Badminton struggles in South Coast Conference championships

By Samuel Gonzales

The ELAC women’s badminton team got off to a slow start at the 2013 South Coast Conference championships last weekend at Pasadena City College.

Top seeded players Shirley Su and Cherry Lai both were unable to win their first matches.

“I wasn’t ready, I was very tired and I didn’t eat a good breakfast,” Su said. After losing her first match Su was knocked out when she lost her second to Queen Pabellan of San Francisco City College, two games to none.

Lai had only arrived about ten minutes before her match began, “I was very disappointed but I’m ready for doubles,” Lai said after her loss.

After losing her first match, Lai was able to rally herself into the semifinals, but Lai ended up losing her match by default to Corrine Belandres of El Camino College, which knocked her out of the singles consolation championship bracket.

Lai was unable to make the tournament on time due to the false postings of match times on the tournament websites.

In the doubles championship only 1 out of the 3 ELAC teams won their first match to advance in the championship bracket. Chuyan Lao and Yuki Tai were the only doubles team to win.

“I was very surprised we won but I’m very happy with how we played,” Tai said.

They advanced in the championship bracket while Lai and  Sue as well as Cong Tian and Suki Kwan fell into the consolation bracket.

Despite winning their first match Lao and Tai were bounced out of the tournament after losing their next match to the team of Sheng Li and Jessica Dinh from De Anza College.

The other two doubles teams also had quick exits losing their next games in the consolation quarterfinals.

Even though most of the players were disappointed with their performances, ELAC Assistant Coach Lena Zeng said to be proud of the team

Although the year did not end the way they might have liked the ELAC badminton team had a great season.

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