By Desiree Lopez
The East Los Angeles women’s badminton team beat El Camino College Compton Center in South Coast Conference play with a final score of 19-2 Friday in the women’s gym.
ELAC opened the season with an 18-3 win at El Camino College Wednesday.
The Huskies will be facing one of their toughest opponents, Pasadena City College on Wednesday March 19 in the Women’s Gym at 3 p.m. Admission is free. Pasadena beat Compton 20-1.
Being the second game of the season and the first home game, first-year team captain Yuki Tai, “My expectations for this game is for the girls to try their best since it is one of the first games of the season,” Tai said.
ELAC’s No. 4 player Florencia Zhan Wong beat Lina Gonzales of Compton 21-5, 21-2. Wong also beat Marlene Monzon 21-13, 21-2.
Chumeng Cheng, the Huskies No. 5 player, beat Compton’s Gonzales and Monzon. Cheng also beat Gonzales 21-10, 21-6 followed by a cliffhanger against Monzon 21-19, 21-2.
ELAC’s Han Le beat Ari Aguilera 21-2, 21-7 and Ingrid Flores 21-8, 21-7.
In doubles play, ELAC’s team of Suki Kwan and Wong had a big win of 21-8, 21-5 against Martha Vega and Monzon. Kwan and Wong then beat Jessica Phillips and Gonzales 21-4, 21-5.
The Husky doubles team of Yuki Tai and Shaojin Wei also beat the Tartar’s Phillips and Gonzales 21-10, 21-9. Tai and Wei beat Vega and Monzon, 2-1, losing the second game 21-18.
ELAC’s Cheng and Han Le beat Compton’s Flores and Aguilera 21-7, 21-13 adding yet more pionts to the Huskies total points.
“Right now the team is a bit rusty, I want them to get ready since this year we only have three returners. We just need to be more aggressive,” ELAC Head Badminton Coach Qui Nguy said.
“The girls from other teams play other sports such as basketball, softball and are more athletic. Our girls need to improve on that.”