By Diego Linares
The women’s badminton team has won every South Coast Conference match by at least seven points after defeating Pasadena City College 15-6 Friday, March 28 in the Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium.
The Huskies are on a five-game-win-streak in the SCC and are already looking ahead to postseason play.
PCC, currently in second place in the SCC standings, has finished atop the SCC the last five seasons.
“We’re trying to end the season with a complete sweep (of PCC) so hopefully we can end the season with a perfect record,” ELAC Head Coach Qui Nguy said.
The Huskies host El Camino College in the Women’s Gym Friday at 2 p.m.
Khanh Dinh, Suki Kwan and Florencia Zhou Wong all went undefeated in the singles and doubles matches. They contributed in combining for 14 of ELAC’s 15 points against PCC.
The Huskies captured eight of the nine point points available in doubles competition, while earning seven of the 12 points available for singles matches.
“We were prepared,” said Nguy. “Our doubles (teams) did an excellent job. That’s our bread and butter points, the doubles.”
According to Nguy some of the success of the team has been to them working on finishing the set in the second or third shot, making for fast-paced action when faced with a good opponent.
“A lot of it is just thinking ahead – before the next shot you hit – because if you (float) it over they can easily just smash it on you. So, a lot of it depends on the placement of the birdie,” said PCC freshman Carmina Ortiz.
ELAC’s Yuki Tai, who was paired with Kwan in doubles matches, was in a heated three-set singles match with Oriz.
PCC took the point, but Tai’s aggressive footwork and powerful forehand were a good match against the length and finesse Ortiz presented. Both athletes received applause for their efforts after every point.