The Lancers badminton team remains unbeaten following a blowout 21-0 win at El Camino College-Compton Center on Friday.
Following their latest win, PCC extended their winning streak to six games and comfortably sit at the top of the South Coast Conference standings. Trailing Pasadena is No. 2 East Los Angeles with a 3-2 overall record this season.
Head coach Jennifer Ho attributes the team’s success to their hard work but also the lack of competition the girls see in the SCC.
“Our girls train extremely hard,” Ho said. “Unfortunately the competition in this conference just isn’t there, but our girls still give it 110% every game.”
The scores of the games this season show the competition PCC have in their conference, or lack thereof. Ho and her girls have held the opposition scoreless three times this season, including another 21-0 win over ECC-Compton last month.
They aren’t just winning, they’re winning by a lot. With their second string.
“We could have swept the floor with them,” Ho said. “I could have played my better girls but I decided to give my second players a shot.”
However, the Lancers can’t afford to go into every game thinking it’s going to be a cakewalk, especially with their upcoming game against De Anza.
De Anza repeated as CCCAA State Team Champions in 2013 and 2014. They were also crowned CCCAA State Individual Champions in singles and doubles in 2014.
While the Lancers did get the best of De Anza last year in the doubles championship match, De Anza beat them in singles.
And so a rivalry was born.
“It’s going to be a great match,” Ho said. “We might not win. We’re going to have to really work for it, but it’s going to be a great match.”
Sophomore Eugenia Mendez knows the team can win if they go in with the right mindset.
“If we go in with the same confidence we’ve gone into every game with this season, we can win,” Mendez said. “But if we go into the game without focus, we’re going to lose.”
Not only will this be a good test for the Lancers, but it will also be a learning experience for the team, according to sophomore Sandra Maw.
“It’s good practice. Good practice with different people not from our conference,” Maw said.
The De Anza grudge match starts at 3 p.m. on Wednesday at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium.