The PCC badminton team continued to retain their dominance and “championship or bust” mentality with a 20-1 win over El Camino.
In the third and final meeting between the two schools, the Warriors were able to salvage a point after being shutout in the first two meetings, 42-0.
The Lancers did not make it easy to do so either. PCC’s No. 2 starter Jennifer Delgado gave the Warriors’ Shadera Woodland all she could handle in a three-set battle. After losing the first set, Delgado scored a convincing 21-11 victory in the middle frame before eventually folding.
Delgado was involved in another full set game earlier in the afternoon but she was the victor this time around. She squeaked past El Camino’s No. 1 Oanh Le. After dropping a close opening set, Delgado clinched match point with 21-19 and 21-10 scores.
Every singles match, with the exception of Delgado’s two matches, concluded in straight sets.
Sophomore standout Sandra Maw thrived in the No. 6 spot for the Lancers. She kept her first opponent of the day, Jordan Alvira, under 10 points during both sets in the sweep.
Head Coach Jennifer Ho expressed how grateful she was for her team being so versatile and filled with depth.
“These girls are up for the challenge,” said Ho. “It’s nice to have the flexibility in our line-up to allow us to do so.”
She was then matched with the Warriors’ No. 6 starter Regina Reyes, whom she dismantled 21-2 in the greeting round before a 21-13 finish to end singles play.
El Camino’s No. 1 pairing of Oanh Le and Shadera Woodland were winless in both of the scheduled doubles matches, being shut down by PCC’s top 2 pairings consisting of Sandra Maw and Rebecca Tzou along with Ana Espinoza and Hong Yan Liu respectively.
Pasadena continues to show consistency by reaching the 20-point mark in 5 of their last 6 contests.
Sophomore Ana Espinoza stressed the importance of being focused and dealing with adversity as a team .
“We have to win as a team,” said Espinoza. “We know what has to be done.”
After a 19-2 win over East LA in the season opener, PCC will travel to Monterey Park on Friday Apr. 29, to face the Huskies in the regular season finale.
It will be the Lancers’ last chance to make some adjustments before the SoCal Team Championship versus Irvine Valley on May 4, a tourney that PCC fell just short of winning last season against San Diego Community College.
Espinoza is looking forward to the challenge seizing all of the opportunities presented to her and the team.
“It will be a very intense match,” she said. “They’re [Irvine Valley] a very good team blessed with a lot of experience and have a lot of different tactics so we need to come in and be smarter than them.”