Badminton destroys Fullerton Hornets

Andrea Malloyd

The Knights women’s badminton team pummeled the Fullerton College Hornets 21-0 at home in Harry West Gymnasium March 12.

The women played relentlessly against the Hornets and never let them score a single point, defeating all of their opponents in their singles, doubles and head-on matches.

First-year competitor and lead scorer Tinh Nguyen has been a key factor for Head Coach Son Nguyen, who has been coaching the Knights for four years.

During the singles match, the women were each paired with an opponent in six courts. In court one, Nguyen defeated her opponent Krishna Shah of the Hornets 21-11.

“I try my best, Fullerton was a fun game. So far I haven’t met anybody on my level (of competition), but so far it’s the beginning of the season,” said T. Nguyen.

The other matches taking place were: Court 2: Crisselda Vinluan v. Erin Kirtley, Court 3: Van Ho v. Myrriam Cardinal, Court 4: Angel Chao v. an unknown player who could not be reached by press time, Court 5: Rosalinda Nguyen v. Betsy Franco and Court 6: Tanya Maldonado v. Ashtha Shanmuganathan.

Each lady on the team scored 21 points and kept their opponents’ score in the single digits; the highest number of points the Hornets scored was nine points and the lowest was zero in the singles matches.

During the two-on-two matches, the 12 women were divided onto three courts each. The following match-ups were played: Court 1: T. Nguyen and Vin-luan v. Kirtley and Shah, Court 2: Ho and R. Nguyen v. Cardinal and the unidentified player, and Court 3: Chao and Maldonado v. Franco and Shanmuganathan.

The two-on-two matches were dominated by City College, as the women outscored their opponents by double digits again. The three double-match wins helped the Knights pin six points onto the scoreboard.

Collectively, 21 matches were played. City College dominated in all of the matches, shutting out Fullerton 21-0 in the end.

After beating Fullerton at home, the women traveled to Grossmont College March 17, and defeated the Griffins 21-0 improving to a 3-0 record for the season.

Grossmont’s novice players were no match for Coach Nguyen’s experienced squad.

“Grossmont has a lot of new players on their team, or at least that’s what I heard from the coach. We still want to play hard against teams like that and do our best,” said Coach Nguyen.

The team won a Pacific Coast Conference championship title in 2007, placed second in conference last year and is hopeful to bring another PCC title home this season.

“All I can do is go out there and give my 200 percent. All that matters is what is happening on the court,” said T. Nguyen.