Badminton shows off depth

John Magus

The City College badminton team was victorious against crosstown rival Mesa College on March 25 at the Harry West Gymnasium.

Their 15-6 victory extends their winning streak to three games and puts their overall record at 4-1.
Their streak and recent history of state championships have led the Knights to set high goals for their season.

During his five-year-run as head coach, Son Nguyen has led the Knights to three state championships and hopes to return once again this year.

“Our team is really strong compared to other teams. We’re a lot better than (the teams locally),” said Nguyen. “(Our goal) is to make it past conference and to state.”

Nguyen said that this victory against Mesa College showed off the Knights depth. “Our number one and our number six (in the lineup) play at the same level,” said Nguyen. “(Other teams) might be strong at the top, but our bottom players are really strong so we can get the points back from them.”
Rosalinda Nguyen is one of the players Coach Nguyen refers to when he speaks about depth.

The sophomore player is number four in the Knights’ lineup. She returns for her second run on the Knights badminton team and echoes her coach’s sentiments.

“I don’t think we have any weaknesses,” said Rosalinda. “Other teams have really strong players; (however), our team is really steady from one through six.”

Mesa College Sophomore Tommy Tran has played badminton for the Olympians the last two years and ranks the Knights team among the best he’s seen in their conference.

“They have a deep lineup,” said Tran. “Their roster is really impressive.”