Badminton Knights take over Olympians

Luisa Sausedo

On April 15, City College’s badminton team defeated the Mesa College Olympians, 17-4, during their final game at Mesa College 15 before the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Individual tournament on April 22.

During the first set of the singles matches, Knight sophomore Thao Le faced off against Olympian Mai Truong during the first match of the game.

Le defeated Truong in two sets, 21-19, 21-9. She played fiercely with quick feet and a fast reaction toward the birdie.

City College won 10 out of the 12 singles, with two of the matches being forfeited by Mesa College due to a lack of players to compete.

Le was a member of the State Champions badminton team at City College last year and is one of the most skilled players on the team this season.

“Playing Mesa College today I felt very confident because we have been preparing all season, and as expected, I think we did really well here,” said Le after the game.

Le partnered with freshman Jen Mendez during a doubles match and upset Mesa College’s Melanie Stuart and Thi Vo with a two set victory, 21-7, 21-8.

“We’re still training,” said Mendez after being asked about how they’re going to approach the PCAC Individual tournament. “I just started playing badminton again this January. I played for my high school nine years ago for four years, so getting back on badminton is like a great thing. I’m still kind of rusty but I’m getting there.”

The Knights overall record was 3-6 after defeating the Olympians ,17-4.

City College will participate in the PCAC Individual tournament hosted at Irvine Valley College at 10 a.m. on April 22.

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