A New Season Begins for UC San Diego Badminton

POSTED BY LIZ HENRY
Preseason Tournament marked the beginning of UCSD Badminton Club’s first meet up with our competitors. Hosted at UCSD on Sunday, November 12th 2017, with six schools – UC Irvine, UC Los Angeles, UC Riverside, University of Southern California, San Diego State University, and UC San Diego – participated. Badminton players from each school competed against each other in a single elimination tournament. UC San Diego achieved strong results as both Cindy Chan and Lingzhu Deng managed to secure spots in the finals for women’s and men’s singles. Unfortunately, Lingzhu suffered from leg cramps due to his previous intense games in Singles and Doubles, and had to forfeit his final match against Ethan Wu (UCI). On the other hand, Cindy fought hard in her final match against Rebecca Tzou (UCI). Tzou, who was very consistent in her shots, won first place in women’s singles. As for doubles, two pairs from UCSD, Abby Liang and Crystal Doan, as well as Helen Fu and Hortense Le, reached Semifinals in women’s doubles. However, they could not overcome their opponents from SDSU and UCLA. In the meantime, UCI dominated men’s doubles and prevented UCSD from making it past quarterfinals. As for Mixed Doubles, Cindy Chan and Kyle Ng (UCSD) fought their way to quarterfinals, but were eventually cut short by Alice Lai and Desmond Hung (UCLA). As a result, winning second place in Women’s and Men’s Singles and third place in Women’s Doubles, UCSD started the season on an optimistic note, showing that the team is ready to achieve good results in our future league matches.
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Badminton finishes off the season strong

POSTED BY LIZ HENRY
This past Saturday, April 15, UC San Diego Badminton played its final league matches of the season against University of Southern California (USC) and UC Irvine (UCI). UC San Diego had the pleasure of hosting matches this time around, with teams from UC Irvine, as well as UC Riverside (UCR) coming down to visit and compete. Coming into the final two matches undefeated, UC San Diego hoped to continue the winning streak to finish off the season without a loss. Against USC, UC San Diego’s team played exceptionally well in a victory going 11-4 in matches played. Most of UC San Diego’s winning matches were taken convincingly, and any matches lost were very tight, with the point differentials ranging from 2-4 points. The most notable match against USC was Jesper Pedersen’s Men’s Singles match against USC’s Amogh Lonkar. Jesper played a hard fought match, taking it to the full three sets and even extra points with scores of 21-17, 17-21, and 24-26. Thu Le showed a dominating performance in her Women’s Singles match against USC’s Winnie Lai, winning in two straight sets by keeping her opponent under a double-digit number of points each set. This victory put UC San Diego one win away from finishing the season undefeated. UC Irvine proved to be an incredibly strong team this year with the addition of Olympian Philip Chew. Unfortunately for UC San Diego, UCI’s team was too strong to overcome, taking a loss of 2-13 in matches. The two wins for UC San Diego came from Women’s Doubles. Despite a last-minute swap of partners due to injuries, Cindy Chan and Ingrid Chai won against UCI’s Shirley Liu and Bandie Ouch in a close three-set match, with the last set ending with a score of 21-18. Brittany Tang and Amanda Lee also won a tight three-set match against USC’s Dakota He and Monica Nguyen, with their last set also ending with a score of 21-18. Despite the huge discrepancy in match wins, UC San Diego’s team played very well with several matches being within a two to three point margin each set. Overall, UC San Diego finishes the season tied for first place with a record of 7-1, winning against UC Berkeley, UCLA, UCR, CSUSB, UC Davis, Cal Poly SLO, and USC, losing only to UC Irvine. Even with the single loss, the team had a phenomenal season with many new players stepping up and playing their first league matches, and many returning players coming back to keep our lineup as strong as it was. The final event of the season will be the Postseason Tournament held at UCLA on May 6, where UC San Diego looks to take over the competition as it has throughout this entire school year.
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San Diego’s Last League Match of the Quarter

POSTED BY LIZ HENRY
On Sunday the 12th, UC San Diego Badminton competed against two more schools in an exciting series of home games! UC Los Angeles and Cal State San Bernardino (CSUSB) were able to come to San Diego to compete. Additionally we hosted matches for UC Riverside with both of these schools. The collegiate league was excited to welcome back CSUSB to the league, as they previously had taken some years off. A full day of exciting badminton ensued as many people who had previously met at our preseason tournament got the chance to compete in a league-match style competition. Against CSUSB, the continued practice of UC San Diego’s team proved to be too strong, as San Diego swept CSUSB in a straight 14-0 match victory without dropping a single game. This was a very empowering start of the day for UC San Diego and helped propel the momentum of the event for the rest of the day! Notably some of UC San Diego’s newer players got the chance to show their talent as Pyae Maung, Seth Lee, and Edmund Lau all played (and won) in their first league matches. UCLA came to San Diego with a somewhat altered lineup than what was expected.  Several injuries prevented players from coming. Regardless of some of their injured, UCLA fielded a powerful lineup including freshman Jordy Supandi, winner of both men’s singles and men’s doubles in this year’s preseason tournament. San Diego’s matches against UCLA were some of the most contentious of the year thus far, with many matches being played out in split set full games. UCLA beat out San Diego in all three men’s singles games, which San Diego countered with a three match sweep in women’s singles. The rest of the day played out to a score of 5-6 (in UCLA’s favor) before the final matches of the day in mixed doubles and women’s doubles. San Diego’s Martin Hung and Cindy Chan won their mixed doubles match to bring San Diego tied with UCLA. In the final, Dora Trieu and Thu Le finished off their UCLA counterparts for a San Diego victory and final score of 7-6. With these two victories at hand, this continues UC San Diego’s undefeated streak since the start of the year. Thus far San Diego has defeated, UCB, UCLA, UCR, CSUSB, UCD, and Cal Poly SLO, with only UC Irvine and USC left to play. It was absolutely fantastic hosting the three schools that came to San Diego this weekend, and even more fantastic that UC San Diego’s flawless record remains intact thus far in the season. Special thanks to CSUSB for being able to rejoin our league this year and come out to play against quite a few schools.  Let’s keep winning tritons!
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Tritons Come Out On Top Once Again

POSTED BY LIZ HENRY
On Sunday the 12th, UC San Diego Badminton competed against UCLA and Cal State San Bernardino (CSUSB) in an exciting series of home games! The collegiate league was excited to welcome back CSUSB to the league, as they previously had taken some years off.  A full day of exciting badminton ensued as many people who had previously met at our preseason tournament got the chance to compete in a league-match style competition. In the Tritons first matchup against CSUSB, the continued practice of UC San Diego’s team proved to be too strong, as San Diego swept CSUSB in a straight 14-0 match victory without dropping a single game. This was a very empowering start of the day for UC San Diego and helped propel the momentum of the event for the rest of the day!  Notably some of UC San Diego’s newer players got the chance to show their talent as Pyae Maung, Seth Lee, and Edmund Lau all played (and won) in their first league matches. UCLA came to San Diego with a somewhat altered lineup than what was expected.  Several injuries prevented players from coming.  Regardless of some of their injured, UCLA fielded a powerful lineup including freshman Jordy Supandi, winner of both men’s singles and men’s doubles in this year’s preseason tournament.  San Diego’s matches against UCLA were some of the most contentious of the year thus far, with many matches being played out in split set full games.  UCLA beat out San Diego in all three men’s singles games, which San Diego countered with a three match sweep in women’s singles.  The rest of the day played out to a score of 5-6 (in UCLA’s favor) before the final matches of the day in mixed doubles and women’s doubles.  San Diego’s Martin Hung and Cindy Chan won their mixed doubles match to bring San Diego tied with UCLA.  In the final, Dora Trieu and Thu Le finished off their UCLA counterparts for a San Diego victory and final score of 7-6. With these two victories at hand, this continues UC San Diego’s undefeated streak since the start of the year.  Thus far San Diego has defeated, UCB, UCLA, UCR, CSUSB, UCD, and Cal Poly SLO, with only UC Irvine and USC left to play.  It was absolutely fantastic hosting the three schools that came to San Diego this weekend, and even more fantastic that UC San Diego’s flawless record remains intact thus far in the season.  Special thanks to CSUSB for being able to rejoin our league this year and come out to play against quite a few schools.  Let’s keep winning tritons!
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UC Davis Meets UC San Diego in Los Angeles

POSTED BY LIZ HENRY
This past Saturday, UC San Diego Badminton competed in its first official league match of the season. San Diego traveled up to UCLA to compete against UC Davis, in addition to UC Riverside and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo (SLO) in a mini regular season tournament involving six other schools. A full day of matches started with a good competitive atmosphere and reunions for many people in this many-school mash-up. In UC San Diego’s matches against UC Davis, San Diego fielded a strong lineup in men’s singles.  We were able to best our Davis competitors without dropping a single game!  Davis fielded their own strong lineup in both men’s doubles and women’s singles, winning the majority of matches in each of those events.  San Diego’s women’s doubles and mixed doubles teams were able to stay strong and ultimately beat out Davis for the win in both events, giving San Diego the final victory over Davis: 9-6. Against SLO, San Diego was able to win in all five events, with only a single loss in men’s doubles and mixed doubles.  This led to a commanding win by UC San Diego with a final tally of 12-2.  The final competitor, UCR, similarly was overtaken by the strength of the San Diego lineup ultimately resulting in perfects sweeps of men’s singles, women’s singles, and women’s doubles. The final tally against UCR was 11-1. This weekend of matches was an absolutely fantastic way for UC San Diego Badminton to start off the year!  We ended the day with wins against every school, and the highest point total of all schools present that day.  Some players in particular had excellent days including: Ali Viettry who ended the day without dropping a single game in both mixed doubles and men’s singles, Brittany Tang who ended the day without dropping a single game in both women’s doubles and mixed doubles, and Lawrence Leung who ended the day with a fantastic score ratio of 2:1 in his men’s singles matches.  It was great to be able to see so many schools, and have such success in playing them at this tourney.  Special thanks to UCLA for hosting this event, and to Davis and for making the long trek down.  Let’s keep winning Tritons!
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Tritons Take on Cal Bears

POSTED BY LIZ HENRY
This past Wednesday, January 11th, UC San Diego hosted its first scrimmage of the year against the badminton team of University of California, Berkeley. This annual scrimmage match occurs when Berkeley students are still on holiday, allowing them to come down to southern California and play against various schools. In scrimmages and in intercollegiate competitive matches, the top three places in each event from each school, play against each other determining the overall outcome of the tournament.  Despite some team injuries, Berkeley was able to bring down a full squad and both schools enjoyed competitive exciting matches. UC San Diego fielded a strong lineup against Berkeley’s team in men’s singles where UC San Diego’s own Martin Hung, Ali Viettry, and Leo Zhong were all able to come away with a win against their Berkeley competitors.  Berkeley, not to be shown up, won both first and second seed matches in the men’s doubles event.  In both women’s singles, and women’s double UC San Diego was able to win the majority of matches.  Our top women’s doubles team of Thu Le and Dora Trieu beat out their Berkeley counter-parts in a close match for the UC San Diego win and Captain Brittany Tang and Amanda Lee completely dominated their match with a decisive two game win. Our final event of mixed doubles also saw UC San Diego coming away with a majority win to put the final tally of the night at 10-5 in favor of the Tritons!  It was a great way to start the year for UC San Diego badminton with a win, and an absolute pleasure to host Berkeley who came quite the distance for our scrimmage.  Here’s to more Triton victories in the season to come!
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U.C. San Diego’s Inaugural Badminton Tournament of the Year

POSTED BY LIZ HENRY
This past Sunday, November 6, UC San Diego hosted the first badminton tournament of this year. The aptly named Preseason Tournament is a chance for schools in the league to meet the competition for the upcoming year. Many schools from our league, including UCI, UCLA, UCR, and USC, were able to attend with some of their strongest players to start off the year in a particularly competitive single-elimination tournament. Every event of this tournament included intense matches with close scores and fantastic play. UCLA and UCI both brought very powerful lineups this year, with UCI’s including 2016 Olympian Phillip Chew. These two schools were able to sweep women’s, men’s, and mixed doubles: UCI claiming first in mixed, and UCLA winning the other two events.  In both mixed doubles and women’s doubles, UC San Diego faced off against the ultimate winners in semi-finals, and despite a valiant effort were unable to defeat them this time around.  With such a powerful group of players this year, we will face plenty of competition in the league. Outside of doubles, UC San Diego fielded a strong lineup for both women’s and men’s singles.  Our singles player Thu Le was able to quickly move through her bracket without dropping a single game until the finals!  After a contested finals match, Thu came out as the women's singles champion with a final scoreline of 19-21, 21-16, 21-12.  In men’s singles, our own Chetan Potu played many fierce matches, including a victory over the third seed, USC’s Daniel Chow 21-19, 21-19, and the second seed, UCLA’s Albert Li 23-21, 23-21.  After making it all the way to the finals, Chetan played against the first seed, UCLA’s freshman Jordy Supandi.  After a hotly contested first game, with Jordy just barely winning 21-18, Chetan was unfortunately overcome in the second with Jordy walking away with the win. This year’s tournament was very exciting with plenty of highly skilled players in attendance.  We look forward to playing against each school as we prepare for some great competition this season starting in January!
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April 9 & 10 Badminton

POSTED BY MICHAEL ZHONG
UC San Diego Goes to USAB Collegiate Nationals   This past weekend, April 9th and 10th, UC San Diego sent in 12 players to Collegiate Nationals in Pomona, making up 11 teams. This was a national event, but only colleges from California were able to make it for the weekend. There were many great games during the weekend and our players were in many of them. This single elimination tournament proved to be a challenge for many of our teams, but we put out a good fight to the finish.   Notable matches include freshman Chris Pham and senior Thu Le who played Mixed Doubles together. In their second round they faced off against number 1 seed Jeffrey Kuo and Cherie Chow of USC. Our players garnered much attention after showing they could hold their own against the 1st seeds of the tournament. Pham/Le were able to win the first set convincingly with a score of 21-15 because their opponents were not used to playing together. In the second set, there were many fast rallies with net kills and strong smashes but our players lost with a score of 21-19. Our players rallied back in the third set and put up a good fight but lost 21-14. Despite not playing together regularly, Thu and Chris were able to show other schools that they were not to be taken lightly.   Thu was also included in Women’s Doubles with junior Bianca Wibisono. The pair played in sync and made it all the way to semi-finals with aggressive attacks and smart shot choices. They were able to grab 4th place and earn medals.   Senior Misaki Mori, upset Jacqueline Ko of USC, the 3rd seed in Women’s singles, with scores of 23-21, 18-21, and 22-20. With Misaki’s restless spirit she was able to push her opponent to the limits, testing their endurance. Down from 16-20 in the final set, she pushed through with 6 points in a row to clinch the win. Misaki was able to place 4th in singles. She also played with sophomore Ali Viettry in Mixed Doubles, where the pair made it all the way to the finals of the consolation bracket. The pair put up a good fight with great defense and strong smashes by Ali, but they were unable to finish and lost with scores of 15-21 and 16-21.   Over the course of the weekend our players have played some of their best games yet. There is still much room to grow and improve. Overall UC San Diego placed 5th at Collegiate Nationals. The team is proud and is looking forward to the future.  
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April 3 Badminton

POSTED BY MICHAEL ZHONG
UC San Diego Plays Their Final Match of the Season   In our league match against UCI this past weekend at UCI (4/3), UC San Diego played a convincing game, but sadly came up short, losing to them 6-9 out of 15 matches. Many matches were close, and our players tried their best.   Honorable mentions include freshmen Chris Pham and Justin Yur playing Men’s Doubles 1 against UCI’s Ethan Wu and Francis Yao. In a close 3 set match our players won the first set 23-21, but Ethan and Francis were able to bring it back the second set with a score of 21-17. In the final set, our boys pushed through with good defense and fast shots. This led them to climb up from a deficit to catch up to Francis and Ethan, but were just a bit short of victory with a final score of 21-19.   For Mixed Doubles, captain Albert Nguyen and freshman Cindy Chan played a strong game against UCI’s Hieu Trinh and Deborah Park. The match proved difficult with Deborah's net play and Hieu’s aggressive style, but Albert and Cindy’s resilience were able to get them to a third set. Although they made it this far the previous two games burnt both of them out. They gave it their all, but lost with a final score of 21-17, 18-21, 14-21.14.   As our season comes to a close, our women have shown that they are a consistent and powerful force. Five out of six of the wins came from Women's Singles and Doubles. Overall, our team came in fourth place in the SCCBL, and we are looking forward to a strong performance at our league Postseason Tournament with a loss for UCI. The two matches that split could have gone either way, which would have given us a win. We hope for the post season tournament.
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Tritons Take On the Bruins

POSTED BY LAUREN SAWVELLE
This past weekend, UC San Diego’s badminton players traveled to UCLA for a league match. Originally, UC San Diego was also supposed to have matches against Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and CSU San Bernardino as well, but due to unforeseen circumstances, they were unable to attend and had to reschedule. This year, the men’s side was missing many of our top players, so many young players had to step up and fill in their spots. While they tried their hardest, unfortunately UCLA’s newer players proved to be very formidable. Some notable games include Men’s Doubles #2, with Kenneth Hui and Captain Lawrence Guintu taking on UCLA’s Albert Li and Michael Xiong. They played a very close and match-deciding game, but were unable to clinch a victory, losing 14-21, 22-20, 15-21. On the other hand, the girls nearly swept all of their matches winning 5 out of their 6 events. Honorable mention to new player Misaki Mori, an exchange student from Japan studying here for her final year. She easily defeated her UCLA opponents with scores of 21-13, 21-9 vs Joanna Hao in singles and 21-9, 21-16 in doubles along with fellow teammate Bianca Wibisono. Bianca also posted another win for UCSD in the Mixed Doubles #3 match with freshman Justin Yur with a score of 21-17, 21-14 against UCLA’s Yicheng Wang and Evelyn Molina. While our players fought hard and tried their best, the Tritons fell to UCLA with a final score of 6-9. However, the state of our team looks promising, as many young players were able to show that they can hold their own against some of the top players in Southern California.
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Feb 28 Badminton

POSTED BY MICHAEL ZHONG
The Tritons Take a Win and Loss On Sunday February 28th, The UC San Diego Badminton Club went up against last season’s first place team USC as well as UCR. We knew USC would prove to be a tough match, but our players knew that it wasn’t impossible to win. As for UCR, many of their female players were not able to make it to the match, allowing us to give our younger players an opportunity to represent our school and gain valuable playing experience against UCR’s veteran players. During the match against USC, 8 out of 15 nailbiter games went the full three sets. These notable matches included many new players, including a close singles game that went to third set with freshman Kyle Ng from UC San Diego with scores 21-18, 20-22, and 21-16. It was Kyle’s first league match of the season, and he proved to be a promising player in the future with his fast reflexes and movement. Exchange student Misaki Mori has proved to be a valuable asset to this years’ team. With so far being undefeated in league matches, she unfortunately experienced her first loss against number one seed Jacqueline Ko in Women’s Singles from USC. Misaki put up a tough match tiring out Jacqueline and took it to a third set with long rallies and smart shot choices. With a final score of 21-19, 20-22, and 18-21, the game clearly could have gone either way. And finally, in arguably one of the closest matches of the day, freshman Chris Do Pham and Justin Yur took on USC doubles two pair Dustin Tso and Ryan Tam. After 3 sets of fast paced shots, smashes, and yelling, our boys narrowly lost with a final score of 22-24, 21-19, and 23-21. Our pair put up a good fight and proved that even though they didn’t win, they were still a strong competitor. While our team took a loss with a final score of 4-11, many matches were close and could have swayed the game in our favor. Against UC Riverside, many freshmen and first year transfer students were given their first opportunity to represent the Tritons. It was Jason Ho’s first league match, and he took on UCR’s Ryan Wales--one of their more experienced players. Although Jason lost, he spent over 45 minutes on court and was able to take his singles match to three games with a score of 13-21, 21-18, 17-21. Freshman Kyle Ng also paired up with returning member Vincent Tsui and won their doubles match in straight sets against UCR’s Ray Wu and Adrian Li, with a score of 21-15, 21-8. Overall, UC San Diego beat UCR with a score of 10-5. Overall, our team experienced a win and a loss. Our experienced players played well, like they always have, and showed that no matter what, as long as the game was not over, there was still a chance to win. While we did not come out on top for both of those matches our younger and newer players showed much spirit and promise to the future of the team.  
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Feb 7 Badminton

POSTED BY MICHAEL ZHONG
Tritons Take On the Bruins   This past weekend, UC San Diego’s badminton players traveled to UCLA for a league match. Originally, UC San Diego was also supposed to have matches against Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and CSU San Bernardino as well, but due to unforeseen circumstances, they were unable to attend and had to reschedule. This year, the men’s side was missing many of our top players, so many young players had to step up and fill in their spots. While they tried their hardest, unfortunately UCLA’s newer players proved to be very formidable. Some notable games include Men’s Doubles #2, with Kenneth Hui and Captain Lawrence Guintu taking on UCLA’s Albert Li and Michael Xiong. They played a very close and match-deciding game, but were unable to clinch a victory, losing 14-21, 22-20, 15-21. On the other hand, the girls nearly swept all of their matches winning 5 out of their 6 events. Honorable mention to new player Misaki Mori, an exchange student from Japan studying here for her final year. She easily defeated her UCLA opponents with scores of 21-13, 21-9 vs Joanna Hao in singles and 21-9, 21-16 in doubles along with fellow teammate Bianca Wibisono. Bianca also posted another win for UCSD in the Mixed Doubles #3 match with freshman Justin Yur with a score of 21-17, 21-14 against UCLA’s Yicheng Wang and Evelyn Molina. While our players fought hard and tried their best, the Tritons fell to UCLA with a final score of 6-9. However, the state of our team looks promising, as many young players were able to show that they can hold their own against some of the top players in Southern California.  
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Nov 15 Badminton

POSTED BY MICHAEL ZHONG

Tritons Host Southern California Collegiate Badminton League - Preseason Badminton Tournament

This past Sunday, November 15th, the UC San Diego Badminton Club hosted the league’s Preseason Tournament. There were many breathtaking matches and UC San Diego  placed high in most events. Although we did not place first in any events, we managed to have a set of players in the finals for Men’s Doubles and Women’s Singles as well as four other teams in semifinals. One of the earlier highlight matches involved UC San Diego Men’s Singles player Dian Shi; he was deadlocked in an extremely close match with USC’s player Daniel Chow, who was seeded fourth in the tournament. As the rallies ensued, Shi held his own and pushed Chow to a third game. The score for their matches were 21-19, 12-21, and 16-21 respectively. In Women’s Singles, we had two-year team member Thu Le sweep through the bracket, where she faced fellow teammate Hortense Le at the semifinal stage eventually tiring out her fellow teammate and taking the win. In the end, however, Thu Le lost to UCI’s infamous Cally Chung and placed second. In Men’s Singles, our top player and former team captain Chetan Potu faced an early challenge in the second round against USC’s Takeru Hosaka and prevailed with score of 21-12, 21-12. He would later meet his high school teammate and rival Daniel Chow (USC) at the semifinal stage, where they played a back-and-forth match that went three games long. However, Potu was unable to win his singles match. In Men’s Doubles, our two top doubles players Chetan Potu and Kenneth Hui breezed through their opponents until the semifinal stage, where Potu/Hui met USC’s Daniel Chow and Andrew Kao. This time, Potu got his revenge and UC San Diego came out on top in two straight games. However, Potu and Hui were unable to beat USC’s Jeffrey Kuo and Henry Liu in the finals, and UC San Diego took home second place in Men’s Doubles. In Women’s Doubles, our top pair Bianca Wibisono and Thu Le made it all the way to semifinals where they would meet Cally Chung and Kimmy Ny from UCI. Although the game was close, eventually Thu Le’s previous exhaustion from other matches took a toll on the game. With a score of 21-17, 15-21, and 21-12 our girls sadly lost. Last, but certainly not least, our third-ranked pair for mixed doubles surprised everyone by making it all the way to semifinals. Returning player Douglas Pan teamed up with new junior transfer Helen Fu to beat the tournament’s third seeds Austin Lee and Lucy Gao from UCLA. They then met their teammates Albert Nguyen and Cindy Chan in the quarterfinals, where they would play for a spot in the semifinals. Pan and Fu emerged on top after a long and intense match with the score being 16-21, 21-19, 21-16. Unfortunately, Pan and Fu were unable to beat USC’s Andrew Kao and Jacqueline Ko, and took home a third place spot for Mixed Doubles. Despite the fact that UC San Diego Badminton did not take home gold this year, we still managed to take second in two events and held our own with many teams in semifinals, giving a bright outlook into the season to come.
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