Badminton overwhelmed Mark Keppel on Thursday, March 15, gaining significant contributions from core players en route to a 16-5 victory. With the win, the talented squad maintains and builds on the momentum established in its season opener on Monday – a 14-7 triumph over Alhambra. The Tigers’ overall record sits at 2-0, setting the stage for a later matchup versus rival San Marino.
South Pas’ dominance was evident by their ability to efficiently close out matches. In badminton, winning two of three games within a match designates a ‘victory’; in 15 of their 16 wins, the Tigers only needed the minimum number of sets – two – to finish off their opponents.
Junior Steven Wu and sophomore Jamilah Hah were clicking on all cylinders against Mark Keppel; they tallied two victories together as a mixed doubles tandem. The athletes each followed that performance with two wins in boys’ doubles and girls’ doubles. Sophomore Emily Choi competed in a similar fashion, achieving two commanding wins with fellow sophomore Charles Liu in mixed doubles before joining Hah in garnering a pair of triumphs in girls’ doubles.
Numerous Tigers showcased their versatility, playing exceptionally with partners as well as on their own. In addition to his wins in mixed doubles, Liu also prevailed on the boys’ singles court, with a close victory in his initial matchup before reigning supreme in his second match. Sophomore Joan Choi and freshman Jonathan Ng added a victory in mixed doubles break point, as well as tallied two wins apiece as singles players.
Badminton will next play at San Marino on Monday, March 19.