Photos by Thomas Forman
Badminton claimed the CIF Division I Southern Section title, emerging victorious in a series of matches before ultimately attaining the championship versus Cypress on Saturday, May 12. The win marks the climax of the Tigers’ steady upward trend since the badminton team’s official creation in the spring of 2016.
South Pas began its CIF run early in the week, cruising past Baldwin Park 15-6 and Loma Linda 14-7. Momentum from those wins was maintained against Wilson/Hacienda Heights, where the team’s talent earned them a narrow 12-9 victory in the semifinals. The Tigers finally faced off versus Cypress on Saturday, and achieved a 11-10 win for the first place finish.
As in past matches, girls’ and boys’ singles were instrumental in the team’s victory; sophomore Emily Choi, the girls’ singles Almont League champion, effortlessly triumphed over her pair of opponents. Sophomore Charles Liu also reigned victorious by scores of 21-16, 21-16, and 21-6, 21-5 over the Centurions. Sophomore Joan Choi and freshman Jonathan Ng also tallied a win apiece.
While singles provided a solid foundation for success, doubles games cemented the victory. E. Choi and Liu, a doubles pair, and J. Choi and Ng, another pairing, each earned a single win. Junior Steven Wu did his part, rebounding in his second doubles match alongside junior Jiamin Xu after a tough first loss. More significantly, Wu gained a crucial victory in mixed doubles break-point. Due to the absence of sophomore Jamilah Hah, Wu joined forces with sophomore Garima Chand, and the duo emerged superior by scores of 21-14 and 21-18. Chand’s performance, albeit it admirable with Wu, was most notable alongside freshman Sophia Chung. The girls’ doubles pairing achieved a paramount, narrow victory (21-19, 21-17) against Cypress’ second girls’ doubles team.