Badminton falls to Mark Keppel in second match of the season

By Andrew Gruhn

Staff Writer

South Pasadena played its second game of the season on Thursday, March 5 against the Mark Keppel High School Aztecs badminton team, falling 16-3.

South Pasadena, again, only managed to win three games out of the 19 played. In the boys singles, sophomores Michael Wu and Victor Cao defeated their opponents by a margin of six points or greater in the four sets that they played. In boys doubles, freshman Jeffrey Liu and sophomore Mark Wang clinched victory in two close sets, winning 21-16 and 21-15.

“Mark Keppel’s reputation for badminton is no joke,” senior Calvin Lau said. “They were really strong, but in the end it was a really fun game.”

The team’s lack of experience was still present in light of the fact that there has only been one day to practice between its second match and its first match against Alhambra High School on Tuesday, March 3.

“We need to teach our players better strategies for their doubles games,” Lau said. “On the other hand, our singles players have some prior experience playing badminton so we are okay there.”

The team’s third competition will be against San Marino High School on Tuesday, March 10 at 3:15 p.m. However,  is subject to change as the schedule is currently being finalized.