The womenâ€™s badminton team won 13-8 on Friday in a tough contest on the road against East Los Angeles College.
The friendly introductions prior to the match quickly gave way to fierce competition and strong play on both sides.
â€œWe played pretty well. [We had some] early season stuff, but it was good to get out with a win,â€ Head Coach Bill Sanchez said.
PCC won a majority of the singles matches going 8-4, and then took two out of three in the doubles matches.
â€œShag [Avadisian] played well, and so did Angie [Ortiz],â€ noted Sanchez.Â Both Ortiz and Avadisian won their singles matches and Ortiz left the gym winning every match she played including both doubles matches.
â€œI played pretty well,â€ said Ortiz. â€œ[I] had a good comeback with eight or nine points in a row.â€Â A state champion last year, Ortiz won easily in her singles matches 21-10, 21-10, and 21-5, 21-5.
Alyssa Boyt had a marathon singles game in her first matchup, a 31-29 heartbreaker in which she couldnâ€™t hang on.
â€œ[The score] 31-29 was kind of ridiculous,â€ said Boyt, â€œbut I came back and won the second and third game.â€
Boyt fought back hard, taking the last two games to win the unusual match. â€œ It was unlike any game Iâ€™ve seen,â€ said Sanchez.
The Lancers have now won two in a row to bring the conference record to (2-0), (2-2) overall, and they face ECC Compton in their upcoming matchup.
It was a good outing for PCC winning on the road at the start of their conference schedule.Â They have a home stand on the way with three in a row coming to Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium, which should help them round into mid-season form.