The women’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.

“We played pretty well. [We had some] early season stuff, but it was good to get out with a win,” 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.

“Shag [Avadisian] played well, and so did Angie [Ortiz],” noted Sanchez. Both Ortiz and Avadisian won their singles matches and Ortiz left the gym winning every match she played including both doubles matches.

“I played pretty well,” said Ortiz. “[I] had a good comeback with eight or nine points in a row.” 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 couldn’t hang on.

“[The score] 31-29 was kind of ridiculous,” said Boyt, “but I came back and won the second and third game.”

Boyt fought back hard, taking the last two games to win the unusual match. “ It was unlike any game I’ve seen,” 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. 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.

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