Hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard. For Xiaoming Yao, it was the daily grind of trying to become a better badminton player that took up most of her time. Countless days of conditioning and learning the fundamentals helped Yao hone her skills to become one of the finest badminton players Pasadena City College had to offer.
Last Wednesday the PCC badminton emerged victorious against San Diego Community College in two “nerve-wracking” doubles performances.
PCC’s badminton team — who objectively has been the most successful athletic team this school has seen in recent years, winning back-to back state championships and going undefeated during that span — lost their first game since 2016 on Friday.
Players vigorously swung their rackets in 29 games, sending featherlike shuttlecocks — also known as birdies — flying back and forth over five courts at home in PCC’s Hutto-Patterson Gym, resulting in a decisive season-opening win for the Lancers against the El Camino Warriors, 17-4, on Friday.