Women’s badminton beats Compton, improves to 2-1 on season

Anna Podshivalova

March 18, 2019

The Warriors women’s badminton team defeated Compton College 17-2 on Friday, March 15 at El Camino’s North Gym.

Warriors badminton player Sunya Ungar waiting for the shuttlecock to fall within arm’s reach versus Compton College on Friday, March 15 at El Camino’s North Gym. Photo credit: Anna Podshivalova

Before Friday, the Warriors played only two games on the season. Warriors coach John Britton talked about the roster makeup of this season’s badminton team.

“We got some girls this season who actually only have high school level experience in badminton,” Britton said. “We are expecting to [challenge for] second place and hopefully by the end of this season we will be good enough to be challenging Pasadena.”

One of Compton College’s badminton players lining up a shot versus the Warriors on Friday, March 15 at El Camino’s North Gym. Photo credit: Anna Podshivalova

The atmosphere in El Camino’s North Gym was calm with players from both teams laughing and exchanging jokes during the game.

Warriors badminton coach John Britton and Compton College coach Tony Diaz talking to each other during their teams’ badminton match on Friday, March 15 at El Camino’s North Gym. Photo credit: Anna Podshivalova

The coaches of both teams talked with each other throughout the match.

“Playing against El Camino is funny. We are sisterschools and enjoy the games,” Tony Diaz, head coach of Compton College’s badminton team said.

Warriors badminton player Miyu Kawaguchi and her Compton College competitor shaking hands at the end of their match on Friday, March 15 at El Camino’s North Gym. Photo credit: Anna Podshivalova

The match went on for roughly two hours. Players on both teams were tired by the end, but effort from both sides was evident the entire time.

“We played really hard,” Lauren Ritter of the Warriors badminton team said. “We are a good team.”

The Warriors next game is Friday, March 22 at Pasadena City. It starts at 2 p.m.

Warriors badminton player Miyu Kawaguchi moments from contact with the shuttlecock versus Compton College on Friday, March 15 at El Camino’s North Gym. Photo credit: Anna Podshivalova

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