The Irvine Valley women'sbadminton teamis back on top. A year after notmaking the CCCAA badminton state championship, the Lasers won the 2011 team title Thursday afternoon with a 14-7 win overdefending state champion City College of San Francisco at the City College of San Francisco's Wellness Center Gymnasium.
It was Irvine Valley's sixth state badminton championship - the last coming in 2009 when IVC also beat City College of San Francisco.
"This means a lot because the level of play of community college badminton has really gotten stronger," Coach Martin McGrogan said. "We had to battle to just make it out of the South. Pasadena City was tough and San Diego City and San Diego Mesa were both very good. The competition was tougher all the way around."
The team title was closer than the score indicated with it all coming down to the final two doubles matches. CCSF needed to win both in order to claim the championship but IVC's doubles teams were up to the task with the teams of Thuy Hoang and Maddie Sapigao and Ann Nim and Vimla Phongasavithas each winning in straight games.
Irvine Valley's top three singles players were dominant on the day.
Hoang, Phongasavithas and Nim went a combined 6-0 in their matches and the three were part of four doubles wins.
Hoang, IVC's top player, continued her two-year dominance. The reigning state individual singles and doubles champion, Hoang won her two singles matches, 21-16, 21-10, and, 21-9, 21-10.
Hoang stayed unbeaten in singles on the season.
"This is atestament to all of our players,"McGrogan said. "We are lucky to have two outstanding players in Thuy and Vimla. The others also stepped up. Maddie came out from volleyball and did a great job. Ann was terrific and often got maximum points for us. And Nancy (Chen)and Gigi (Siu) worked hard and improved all year."
The state title was Irvine Valley's third for a sport this school year, which is a college record.
IVC women's golf and men's volleyball teams also claimed state championships. In both 1993 (women's cross country and men's volleyball) and 2003 (men's soccer and women's badminton), Irvine Valley won two state titles.
The badminton state championships continue in San Francisco on Friday and Saturday with the individual singles and doubles tournaments.
Irvine Valley 14, City College of San Francisco 7
Khin Yupar (CCSF) lost to Vimla Phongasavithas (IVC), 21-15, 21-17; lost to Thuy Hoang (IVC) 21-16, 21-10
Chloe Chung (CCSF) lost to Thuy Hoang (IVC) 21-9, 21-10; lost to Vilma Phongasavithas (IVC) 21-9, 21-12
Cindy Wong (CCSF) def. Nancy Chen (IVC), 21-4, 21-3; lost to Ann Nim (IVC), 21-15, 21-15
Mei Wong (CCSF) lost to Ann Nim (IVC), 21-10, 21-14; def. Nancy Chen (IVC), 21-6, 21-3
Sina Lippell (CCSF) def. Gigi Siu (IVC), 21-5, 21-8; def. Maddie Sapigao (IVC) 21-10, 21-9
Cecilia Ren (CCSF) def. Maddie Sapigao (IVC), 21-12, 21-12; def. Gigi Siu (IVC), 21-4, 21-6
Cindy Wong/Khin Yupar (CCSF) lost to Thuy Hoang/Maddie Sapigao (IVC), 21-14, 21-15; lost to Ann Nim/Vimla Phongasavithas (IVC) 21-10, 21-15
Mei Wong/Shannon Cho (CCSF) lost to Vimla Phongasavithas/Ann Nim (IVC), 21-6, 21-12; lost to Thuy Hoang/Maddie Sapigao (IVC) 21-15, 21-9
Dery Rosalin/Christine Soriano (CCSF) def. Nancy Chen/Gigi Siu (IVC), 21-6, 21-6; Records: CCSF 8-2; IVC 10-0