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Badminton update: Rodriguez, Armijo head toward post season

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From page B7 | April 18, 2014 |

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Rodriguez's Bianca Cortez plays a badminton match against Armijo's Serenity Liew, Thursday in the Armijo Gym. (Robinson Kuntz/Daily Republic)

FAIRFIELD — The birdies are flying all over local gymnasiums and two city teams are preparing to make a run at the postseason.

Here’s a look at this year’s teams:

Rodriguez

The Mustangs are the class of the Monticello Empire League, with seven senior girls leading the way.

Raiza Balancio, Bianca Cortez,  Arlene Garcia, Sarah Ho, Marika Ongpauco, Kristine Paeste and Mikaela Peralta anchor the singles ladder,

Some of the younger players making a mark are returning juniors Janelle Sandhu, Nicole Vu, Lei Paeste,Vanessa Vega and sophomores Gabrielle Braganza, Leilani Cepeda and Hyojin Lee. This year’s newcomers to look out for are Nicole Johnston, Noelle Joseph, Jackyln Sandhu.

“The seniors this year are a great inspiration to the team, and I believe they contribute their leadership and attitude as the driving force of the team’s success this year,” coach Neo Thao said. “As the season is going by, all players have steadily improved through the season.”

Armijo

The Indians are on the younger side, with 19 brand new players and 27 freshmen and sophomores out.

The top five singles players are Serenity Liew, Kathleen Boholst, Lenora Quinonez, Donna Tran and Akena Reyes.

The top five doubles teams are  Liew and Stephanie Weber, Boholst and Reyes, Quinonez and Vy Nyugen, Tran and Noni Guevara, and Angelica Roxas  and Ysabelle Balomadres.

“I am expecting the top returning players to lead by example,” coach Lawrence Trigg said. “We are highly experienced at the top of our singles and doubles ladder this year. I believe that they will push each other to excellence as we seek to defend our league title. I  am looking forward to see who the next crop of up and coming players will be this year.”

Mustangs 13, Indians 2

Rodriguez got its second victory of the season over Armijo after a 13-2 in MEL play, Thursday.

Peralta, Ongpuaco, Kristine Paeste, Vu and Angelica Dagcuta were double winners for the Mustangs.

Liew endured a tough win for the Indians (12-3, 11-2 MEL), defeating Cortez 21-17, 15-21, 21-16 at No. 1 singles.

Another 3-game match was at No. 6 singles as Kristine Paeste defeated Armijo’s Balomadres 17-21, 21-18, 21-15.

The Indians other win came at No. 3 doubles as Noni Guevara and Donna Tran won 12-21, 21-16, 21-12 over Janelle Sandhu and May Abdelnaby of Rodriguez.

Armijo travels to Vintage Friday.

Brian Arnold

Brian Arnold

1992 graduate of San Francisco State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism.
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