On May 14, 2019, the badminton team emphatically ended the inaugural season of PSAA badminton with an 11-0 win over Long Island Lutheran in the PSAA Championship. It would be a long 1,046 days until they took the court again for an official match after the 2020 and 2021 seasons were disrupted by COVID-19. But finally, last Friday afternoon, the Bears finally began the defense of their three-year-old undefeated title, and did so in convincing fashion in a 9-2 victory over Knox.
Andrew Wong (15-13, 16-14) and Daniel Kim (15-8, 15-6) won two of the three boys’ singles matches while Rebecca Pan (15-8, 15-9), Nancy Man (16-14, 14-16, 15-10), and Catherine Wang (15-5, 15-9) swept the girls’ singles matches. Glen Choi played a riveting first singles match that packed both teams around court number three and elicited roars after every thrilling rally. Choi eventually dropped his match, 10-15, 10-15 to a player he went to middle school with in South Korea.
On the doubles side, the Bears continued to flex their muscles as David Liu and Steven Yu (10-15, 15-12, 15-11) and William Tao and Richard Lu (15-13, 15-5) swept the boys’ matches while Annie Cao and Ariel Yu (15-4, 15-0) helped the Brook split the girls’ doubles matches. Ethan Rao and Irene Qin (15-9, 15-11) won the lone mixed doubles match.
The Bears are back in action on April 13 in a home match-up with Portledge.