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Sunday, April 20, 2014

SBC still unbeaten in Traders tourney

Saipan Badminton Club’s Hannah Choi is seen here eyeing a return during her and Sam Jones’ doubles game against the Berks Blazers’ Ferdie Arago and Lani Bartolome in Week 2 of the Traders Insurance tournament at the TSL Sports Complex. (Roselyn B. Monroyo) Defending champion Saipan Badminton Club is likely to get the top seeding in the playoff round of the 2012 Traders Insurance Badminton Team Tournament after recording its third win last weekend at the TSL Sports Complex.

SBC crushed TAGA Badminton Club, 22-8, to remain undefeated in the five-club tournament and moved one win away from sweeping the round-robin elimination. The defending champion, which routed the Golden Racquets (35-25), 20-10, and Berks Blazers (45-45), 21-9, in Weeks 1 and 2, respectively, won eight of the its 10 matches against TAGA to improve to a field best 63-27 record (games won/games loss). TAGA remained at the cellar with a dismal 14-46 slate, nine wins behind fourth place Shirley’s Badminton Club (23-37), and must win as many games as it can in its last two assignment to keep its semis chances alive. Only the Top 4 teams after round-robin play will make it to the next round of the annual tournament.

A near sweep in the women’s doubles gave SBC the needed cushion against TAGA and the former went on to complete the demolition after going 4-for-5 in the mixed division.

The defending champion won three of the four women’s doubles tiffs after only two games. Malou Malasarte and Hannah Choi recorded the first win for SBC after they downed Merlie Tolentino and Shirley Kim in the A division, 21-19, 21-19. Heo In Sook and Alma Ortega also made short work of Elna Curate and Tolentino in the B division, 21-17, 21-19, while Ortega partnered with Diane Francisco in recording another win via sweep against Kim and Lanie Santos in the BC category, 21-18, 21-18.

The AB class was the lone women’s doubles game that went the distance with Malasarte and Lee So Young edging Loida Ito and Cristy Villaflor, 21-13, 14-21, 21-17.

In the mixed doubles, SBC prevailed in the first two matches with Oh Im Bog and Sook defeating Celso Agui and Emily Vargas in the BB level, 21-14, 21-14, and Jexter Caranto and Alma Ortega beating Agui and Tolentino in the BC division, 21-18, 21-18.

The mixed A match between the pairs of Glenn Bluutjens and Malasarte and Andrew Galvez and Ito also went to three games with the former winning, 21-11, 16-21, 21-16. Galvez then bounced back in the AB level, as he and Curate swept Sam Jones and Lee So Young, 21-17, 21-18 but TAGA failed to make it two in a row, as Johann Noetzel and Rose Lazaro bowed to SBC’s Son Jae Ok and Julie Lee in the C division, 5-21, 17-21.

Then in the lone men’s double match, Agui finally won in Week 3, as he and A.J. Ortega survived Kevin and Joel Ortega in the C division, 21-18, 17-21,21-16.

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