The 2018 California Community College Athletic Association State Women's Badminton championship match will have a familiar ring to it Thursday-Saturday, May 10-12 at San Diego City College.
The same two teams that battled it out the past two seasons in the team championship final are back again as defending state champ Pasadena City College takes on 2016 champ Fresno City College on Thursday in the third consecutive meeting of the two colleges. Both teams are undefeated with PCC at 12-0 after winning its fourth straight South Coast Conference title and then the SoCal crown in a 15-6 victory on May 2 against PCAC champ Irvine Valley. Coached by Carol Kadingo, Fresno is 9-0 as the Rams swept through their Northern Coast Conference opponents.
The Lancers, directed by head coach Jen Ho, are led by the returning All-American doubles team of Natalie Ong and Amy Huang, who also happen to be Pasadena's No. 1 and No. 2 singles players this season. Fresno returns three middle ladder players from its state finalist of last year in Linda Vue, Bao Vang, and Amy Vang. Vue and Bao Vang are an experienced doubles team. Both of the PCC v. Fresno state title matches were decided by 11-10 scores and each of the last three state finals were by that count. San Diego CC beat De Anza by that score in 2015.