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May 31, 2011 > Milpitas badminton comes up short at CCS

Milpitas badminton comes up short at CCS

By Giovanni Albanese Jr.

Robert Zeng and the team of Larry Chan and Louis Tsai entered the Central Coast Section Badminton Championships, representing Milpitas High School last week. While all had success early on, none were able to capture the glory of a title.

In the opening day of the tournament on Tuesday, May 24, Zeng took on Morgan Chien-Hale from Archbishop Mitty in the first round of boys singles play. Zeng took the first set 15-10 before Chien-Hale rebounded for a second-set, 15-12 win to force a third and final set. Chien-Hale put up a valiant effort, but came up short to Zeng, 17-14.

In the second round of the boys singles bracket, also on May 24, Zeng took on Eric Yee of Santa Clara High School. Similar to his first-round win, Zeng opened the match with a 15-10 first-set victory. However, unlike his win over Chien-Hale, Zeng proceeded to drop the next two sets to Yee, both by the 15-6 score, sending the Trojans lone singles participant into the Losers' Bracket for day two.

Going up against Thinh Vo of Gunderson High School in his first Losers' Bracket action on Wednesday, May 25, Zeng made quick work of his opponent, cleaning up in straight sets, 15-4 and 15-6. Against Yusuf Chang of Westmont High in the next Losers' Bracket round, Zeng had another straight-set - 15-5, 15-13 - victory to advance to the Losers' Bracket Quarterfinals.

In that round, Zeng took on Jan Banquiles of Burlingame High School. It proved to be the end of the line for Zeng, who was eliminated in straight sets, 17-15 and 15-13. Jeffrey Kuo of Saratoga High School took the title, topping Gary Yang of Monta Vista High School in the championship round, 9-15, 15-12, 15-8.

Chan and Tsai, in the boys doubles bracket, took the same path that Zeng did in the singles. They opened the tourney with a first-round win on May 24. Up against the Ng brothers, Tommy and Raymond, from Westmoor High School, Chan and Tsai were able to move on in straight sets, 15-10 and 15-9. However, in round two, against Troy Dang and Phong Ngyuen of Andrew Hill High School, the Milpitas team was sent to the Losers' Bracket with a 15-10 and 17-15 loss.

On Wednesday, May 25, in the opening match in Losers' Bracket action, Chan and Tsai topped Jordan Wong and Timothy Tran of Saratoga High School by default, moving on to play Kevin Chau and Andrew Larock of Del Mar High School. The Chan-Tsai team won that match in straight sets, 15-7 and 17-14.

Chan and Tsai moved onto the Losers' Bracket Quarterfinals against Lawrence Luk and Aaron Lau of Cupertino High. They were able to advance, however it took three sets to do so. Milpitas' duo took the first set 17-14 before dropping the second 15-5; in the third and final set, they prevailed with a dominating 15-6 win, advancing to day three of the event.

In the Losers' Bracket Semifinals, Chan and Tsai took on Huey Trinh and Chris Lam of Independence High School. Chan and Tsai got off to the right start with a 17-14 win to open up the match. However, they failed to win another set and advance, dropping the final two sets 15-6 and 15-12 to be eliminated from contention.

Trinh and Lam went on to lose the Losers' Bracket Final against Martin Hung and Stanley Hung of Gunn High. The Hung team eventually were eliminated in the final by Chetan Potu and Daniel Chow of Cupertino High School.

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