Piedmont badminton sweeps doubles at league meet

2019 Piedmont WACC badminton team - Front (l-r): Coach Fiona Lai, Isabelle Griffis, Vanessa Tang, David Zhou, Niko Rapport, Joy Zhou, Vivian Wu, Ann Mulgrew, Amy Foo Back: Lucian Lin, Joseph Haggerty, Rohan Marangoly, Thomas Yu, Jeremy Yiu, Kyle Chan & Coach Norman Lam

Piedmont High School’s badminton team won all three doubles titles at the West Alameda County Conference (WACC) meet on May 4 at Mt. Eden. David Zhou and Thomas Yu won the boys doubles, Vanessa Tang and Isabelle Griffis won the girls doubles, and Jeremy Yiu and Joy Zhou took the mixed doubles.

David Zhou and Yu won the boys doubles by defeating Encinal’s Richard and Nick Wong, 21-12, 21-9. Zhou and Yu won their semifinal over Encinal’s Yao Lei and Albert Huang, 21-7, 21-7.

Piedmont’s Joseph Haggerty and Niko Rapport took third place by beating Lei and Huang, 21-19, 21-18. Both Highlander teams qualified for the North Coast Section (NCS) Division 2 championships on May 11 at Piner High School.

Tang and Griffis beat Jenni Quoi and Hillary Ma of Encinal in the girls doubles final. The match scores were not available. Piedmont’s Ann Mulgrew and Amy Foo took third place. Again, both Highlander teams advanced to the NCS tournament.

In mixed doubles, Yiu and Joy Zhou defeated Encinal’s Wing Ma and Kinki Chung for the crown. Match scores were not available. Piedmont’s Lucian Lin and Vivian Wu finished third in the draw. Once again, both Highlander teams qualified for NCS.

Rohan Marangoly finished third in boys singles, beating teammate Kyle Chan in the third place match, 28-26, 16-21, 21-11. Managoly qualified for the NCS bracket.

Marangoly will open the NCS tournament against Piner’s Sonny Vang. The winner will face Petaluma’s Matt Corda. Eighteen players are in the bracket.

Tang and Griffis will open against Annabel Menendez and Anoosha Hudson from the French-American International School-San Francisco. Mulgrew and Foo will open against University-San Francisco’s Amy Yu and Eva Kreuger. There are seventeen teams in the bracket.

David Zhou and Yu will face Kennedy-Fremont’s Eric and Brandon Wang. Haggerty and Rapport open against Tony Ting and Juihsiang Sheng of Quarry Lane School-Pleasanton. Twenty-one teams are entered.

Yiu and Joy Zhou open against Petaluma’s Miranda Grevin and Ethan Shahbazian. Lin and Wu will face Tiffany Tang and Patrick Darmawi-Iskandar of Lick-Wilmerding-San Francisco.

Full brackets are available at cifncs.org.

Photos by Fin Lee

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