Piedmont badminton duo wins NCS doubles

Piedmont High School’s mixed doubles team of Isa Griffis and Jerry Liu won the mixed doubles championship at the North Coast Section Badminton Division 2 Championships on May 14 at Washington-Fremont.

The Highlanders scored 10 points as a team and took sixth place overall.

Griffis and Liu, both seniors, opened the tournament against Maya Palmer and Miles Kenner of Petaluma. Griffis and Liu prevailed, 21-9, 21-2. Then, the Piedmont pair defeated Kiana Pinkard and Justin Sayasinh, 21-10, 21-18.

That put Griffis and Liu in the semifinals, where they beat Kennedy-Fremont’s Coco Zhang and Andrew Oo, 21-15, 21-7.

The finals were a lot tighter than the previous matches. Griffis and Liu beat Mary Kelly and Sam Brainard of University-San Francisco, 21-12, 19-21, 21-8.

Mixed doubles partners Jerry Liu and Isa Griffis clinched Gold for the team

The Highlanders’ second mixed doubles team of Dylan Ong and Ivan Munn lost its opening match to Gina Hack and Griffin Dold of International-San Francisco, 21-18, 21-17.

In girls singles, Piedmont’s Nasreen Schulze lost in her opening match to Maria Carillo-Santa Rosa’s Leanna Baltonado, 21-11, 28-26.

In boys doubles, the Highlanders’ team of Gary Zhou and Ethan Tran beat Vallejo’s John Rey Gawat and Cyrus David, 21-11, 21-6. They then fell in the second round to Maria Carillo’s Justin Wang and Myles Chen, 21-13, 21-8. Zhou and Tran then dropped into the consolation bracket, where they defeated Kennedy-Fremont’s Nathan Lin and Suhaib Zafar, 21-13, 21-18. Quarry Lane-Dublin’s Keyi Mao and Ajeetesh Sidhu eliminated Zhou and Tran in the next match, 21-17, 18-21, 21-19.

Piedmont’s Edwin Tang and Justin Phmah fell to Gavin Wu and Chris Wei of Crosspoint Academy-Hayward in the first round, 21-9, 21-16.

In girls doubles, Angie Foo and Anna Jasson of the Highlanders got a walkover in the first round before losing to Quarry Lane’s Kira Li and Jeri Venzon, 21-17, 16-21, 21-9. Foo and Jasson then fell to Ximena Telez and Daisy Alvarez of San Lorenzo in the consolation bracket, 21-15, 21-15. Piedmont’s other girls doubles team of Sophie Hess and Emma Eisemon beat Reese Talaro and Man Lin Li of Hercules, 21-9, 21-15. Hess and Eisemon then lost to Lick-Wilmerding-San Francisco’s Kira Allen and Indy Reddy, 22-20, 21-17. In the consolation bracket, Hess and Eisemon fell to Valencia Doan and Amy Peetaneelapalin of Kennedy-Fremont, 19-21, 21-18, 21-19.

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