BMC Badminton ties Swat at Championship
By biconews On 8 Feb, 2000 At 05:00 AM | Categorized As Archives | With 0 Comments

By Botum Chhay
Guest Writer

On Saturday, Feb. 5 Bryn Mawr’s badminton team participated in the Pennsylvania Intercollegiate Association for Women (PAIAW) Championships at Bryn Athyn College, formerly the Academy of the New Church, finishing tied with Swarthmore as the Team Trophy winner.

Bryn Mawr’s three singles players and three doubles teams competed against 10 singles players and six doubles teams from Swarthmore, Albright, and Bryn Athyn Colleges.

Senior co-captain Nicole Boehner won the main draw singles title in an exciting three set match and the doubles team of sophomores Jihean Lee and Rachel Ticktin captured victory in the consolation doubles round.

The badminton team went into the tournament with a win (4-1) against Bryn Athyn and a loss (1-4) to last year’s conference winner, Albright. Most of the scheduled matches during the last two weeks were cancelled due to the snow fall and as a result, head Coach Natalie Butler did not know what to expect from Swarthmore.

The tournament promised to be an intense match from the very beginning. This was borne out, all four schools having representatives in the main draw finals.

Swarthmore’s number one doubles team of Carty and Lange won (15-0, 15-5) in the doubles main draw over the Bryn Athyn team of Gardam and Hasen. Kristy Stult of Aibright won (11-3, 11-3) the consolation singles title in a match against teammate Lorraine Lanyer.

Bryn Mawr’s singles players Alice Gugeimann ’03 and co-captain Erin Dawson ’02 both advanced to the second round in the main draw. Although this is Alice Gugelmann’s first year playing badminton, she is the number three singles player and had two previous victories going into the tournament. Gugelmann battled Swarthmore’s number one player, Jane Ng, in a three set match, but Ng ended up winning the second round match (11-1, 1-11, 11-2).

Returning number two singles, Erin Dawson, won (11-4, 11-2) against Lorraine Lanyer, number three Albright, but lost to Lanyer’s teammate, number two, Adrea Dennis(11-1, 11-2).

Nicole Bochner won (11-0, 11-1) against Sarah Rose, number one Bryn Athyn, in the second round and then met Adrea Dennis in the third round. Boehner avenged (11-4, 11-7) Dawson in that match, and with the victory, advanced to the finals where she played Lauren Ernst, number one Albright.

This finals match was the second meeting of the two players this season. Ernst won the first encounter a few weeks earlier, and after a very tense and protracted match. Nicole won this second confrontation (11-7, 7-11, 11-3).

All three of the doubles teams played in the second round of the main draw. The number two team of Botum Chhay and Alex Glanz-Berger won in the first round (15-11, 15-7), but lost in the second round (5-15, 5-15) to Albright number one. The number three team of freshmen Giao Ngoc Le and Naomi Lim did a great job in their first offical match, but lost to the number two Swarthmore team in both the second main draw round and first round consolation round.

The number one doubles team of Lee and Ticktin lost the second round (15-11,6-15, 17-14) to Bryn Athyn number two in a close match. Later in the consolation round, they achieved victory (15-1, 15-13) over Swarthmore’s number two team.

The badminton team is in good spirits. Dawson states, “It went really well and I feel that the victory brought the team together. People played better at this tournament than at any other match.”

Nicole Boehner shared similar views as her co-captain Dawson, “Erin and I are really excited about our win and impressed with the progress the team has made. Everyone did a great job and contributed to the team win.”

Coach Natalie Butler summed up the team’s performance, saying, “I’m happy with how everyone is playing.”

Badminton’s last home matches are on Tuesday Feb. 8 against Swarthmore and Thursday Feb. 10 against Albright, beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday’s PAIAW Championships foreshadows entertaining and exciting match-ups.

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