Injuries roughen the day in loss to Fresno City College

Trojans’ MJ Phan strikes back the birdie in the first half of her singles match against Fresno City College on March 20, 2014. Photo credit: Renee Abu-Zaghibra

Trojans’ MJ Phan strikes back the birdie in the first half of her singles match against Fresno City College on March 20, 2014. Photo credit: Renee Abu-Zaghibra

Miguel Garcia, TSV Staff Writer

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Skyline lost 7-14 to Fresno at the badminton game on March 20. Many of the players had various injuries that greatly contributed to their loss.

Doubles partners MJ Phan(#3) and Qingni Yu(#5) had to forfeit their second doubles match because Yu had hurt her shoulder during a singles match and Coach Jan Fosberg had to stop her from playing.

They already stopped her once during the game, and Coach Fosberg checked in on her, and by the second time she stopped the game, she had to pull Yu out of the game. The stoppage forced the badminton team to forfeit two matches. Even though they had to forfeit their last match, Phan was able to win all the rest of her games, even if she didn’t think she was playing so well.

“I thought MJ played very well,” Fosberg said. “She’s our #1 singles and #1 doubles player. She had a nice match so I think she was responsible for four of our wins.”

But Phan, herself didn’t think she played so well, despite her performance in the three games that she won, playing at the same pace throughout each match.

“I thought I didn’t play so well,” Phan said, “I need to improve on my footwork and endurance to play those (upcoming) games.”

Like the rest of the team, they all thought that they had to work on footwork and endurance which is essential in badminton.

It was just unfortunate that they had numerous injuries, including a shoulder injury, a forearm injury, and even a foot injury.

It was a rough day for the badminton team with at least four of their players injured during the game, causing them to lose a majority of their matches. Their #2 player couldn’t play because she had a torn ACL and was out for the season.

Even after a rough day, the matches were very close, with scores on an average of four points apart. According to Coach Fosberg, she thinks that they definitely would have won if they didn’t have all these injuries.

But even after the loss, the team remains confident and hopes that the injuries won’t affect them in their upcoming games for the remainder of the season.