BADMINTON PacWest Provincials

February 8th, 2015

PACWEST Badminton Provincial Championships Preview

When: February 14-15

Where: Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU)

Who: Langara Falcons (Vancouver), VIU Mariners (Nanaimo), KPU Eagles (Surrey)

Website: www.pacwestbc.ca/2015badminton

Twitter: #2015pacwestBDM

Langara Falcons

Langara is in first place with 609 points going into the Championships. The Falcons started the season with an overall third place finish at Tournament #1 back in October, finishing third in the team event behind the Mariners and Eagles. In the individual events, they finished first in Men's Singles (MS) in an all-Langara Final, and first in Men's Doubles (MD). At the second tournament, the Falcons dominated in both the team and individual events and finished first overall. They finished first in the team event and had players in all five individual event finals (WS, MS, WD, MD, MXD), winning three (MS, MD, and WD).

“The Falcons started the season with a fairly new team. There is a lot of depth on the team this year, with players Nathan Choi and Hugh Leung (2014 PACWEST Champions & CCAA Medalists) returning for the second half of the season. The Falcons are hoping to repeat as Provincial Champions at these Provincial Championships,” said Falcons’ Athletic Director Jake McCallum.

Falcons to watch

Men's singles: Matt Chan (2014 PACWEST Champion, 2014 CCAA Silver Medalist)

Women's singles: Jacinda Yeung (finished second at PACWEST Tournament #2)

Men's Doubles: Eric Chiu and Imran Wadia (finished first at PACWEST Tournament #1 and second at PACWEST Tournament #2)

Women's Doubles: Jamie Shum and Karina Shum (finished second at PACWEST Tournament #2)

Mixed Doubles: Michelle Hang (2014 PACWEST Women's Doubles Champion) and Angus Li

Vancouver Island University Mariners

The Mariners are in second place going into the Championship with 585 points. “We are battling in the team event for first overall. This is our strongest team ever and we narrowly missed holding onto first place in the second league tournament, January 31st. We hope to take back first place on Saturday,” said VIU coach Janice Walker.

Mariners to watch

Mixed Doubles: Graydon Robb and Melissa Liew have played solid all year and are looking for gold at provincials and then on to medals at Nationals. Graydon will represent Alberta at Canada Winter Games and Melissa will represent Manitoba.

Women’s Singles: Helen Cheung is just coming back from a knee injury and has potential to take the gold.

Men’s Doubles: Rookie Bryan Liew and partner Thomas Spencer

KPU Eagles

The Eagles are in third place going into the Championships with 508 points. After Tournament One, the Eagles were in second place in the PACWEST and went into the holiday break ranked sixth nationally in the CCAA. KPU’s results included 22 points in men’s singles, 37 points in women’s singles, 32 points in men’s doubles, 29 points in women’s doubles, and 24 points in mixed doubles. KPU earned 144 individual points and 142 team points to end the tournament at 286. While the Eagles didn’t fare as well as they liked in the Langara College’s Tournament Two, they are eager to return home to the Eagles’ Nest to host PACWEST Provincials February 14-15. KPU’s results in Tournament Two included 20 points in men’s singles, 20 points in women’s singles, 24 points in men’s doubles, 24 points in women’s doubles, and 20 points in mixed doubles. Individually, the Eagles earned 108 points and as a team 114, for 222 tournament points overall.

“We are proud of the hard work and dedication our athletes put into our program on a daily basis,” stated Eagles head coach Morgan van Heukelom. “Obviously, the second tournament did not turn out the way we had hoped but we are happy to have another shot with home court advantage for the 2015 PACWEST Provincials.”

KPU is proud to host the 2015 PACWEST Provincial Championships in the Eagles' Nest on the KPU Surrey Campus. "This is a tremendous opportunity for KPU as we welcome the best of PACWEST to the Nest," stated KPU Eagles director of athletics and recreation David Kent. "We look forward to a great weekend of varsity badminton and wish all of the teams the best on the road to CCAA Nationals."

Eagles to watch

Women’s singles: Willine Kwee, Richmond, BC

Men’s singles: Ethan (Tin) Bui, Surrey, BC

Women’s doubles: Willine Kwee, Richmond, BC and Veronica Yeung, Vancouver, BC

Men’s doubles: Lawson Chan, Surrey, BC and Ethan (Tin) Bui, Surrey, BC

Mixed doubles: Willine Kwee, Richmond, BC and Bradley Low, Vancouver, BC