Kwantlen fifth in the nation

A runnerup finish at a British Columbia Colleges’ Athletic Association (BCCAA) tournament in Vancouver allowed the Kwantlen Eagles badminton team to remain in second place in the provincial rankings.

Kwantlen placed behind the Douglas College Royals at the tournament, hosted by Langara College. In three tournaments this season, Kwantlen has placed second twice and fourth once.

“I’m really pleased with the way the team has progressed since last season,” said head coach Dave Cruthers. “We have maintained second place in arguably the toughest league in the country. After last weekend’s tournament, we increased our gap against the third placed team Thompson Rivers University (TRU) and look to finishing the season clinching second place.”

Ranked fifth in the Canadian Colleges Athletic Association (CCAA), the Eagles had a pair of top three performances at Langara. Gurdeep Basran, a first-year player, placed third in women’s singles, while the mixed doubles team of Leah Rihela and Surrey native Simon Wu was also third, behind two teams from top-ranked Douglas College. Tuyen Pham and Asami Sugisako scored points with a fourth place finish in women’s doubles.

Kwantlen will compete at the BCCAA provincial championship tournament hosted by Thompson rivers University in Kamloops Feb. 16-17, where players will look to qualify for the CCAA national championships in Nova Scotia Feb. 28 to March 1.

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