Villa Park's 14-5 victory over defending champion Alhambra in the Southern Section badminton final Tuesday at the Orange County Badminton Club was exactly what everyone had been expecting--for three years.
The Spartans have been favored to win the title since the program began in the 1998-99 season. This year, five members of the U.S. National Training program played for the Spartans.
"In some ways it's like getting a monkey off your back," co-coach Shelly Smith said. "But the kids worked really hard this year and they deserve it."
It took only 1 1/2 hours for the Spartans' to secure the victory, when Mesinee Mangkalakiri swept Betty Lin in girls' singles, giving top-seeded Villa Park a 10-2 lead. She allowed only one point in two singles matches and with partner Raymond Wong, the Southern Section boys' singles champion, won in mixed doubles, 15-5, 15-3.