Mohawk badminton have good showing at Humber invitational


Mohawk badminton players had some good results in their first invitational tourney of the season at Humber over the weekend (Oct. 14-16).

In “A” level singles, Chris Hong made it to the semi finals finishing third. Hong came through a strong quarter final against Randal from Redeemer. He then went on to the semi’s winning the first game and taking the match to three games against Simon from Humber.

In the “B” flight of men’s singles, Le Nguyen was also very impressive coming in second and forcing the match to three games against Milan from Centennial.

Double’s play was very competitive as it always is and very impressive to watch, according to coach Tony Leite. Mohammed Nazimuddin’s partner Chris Hong was not available to play on Saturday, so Nazimuddin came paired with a new player to Mohawk, Luan Do. Coach Leite said, “This is Luan’s first year in college play and he put on a good performance for his first time out at varsity competition. (The team was) able to reach the quarter finals and played admirably. I am looking forward to further improvement from Luan.”

In the “B” flight, Nicholaas Van Gemert and Kien Tran put on a great performance and came out victorious in the third game of their final match to take the “B” flight championship. “Nicholaas and Kien worked very well together,” said Leite. “The final game was a nail biter with rally point being set four times before they made their coaches and team mates happy by winning 26-24.” This is Nicholaas’s third year on the team and his first win.

The ladies team was made up of three new members, Cydney Smith, Bridget Caravaggio and Jenn Gerard. They all competed in singles, with Caravaggio and Gerard also playing doubles and mixed doubles. Caravaggio was partnered with Hong and they were able to make it to the semi finals in “B” flight Mixed Doubles. “These three new athletes to Mohawk Badminton show good promise, said Leite. “I and my assistant coach Jay Barrientos look forward to seeing them develop throughout the badminton season. As I have noted in the past, I am always impressed by my team’s improved level of play when the pressure is on in tournament play. Jay and I are looking forward to a competitive team this year in all of the positions.”