Mohawk College got to the final of the Second Annual Redeemer Royal Cup Team Badminton Tournament in Ancaster Saturday (Nov. 2) before losing to Humber in a battle of the top two teams in the event.
The number one ranked Hawks led the way in Pool ‘A’, while the Mountaineers, rated number two headed up Pool ‘B.’
Mohawk was a perfect 3-0 in its group. In round one, the Mountaineers scored a 4-1 victory over Cambrian, despite being shorthanded. Mohawk alumus and assistant coach Krystal Lumaoang, helped out by playing during the tournament and in the opening round teamed with Nikhil Mutagar in the mixed doubles match.
A highlight of the first round was actually a loss, as Mohawk’s Eikcaj Navarro went the distance before losing to a Cambrian opponent 25-27, 21-17, 18-21 in a spirited match.
In round two, Mohawk made some slight adjustments to see how the team would fare in different situations and despite shuffling the team to play different events, beat St. Clair 4-1. The men’s doubles team of Kianoosh Moslemi and Nikhil Mutagar sealed the win.
The Mountaineers then defeated Centennial 3-2, doing some more tinkering with the lineup. Top Men’s singles player Bert Miciano came up short in a hard fought match, going the distance. The women’s pair of Tina Tran and Lumaoang helped clinch the Mohawk victory.
Mohawk and Centennial met again in the playoff round with the Mountaineers beating the Colts by the same 3-2 score, to advance to the final against Humber.
The Mountaineers and Hawks split the first two games. The men’s tandem of Adam D’Agostino and Kianoosh turned in a stellar performance coming within two points before the Hawks went on to a 3-1 decision to capture the Royal Cup.