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During the season the team competed in our local HAC tournament where both boys and girls teams came home with the 1st place plaques. At our UNIS Hanoi invitational our teams faced some very tough opponents from local club teams and universities preparing them for the APAC event.
As a culminating event on 14 April, the Varsity Badminton team traveled to Beijing (WAB) for the first-ever Super APAC Badminton Tournament. With 192 student-athletes from 12 APAC schools, the tournament was so exciting, challenging and really tough competition for all our team members. Super APAC is a great test which challenged all players physically and mentality with 5 or 6 matches per day for each player.
The girls team had one of the hardest tournaments, however they were fighting hard and gaining new experiences that will continue to shape their future in this sport. The highlights of tournament for the girls was the “Never Give Up” attitude, no matter what situation they were in. The #1 Girls doubles team of Trang Bui and Mo Bui played well during the round robin and qualified for the top 16 playoff. The girls team finished 10th.
For the boys side their goal was to continue their winning streak from last year and stay near the top of the field. The Boys team finished 4th overall, missing a bronze medal by only a few points. As individuals, the # 1 Doubles team of Alex Kwon & Jae Chan Lee achieved the first ever bronze medal for UNIS Hanoi in any Super APAC. But the whole team had a great showing in the tournament. Earning valuable points and finishing 4th were the # 2 doubles team of Kevin Ryan and Ji Seong Park. Honorable mention should go to all boys team players who played many tough matches with commendable character and resolve in close pressure situations.
Our Mixed doubles teams of Honza Krubner and Serena Mohanty and Alex Kim and Rachael Cherian performed very well during the round robin portion both qualifying for the top 16 playoffs. Hopefully the team will continue to build for next year as UNIS Hanoi is hosting APAC Badminton for the first time in 2020.
Jiyoon Kang (21st)
Jaewon Choi (22nd)
Enus Fina (14th)
Kevin (Jeongyun) Bae (18th)
Jae Chan Lee & Alex (Do Yoon) Kwon (3rd)
Kevin Ryan & Ji Seong Park (4th)
Trang Bui & Mo Bui (11th)
Hyo Rim Yoo & Yu Jin Cho (24th)
Mixed Doubles Teams:
Jan Krubner & Serena Mohanty (8th)
Alex (Do Gyun) Kim & Rachael Cherian (16th)
Thank you to all the players who made it a great trip. It was wonderful to see you supporting your teammates, surrounding their courts and cheering them on.
Coach: Mr. Pho Nguyen
Coach: Anne Thompson-Wambua