Updated: Oct 3
* Saturday, March 18th *
Quan & Letian (1st place XD A), Zarni & Wendy (2nd place XD A) pictured
Rally Niagara hosted the Rally Niagara Cup Open Badminton Tournament on Saturday, March 18th. 75 players / 48 teams participated from various locals in the Northeast that included Toronto, Niagara Falls, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and all throughout NY state. The tournament featured 5 events that started with Men's and Women's singles play in the morning followed by Men's and Women's doubles in the afternoon and lastly Mixed doubles in the evening. The game play was intense and there were some matches that went the distance decided by two points in a 3rd game . Based on a series of points from 1st and 2nd place finishes, Rally Niagara players secured 11 points to be the first team to be listed on the Rally Niagara Cup though Quan Le from Penn State single handedly brought in 9 points representing Penn State. He won the trifecta being the first player in recent memory to win MS, MD, and XD with partners. Thank you to Muhammad A. for video footage at this year's event. Links below.
See results, scores, photo, and highlight video links to some of the matches below:
1st place - Jaysen Cong & Quan Le (Anchorage, Penn State) presided over Zarni Htay & Ryan Fong (Rally Niagara) 21-19, 21-13. Quan & Jaysen were just too much too handle in the gun slinging men's doubles finale.
1st place - Chris Low & Dan Hacker (Buffalo Badminton Club, Rally Niagara) 21-17, 24-22 faced a scare against a tough team, Siddarth Senthilvel & Thach Ngyuen (Pittsburgh Badminton Club).
1st place - Brothers, Brayden Chan Carusone & Teague Chan Carusone (Lion's Badminton) prevailed in a pumped-up 3rd game over Fazal & Tuhin (Buffalo Bangladeshi) 21-18, 13-21, 21-19.
1st place - Wendy Tang & Christine Ngyuen (Rally Niagara / Toronto) 21-14, 22-20 held their cool in a tough one against Yufei Ye & Alexsandra Moiseieva (Carnegie Mellon, Kyiv Badminton). Very good match....
1st place - Jennifer Callol & Bena Lun (Henrietta Badminton, Rally Niagara) looked strong in sweeping Emily Eisenberg & Esther Jose 21-13, 21-8 (Rally Niagara). They were obviously on a mission having lost in the first round in a close game to a young Canadian team.
1st place - Quan Le & Letian Liu (Penn State, N/A) cruised to a 21-16, 21-14 win over Zarni Htay & Wendy Tang (Rally Niagara). Their game play was pinpoint on.
1st place - Minh Jenny & Tam Mai (Toronto, CA) 21-19, 21-13 over Jarrett Campbell & Jennifer Callol (Rally Niagara). It was good to see a father daughter team in play.
1st place - Nattapong Ratanapongsakorn & Laura Takata (Henrietta Badminton, Niagara Falls Badminton) prevailed 21-10, 21-12 over Redwan Muzahid & Emily Eisenberg (Henrietta Badminton, Rally Niagara).
1st place - Quan Le (Penn State) 24-22, 21-12 over Ryan Fong (Rally Niagara). It was a tight mtch to start, then Quan took over and had some stellar shots in this finale.
1st place - Sundar Vela (Rochester Institute of Technology) 21-10, 21-14 over John Li (Pittsburgh Badminton). Crisp clean shot with good control won the day for Sundar.
1st place - Karthik Dantu (Rally Niagara) 21-18, 16-21, 21-16 outlasted Nikhil Chandramouli (Pittsburgh Badminton) in a grueling 3 game match.
1st place - Yufei Ye (Carnegie Mellon) 15-21, 21-13, 21-10 won over Emily Baskind (Capital District) with consistent shots and overcoming a first game setback.
1st place - Lori Liu (Rochester Institute of Technology) 20-22, 21-18, 21-18 won in an epic marathon match against Christina Malyn (Rally Niagara).