by ACAC Sports Writer Curtis J. Phillips
It started Wednesday night at the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Badminton Championships Awards Banquet when sister-brother badminton combination Takeisha and Desmond Wang were named the 2018-2019 CCAA Women's and Men's Badminton Player of the Year.
The Concordia University of Edmonton Thunder duo would go on to claim CCAA gold medal status Saturday in mixed doubles at the 2018-2019 CCAA Badminton Championships being held at the Dalhousie Agricultural Campus in Truro, Nova Scotia..
They smashed their way past George Brown Huskies' Mike Ra and Angeline Alviar 21-6 and 21-11.
The Huskies are based out of Toronto, Ontario and play in the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association (OCAA)
"I really didn't need to do much," said Thunder coach Kevin MacAlpine of the Wang siblings . "They are great players and were (CCAA) men's and women's singles champions last year, so you know that they have the talent.
"They worked on their mixed game all year and they were heads-and-shoulders above everyone else in the field. They just simply dominated."
Here are the other results for the ACAC.
Men's Singles: Nicolas Pitman (Concordia) won silver after falling to Humber Hawks' Ramnish Kumar of the OCAA 19-21 21-12 21-15.
"He (Pitman) played incredibly well," said MacAlpine. "He lost in three games and it could have gone either way. A few points went out the back and those were the points where he needed to extend the rally. He would have had a better chance."
Narayan Ramdhani (The Kings University Eagles) earned bronze in men's singles.
It is the Edmonton schools first-ever CCAA medal.
"It was great," said Eagles head coach Naeem Haque. "I am very proud of him. He just played amazing and he was on fire. The whole year I don't think he played that well."
In the team event Thursday, Ramdhani, a native of Georgetown, Demerara-Mahaica, needed to win against Hawks' Kumar to break a 2-2 tie with the ACAC and OCAA.
"That was the match that counted for the Team Supreme and Narayan played amazingly."
Women's Singles: Eyota Kwan (NAIT Ooks) captured the gold medal defeating George Brown Huskies' Ann Hoang of the OCAA 21-16 21-12.
Samantha Hsu (NAIT Ooks) claimed bronze medal status for women's singles.
"Eyota was the favourite going in and she definitely dominated and that is what we expected," said NAIT Ooks coach Sinead Cheah.
Kwan captured CCAA gold last year in mixed doubles with teammate Jeffrey Ko at the 217-2018 championships which were hosted by the Concordia University of Edmonton Thunder.
Men's Doubles: Jeffrey Ko & Ronuelle Mendina (NAIT Ooks) will bring home the school's second gold with a victory of 21-19 17-21 21-19 over Bryce Mason and Benn Van Ryn of the University of Kings College Blue Devils from the Atlantic Collegiate Athletic Association and based out of Halifax, Nova Scotia.
"It was definitely a nail biter and it was nice that they won men's doubles as it is Jeffrey's last year," said Cheah.
Women's Doubles: Bea Bernardo & Ryo Kuramochi (NAIT Ooks) will settle for silver with gold going to Humber Hawks' Victoria Duong and Chloe Rowe winning 21-12 and 21-12.
"It was a mental feat for them and they knew they could get to that point," said Cheah.
Of the overall competition Cheah concluded: "It was extremely close. All the provinces were pretty well matches this year, so the competition as close in caliber and it could have gone anyway for most of the events."
Last year the ACAC won four of a possible five gold medals.