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Make it two state badminton titles for Fresno City College. How the Rams got it done

Fresno City College coach Panhia Vang with the championship trophy in directing Fresno City College to the 2019 state badminton title.
Fresno City College coach Panhia Vang with the championship trophy in directing Fresno City College to the 2019 state badminton title. CCCAA

Carol Kadingo delivered Fresno City College’s first badminton state title as the coach in 2016.

Thursday, it was her pupil’s turn.

The Rams secured their second state title in school history with a 12-5 victory over host Pasadena City College under coach Panhia Vang, who played for Kadingo in 2016.

The Rams’ No. 2 singles player, 37-year-old Ulyen Napier, lost in the first round, but won in doubles with Soua Kong. Napier followed up that win with a singles win in round 3 that helped the Rams win a state title.

“We had a true team and some of the others we faced had some great No. 1 or No. 2 players but not a whole team,” Napier said in a news release. “Playing for Coach Panhia was so helpful because she knew what to prepare for, and what it was like as a player playing at state only a few years ago. Her training from the start of the season was very strong and helped us improve.”

Kadingo retired as the badminton coach in 2018.

Anthony Galaviz writes about sports for The Fresno Bee. He covers the Oakland Raiders, high schools, boxing, MMA and junior colleges. He’s been with The Bee since 1997 and attended Fresno City College before graduating from Fresno State with a major in journalism and a minor in criminology.
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