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CNMI Badminton Team sits at 5th place

THE CNMI Badminton Team are currently sitting at 5th place overall after playing against a total of six teams of the 2019 Pacific Games held at the Multisport Complex, Faleata Sports Complex, Samoa.

After facing taking the loss to Tahiti 0-5 and Samoa 4-1, the CNMI bets faced four more teams in the past three days.

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The CNMI Badminton Team poses together during the Pacific Games send-off ceremony held at the Kanoa Resort lobby.  Photo by James F. Sablan Jr.

Their third match was against Fiji where they took a hard hitting falling to defeat in all five matches. Nathan Guerrero and Nicole Malasarte started off in the Mixed Doubles where they faced Burty Molia and Karyn Gibson. During the first set CNMI gave a good fight but seemed to struggle keeping up the pace as they were handed the loss 21-11. The second time around Fiji seemed to have found their rhythm as they kept CNMI below 10 points for the quick victory 21-6.

Janelle Pangilinan tried to take matters into her own hands at the Women’s Singles category against Fiji’s Danielle Whiteside but suffered the same fate. The first set showcased Pangelinan’s skills but could not keep up with Whiteside as she claimed the win 21-9. The second set was no different as Whiteside nearly shut down Pangilinan 21-2.

CNMI’s Andreau Galvez seemed to have the biggest chance of victory as he gave Liam Fong of Fiji a tough time but still ended in defeat 21-13, 21-10.

Brothers Daniel and Ezekiel Macario also fell to the losers bracket as they lost to Ryan Fong and Burty Molia 21-5, 21-8 along with Malasarte and Pangilinan in the Women’s Double falling to Alissa Dean and Andra Whiteside 21-7, 21-9.

CNMI also took another loss to the hands of New Caledonia 5-0. The team’s closest win came during their final match in the Women’s Double where Nicole Malsarte and Janelle Pangilinan extend the first set but ended up in defeat by Cecilia Moussy and Melissa Sanmoestanom 22-20, 2-12.

Despite losing twice in a row, the CNMI team never gave up and was finally awarded in their match against Kiribati 3-2.

The Mixed Double of Jordan Pangilinan and Nicole Malasarte were more than enough to take down Tooma Teuaika and Tinabora Tekeiaki in the first set 21-13. Kiribati gave a good scare at the second set as they lingered closely behind throughout the match but Pangilinan and Malasarte held their ground long enough to secure the win 22-20.

Andreau Galvez bagged the second win for CNMI as he bested Timawata Kabaua in the one-on-one bout of the Men’s Singles by a hair 22-20, 21-11. The team’s third win was taken by another duo, Nathan Guerrero and Jordan Pangilinan who triumphed over Timwata Kabaua and Tooma Teuaika 21-19, 21-17.

The other two matches were won by Kiribati giving CNMI the edge 3-2.

As CNMI rose back up, they were set back down again as they could get passed Tonga 4-1. CNMI’s only win came from Guerrero and Pangilinan again in the Men’s Doubles defeating Renaey Naaniumotu and Taniela Ngaue 21-17, 21-12. However the rest of the team could not deliver and lost the remaining four matches.