by Chris Glover
Sherman Lam won like a star is supposed to, but the rest of the Rams came up short in their first home match of the season.
The men’s badminton star, who went undefeated last season, won all his matches, but his team lost 8-5 to McMaster University.
The Rams, led by coach Rob Fullerton and assistant coaches Linda Lo and Kevin Tong, finished fifth in league play last year, failing to make the playoffs.
Veteran Karen Wung said the team has got the potential to move forward this year.
“We’ve got lots of new people. We work really well as a team, and that’s what matters,” Wung said before the Sunday’s game.
Team Captain Karen Beanish recognized McMaster’s squad as a strong competitor but isn’t too shaken by the loss, which is measured by school wins in the 13 games played Sunday. The games include singles, doubles, and mixed play.
“We still have our whole season ahead of us,” Beanish said.
McMaster won bronze in last year’s playoffs, and was too much for Ryerson Sunday afternoon.
Lam, a Rams badminton veteran, said he felt good following the match.
Other winners include Anders Olesen, who won both his matches, and Stephen Truong, who won in singles play.
Jon Yeung played a hard match against his McMaster opponent but lost in the third game.
“I’m happy with what my team and I did today,” Yeung said. “After a bit more training we’ll really be great.”
The Rams’ next match is Oct. 15 when they host York University in Kerr Hall Gymnasium.