KU’s undefeated women’s badminton team are off to the South Eastern Conference Cup semi-finals.
The match came down to Bennet and Clark’s third and final game against Portsmouth captain Nicola Haggar and her partner Freya McCarthy.
Clark said: “Sam and I haven’t really played together before. It took a while to get it together. They are definitely the strongest team we’ve played so far.
“We knew that if we won the last game we’d be through so we just had to keep going.”
The power of one
Portsmouth arrived one player short and forfeited two of the singles games.
Emily Trebert, Portsmouth’s lone singles player, dominated the court and kept Kingston singles, Rebecca Stavely-Taylor and Pieta Chan to single-digit scores in every game.
Trebert said: “I’m feeling pretty good about today’s performance even though it’s late in the day and it’s normally training time, not game time.
“Then there’s the train travel up and rushing because we were late, but I’m happy with my games.”
Doubles mash up
With Portsmouth’s shortage of players, Kingston had to make last-minute changes to their line-up to put up a stronger attack in the doubles matches.
Bennet and Clark were meant to play singles and Lilian Yau partnered newcomer Lily Simmons instead of Stavely-Taylor.
Simmons said: “These were really strong opponents and we had to try and change it up a little bit to try and get more points.
“It was my first time playing with Lilian and I think by the end of it we got the hang of it.”
The next home match is against Buckinghamshire New University on February 27 at the Tiffin Sports Centre at 8pm.
Stavely-Taylor (KU) v. Trebert (UP) 4-21, 6-21 Portsmouth Win
Chan (KU) v. Trebert (UP) 5-21, 6-21 Portsmouth Win
Stavely-Taylor (KU) v. —-(UP) Portsmouth Forfeit Kingston Win
Chan (KU) v. —- (UP) Portsmouth Forfeit Kingston Win
Bennet/ Clark (KU) v. Phillips/ Hastings (UP) 21-16, 21-13 Kingston Win
Yau/ Simmons (KU) v. Haggar/ McCarthy (UP) 3-21, 10-21 Portsmouth Win
Bennet/ Clark (KU) v. Haggar/ McCarthy (UP) 21-18, 16-21, 22-20 Kingston Win
Yau/ Simmons (KU) v. Phillips/ Hastings (UP) 22-20, 21-16 Kingston Win