By Krystal Lau,
The Davis High women’s badminton team crushed Napa High School with a 15-0 victory on March 2. A strong start to a promising season, the badminton team looks forward confidently yet will continue to train hard for the many challenges ahead.
Although the season started shaky for these players, due to the school being unable to find a badminton coach, the girls have picked up their pace to make up for the late start, and have trained rigorously before this game.
“Because of the coaching situation we only officially began our season about two weeks ago,” badminton captain and senior Linda Li said. “Since then, everyone’s been working really hard in conditioning and honing skills in practice.”
Li was able to pass her own personal record, becoming the victor of the unofficial team competition to not only win, but to cause her opponent to have the lowest score. She succeeded in doing this, with a 21-3 in her first match and a 21-2 in her second.
This year the badminton team has welcomed several new players and a new coach, but coach Ty Brown’s kind personality has put everyone at ease quickly, according to Li.
“Our team has started to feel cohesive largely because we’ve been especially trying to make all the new players feel welcome,” Li said.
For the future, the team hopes to win the League title, and believes they have a good chance due to the high number of returning experienced varsity players and their successful track record. Last year, the Blue Devil badminton team was one of the top two seeds in sections for doubles.
Although the win wasn’t a hard one, Li still commends the Napa team for their sportsmanship, and believes the DHS badminton team has something to learn from them.
“We beat them 15-0, but I still think it was good to see a team that was so obviously the underdog try so hard and still have so much spirit and enthusiasm,” Li said.