By Roland Li,
In its final home game of the season, the Davis High badminton team faced off against Vintage on Friday, April 29, and came away with a 14-1 win to top off the Senior Night celebration.
“I think the Senior Night component of the match was more important than the match itself, because we really wanted to commend the seniors for their dedication to the sport,” junior Ivy Zhou said.
Various presents and snacks were all part of head coach Ty Brown’s plan to recognize the team’s four seniors.
“This is the first time we have done something like this where we recognize our seniors,” Brown said. “We had a video for them which was awesome.”
The seniors honored in the ceremony–Deirdre Willgohs, Neda Alemi, Navya Chauhan and Alice Yue–all played in their last home game. Willgohs won at No. 6 singles 21-8, 21-18. Alemi defeated her opponent 21-18, 21-7 at No. 8 singles. With her partner, junior Maya McHale, Chauhan was also able to grab a win at No. 6 doubles 21-10, 21-13.
Unfortunately, Yue lost her match at No. 7 singles 10-21, 5-21. She was the only loss in Davis’ 14-1 win against the Crushers. However, she was comforted by all the presents she received from her teammates.
“I didn’t play very well, but my teammates got me so much stuff like nail polish and a racket,” Yue said “It was very sweet of them.”
After their next match at Will C. Wood on Monday, May 2, the team’s focus will shift to postseason play.
“The team needs to stay positive and confident going into playoffs,” Zhou said. “Everyone needs to try their hardest and perform to the best of their abilities. I think that will take us a long way.”