By Anna Gao,
Davis High’s badminton team traveled to Fairfield to secure a 12-3 win against Rodriguez High on March 3.
The Devils won five out of the eight singles matches and swept the doubles matches seven to zero.
Head coach Ty Brown was unable to travel with the team to Fairfield, but the team’s assistant coach Jui Chen oversaw the matches.
“I think the team did well against Rodriguez. Everyone was on task and pushing themselves to improve,” Chen said.
Chen emphasized that this match was a great opportunity for non-ladder players, players who do not play for points counting towards the final score.
“Many players got an idea of how game works which allowed us to see pros and cons in different players so we can work with them individually,” Chen said.
Senior Ivy Zhou believes that this match showed the team’s competitiveness.
“I think the game went really well, especially against Rodriguez which is a really good team in our league,” Zhou said.
Senior Sydney Russo agrees with Zhou.
“Normally Rodriguez is one of our tougher teams and I feel as a team we prepared ourselves both physically and mentally for this game. Everyone played very well, especially our doubles teams,” Russo said.
Zhou is the number one ranked singles player on the team and, despite winning her match, says she has more to improve.
“I personally felt a little unprepared for that game. My opponent did a lot of really far clears and close drops so I felt that my footwork wasn’t up to that I expected to perform at,” Zhou said.