Rackets are swinging and birdies are flying this badminton season. Since five seniors graduated last year, the team is almost entirely new with only one returning player. The badminton varsity girls have gotten new doubles partners, making them push themselves to practice and condition more because they are still adjusting to the changes.
“We have done a lot of conditioning and technic work,” varsity player and junior Janae Zeibell said. “We also got a really great birdie shooter to use for practicing our drops, and we are all doing a lot of team bonding.”
Currently, the team is 5-5 and fighting to gain more wins. The girls went to State last year and are eager to make it back, even with the odds stacked against them as an all new team.
“We have gotten far this year because the girls practice six days a week Mondays through Fridays at 3:15 to 5:15 p.m. and Saturday mornings at 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.,” varsity coach Ms. Borze said. “The team has also gone to the Arizona Badminton Center several times this season to work on strategizing and skills building.”
The team also focuses on team bonding. They are acting more as a family and keeping a positive attitude towards one another.
“Team bonding helps the girls stop playing for themselves and start playing for the player next to them,” varsity player and junior Abigail Mann said.
With intense work and positive motivation, they keep the State championship in their sights. For more information about the badminton team go to Ms. Borze in Room 136.
“Whether it’s boxing, basketball, or badminton, one must be ready to succeed before entering the arena…long before the lights come up.”
– Muhammad Ali
(Featured photo by Ms. Saquella)