DON KETCHUM is a native of Phoenix. He was a sportswriter for The Arizona Republic/The Phoenix Gazette for nearly four decades. He covered high school sports on several occasions as well as the Arizona Diamondbacks, Arizona Cardinals and Arizona State sports. From 2008-14, he was a staff writer for, the web site of the Arizona Interscholastic Association.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Badminton learning on the job, still 4-0

With several new players, Xavier Prep’s badminton team is learning on the job but still is having the same success it has in the past.
The two-time defending state champion Gators chalked up their fourth victory in as many matches this season on Wednesday (Sept. 9), defeating host Tempe Corona del Sol 9-0. The junior varsity also won 9-0.
“We’re still learning, working on our game,’’ said coach Nancy Meyer, whose team has defeated Scottsdale Saguaro, Phoenix Sunnyslope and Scottsdale Chaparral in addition to Corona del Sol.
“We’re not where we want to be yet, but we are moving in that direction. We need to keep working on our fundamentals and our footwork.’’
The doubles team of Sydney LaPierre and Emily Woodrow put the Gators over the top with a comeback win.
They won the first game 15-3, fell 15-12 in the second and rallied from a large deficit in the third game for a 15-11 triumph.
“That was big for us,’’ Meyer said.
Senior left-hander Kirielle Singarajah won her singles match 11-1, 13-10, then teamed with Katie Russell for a 15-2, 15-3 win in doubles.
The remainder of the Xavier scores:
Singles – Tatum Clark won 11-1, 11-1; LaPierre won 11-3, 11-2; Russell won 11-0, 11-6; Laura Pearl won 11-3, 11-2; Woodrow won 11-0, 11-7.
Doubles – Clark and Pearl won 15-7, 15-4.
The badminton team returns to action next Wednesday (Sept. 16) with a home match against Mesa Westwood.

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