There’s plenty of action that figures into an athletic team’s success.
But once in
awhile, there’s also a key word that provides motivation that is thrown into
In the case
of Xavier Prep’s badminton team, the word is intention.
“There is a
difference in wanting to win and intending to win. If you intend to win,
it means you have confidence,’’ said Xavier first-year coach Laura Forbes.
has helped the Gators win four of their last five matches, including a 9-0
triumph over visiting Mesa Skyline on Wednesday (Oct. 16) as Xavier held its
annual Senior Day ceremony.
which was No. 7 in the Arizona Interscholastic Association’s Division I power
points entering Wednesday’s play, now wraps up its regular season on Thursday (Oct. 17) at Phoenix Desert Vista in Ahwatukee. Skyline was No. 10 in
power points on Wednesday, Desert Vista ninth.
each individual match 2-0 except for one doubles duel, but managed to win that
in three sets.
pleased with the turn of events.
(coaches) feel like the girls have shown improvement throughout the whole
season,’’ Forbes said. “They all played really well today.
playing well at the point of the season where we wanted to be playing well.’’
singles and doubles portion of the state tournament will run Oct. 25-26 at
Glendale Independence. First-round team play and quarterfinal play will be held
at the highest seeds on Oct. 28, with semifinals on Oct. 30 at the high seeds
and finals on Oct. 31 at Gilbert Mesquite.
Xavier are proud of Laura and her team,’’ said Xavier Athletic Director Sr.
not had much experience with badminton before this season, but she spent many
hours watching video and learning as much as she could about the game, and you
can see the results out on the court. The most important part is that the kids
are going out and having fun.’’
who were honored on Wednesday were players Mia Byrd, Mayse Dunn, Alex Kockinis
and team manager Paige Gehringer.
9, Skyline 0
Riviere, X, def. Stephanie Quinones, S, 21-19, 21-17; Mayse Dunn, X, def.
Priscilla Mendoza, S, 21-16, 21-10; Lina Vanderwey, X, def. Dylania Herrera, S,
21-9, 21-17; Zoe Barton, X, def. Whitney Brown, S, 21-11, 21-18; Alex Kockinis,
X, def. Emily Muir, S, 21-12, 21-17; Mia Byrd, X, def. Tore Burton, S, 21-13,
X, def. Mendoza-Quinones, S, 21-19, 21-18; Riviere-Barton, X, def. Herrera-Burton,
S, 21-13, 21-15; Kockinis-Lauren Etsitty, X, def. Muir-Brown, S, 21-3, 13-21,