Phoenix Sunnyslope wanted to make sure it remained in second place, just behind No. 1 Gilbert Perry, in the Arizona Interscholastic Association’s Division I badminton rankings, so it wasted no time in turning away visiting Xavier Prep 9-0 on Wednesday (Oct. 6).
Sunnyslope was 13-1 on the season, while No. 14 Xavier was at 7-7-1 entering Thursday’s (Oct. 7) play. Xavier was due to face No. 15 Peoria Liberty at Liberty.
Xavier will have three matches next week to wrap up the regular season – Oct. 12 vs. Tempe Corona del Sol at XCP, Oct. 13 vs. Chandler Basha at XCP, and Oct. 14 at Chandler High.
The individual singles and doubles portion of the state tournament will begin Oct. 22 at Glendale Independence. The team portion of the tournament will begin Oct. 25 at the sites of the highest seeds.
Sunnyslope 9, Xavier Prep 0
Allison Rodriquez, S, def. Jasmine Leyva, X, 21-11, 21-19; Maddie Schlesinger, S, def. Gigi Riviere, X, 26-24, 21-9; Rebecca Rodriquez, S, def. Sophia Bonilla, X, 21-10, 21-13; Kaitlyn Cotter, S, def. Riley Dowdall, X, 21-10, 21-13; Marciela Echeveste, S, def. Lexi Garman, X, 21-11, 21-6; Maya Morris, S, def. Caroline Cobb, X, 21-11, 21-14.
Schlesinger-A. Rodriquez, S, def. Bonilla-Riviere, X, 21-8, 21-7; Chloe Roussin-R. Rodriquez, S, def. Leyva-Dowdall, X, 21-11, 21-12; Echeveste-Cotter, S, def. Garman-Cobb, X, 21-14, 21-10.