Xavier Prep’s badminton team gave an indication that it will be more of a competitive force this season when it faced host Phoenix Pinnacle on Tuesday (Aug. 23).
The Gators took two singles sets to three games and two doubles matches to three games before falling to the Pioneers 5-4.
Xavier’s No. 3, 4, 5 and 6 all won in singles play, but the three doubles teams could not get over the top.
Next up is the Flying Feathers tournament on Friday (Aug. 26) with a 10 a.m. start at Gilbert Highland.
@ Phoenix Pinnacle
Pinnacle 5, Xavier Prep 4
Faith Kroening, P, def. Gigi Riviere, X, 21-9, 21-14; Ryleigh Dirks, P, def. Maggie Henry, X, 21-11, 14-21, 22-20; Riley Dowdall, X, def. Anya Kannan, P, 15-21, 21-17, 21-12; Corinne Ladha, X, def. Claudia Blaylock, P, 21-14, 21-14; Lexi Garman, X, def. Maia Broda, P, 21-18, 21-14; Sarah Castlen, X, def. Payton Crank, P, 21-19, 22-20.
Dirks-Crank, P, def. Henry-Ladha, X, 21-17, 5-21, 21-11; Kroening-Kannan, P, def. Riviere-Ava Hilsabeck, X, 20-22, 21-13, 21-19; Broda-Blaylock, P, def. Garman-Dowdall, X, 21-10, 21-18.