Girls’ badminton holds first tournament of the season


Aidan Renteria

Metea Valley’s badminton team faced off Wheaton Warrenville South and Wheaton North in the auxiliary gym playing a set of doubles.

Grace Cronin, Sports Reporter

The girls’ badminton team shows a promising season after hosting a tri-tournament on Tuesday. This tri-tournament had three teams including Wheaton Warrenville South, Wheaton North, and Metea Valley. These teams competed in both single and double matches with the Mustangs ending with a total of seven out of eight match wins against both Wheaton Warrenville South and Wheaton North

“Everyone played very well and put their best effort,” senior Vijayanandini Mandava said. “Even though they were down for some time they still were able to pick it back up at the end and still showed their best.”

During this tournament, the girls’ made sure to cheer each other on throughout the matches by giving words of encouragement and supporting one another. While supporting their team, the Mustangs also showed great sportsmanship by shaking rackets at the end of a match and ending the tournament by giving everyone a high-five. The girls were able to both show their skills as badminton players and kindness.

“Today our team as a whole did a really good job of supporting each other by not just cheering each other on, but also coaching each other and just being that emotional and mental support we all need,” senior Sophia Wang said.  

Although the girls came into this tournament with nerves, they were able to win 14 out of their 16 matches. 

“Going into this tournament a lot of us were a little bit nervous and feeling pressure because it has been a while since we played these teams,” Wang said. “I think we did a really good job of picking ourselves back up and getting back into that right mindset.” 

Reflecting on this tournament, captains Wang and Mandava hope to continue bonding with their teammates and improving together as a whole. Individually, Wang also hopes to make it back to state this year after finishing third overall last year in doubles with teammate senior Vivian Kok.

“As a team I want us to keep getting closer together,” Wang said. “We have a lot we need to work on, but I think we can get there.”

The girls’ next match is the Hornet Invite at Hinsdale South on Saturday.