By Erica Xie
The PHHS Badminton team has been successful throughout the season so far with a score of 9-2.
In their recent game against Independence High School they scored 12-3.
The team won every game so far except against Evergreen Valley High School team, where they lost 8-7 and 9-6.
“Our team has been doing well against other schools, and my personal goal is to stay undefeated,” said Captain Anthony Qiu.
They still have a few games to play with the season ending in late April, but their opponents are tough.
“We’ve been making some mistakes recently and there are close games that should be easier,” explained Assistant Coach Van Pham. “We have a lot to improve on, but we have a couple of talented freshmen this year.”
The line up for each game is decided based on which school the team is playing next for the optimal chance at winning and helping players find opponents that challenge them.
“Every year, Evergreen, Leland and us fight for the top three places in League,” commented Coach Pham. “We want to get first place this year.”
The badminton team practices on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. JV is from 5pm to 7pm and Varsity is from 7pm-9pm.
“As a Captain I have to stay for the whole four hours, and I help the team on drills,” revealed Captain Nicky Nguyen.
Outside of games, the team is also planning to participate in tournaments at other schools, outside tournaments and individually compete in CCS (Central Coast Section).
“We recently had a Frosh/Soph tournament where freshmen and sophomores competed and our players scored pretty well,” said Nguyen. “And I hope to make it to CCS this year because I didn’t make it last year.”
On March 28, the team held an alumni game where previous graduates came back and played a game against the current varsity players.
“It was fun playing against the alumni” exclaims Varsity player Cindy Ke. “It was a close game. We lost 8-7.”
Senior Night for the team is this Friday as they play against Leigh High School, a game they expect to win.