April 7, 2010 > Badminton Recap
By Sanjna Shukla
As far as scores are concerned, the third week of high school badminton in the Mission Valley Athletic League (MVAL) did not hold any surprises. The top teams continued to do well, while the other teams struggled.
The top two teams, Mission San Jose and James Logan high schools, caught a break this week as they came across a relatively easy patch in their schedule. The most demanding game for Mission would be a match against Logan, who they defeated by 11 points in the first week of regular season play. Mission looks to keep their impeccable record as James Logan tries to maintain their winning streak.
Mission San Jose defeated both Washington and Newark Memorial High School, 16-1. Both teams were only able to score one point against the first-place Mission Warriors. Mission remains undefeated for the season, with a record of 6-0.
Washington High School, coming off two consecutive wins the previous week, lost both their games. The Huskies lost 11-6 to the American High School Eagles, and 16-1 to Mission Warriors.
Newark Memorial also had a bittersweet two games. Hot off a 13-4 win against Dougherty Valley, Newark lost 16-1 to Mission San Jose. The loss to the Warriors was the second one this season, bringing the Newark record to 4-2.
Even though Newark took the cake in the match against Dougherty, the Dougherty Wildcats showed that they have a promising future. All players on the Dougherty womenâ€™s singles team defeated their opponents, earning all four points for the team.
Lily Wen of Dougherty stood out as she defeated her opponent 21-0 in two matches. The relatively new teamâ€™s main focus is to gain experience for their younger players. Though this yearâ€™s record doesnâ€™t show for it, Dougherty Valley will be a force to reckon with in the upcoming years.
Irvington has yet to find consistency this season. They have had significant successes as they have won games by a wide margin; however they have not won two consecutive games. After clinching a win against American last week, Irvington High School could not hold their ground against the second-place Logan Colts as they fell 11-6. The Vikings got their act together in time for their match against Dougherty Valley, ousting the Wildcats 16-1.
James Logan enjoyed success this week as they improved their record to 5-1. They defeated both Irvington and Kennedy, creating a four-game win streak. They will look to make it five against Washington next week.