A sharp smash from a racket echoed throughout the gym as the shuttlecock transcended over the net. The player from Mission San Jose High School missed the shuttlecock and the crowd roared. Senior Madeline took a step on the court while MVHS varsity coach Evan Blomquist came onto the court and lifted up sophomore Ethan Low. The Matadors won CIF mixed doubles and girls singles and unfortunately lost Girls Doubles.
On May 21, Independence High School hosted the 2016 California Interscholastic Federation Badminton Championships. The Matadors took home wins for both mixed doubles and girls singles. Apart from the wins, there were also some losses by former teams
Both MSJHS and Silver Creek HS were close to beating MVHS. A loud echo of anger filled the court as MSJHS lost by only two points.
Low and Sporkert took advantage of the court against Dougherty Valley HS, finishing the first game 21-3 and going on to claim the victory.
While Low and Sporkert were taking a half hour break off the court, girls doubles pair, junior Chi Lao and sophomore Karina Wang, had their first game against Armijo HS. Both girls fought hard, but their overconfidence in the quarterfinals got the best of them and Lao and Wang lost to the tough AHS Indians.
“We know that they were good already, and it kind of killed us,” Lao said.We were more concerned of catching back to them and getting the points faster and we were rushing”
When Lao and Wang lost the game, they didn’t leave the gym. Instead, they kept their heads up and said, “There’s always next year.” Both players packed up their gear but stayed till the end to cheer for their other teammates, Low and Sporkert.
Wang and Lao were then placed in the consolation bracket, where they would have to redeem themselves one more time in order to remain in the tournament. The pair played against the Lowell HS, fighting to win and save themselves from elimination. In the first game, the Cardinals exhibited dominant play over the Matadors and the Matadors lost. In the second game, however, the Matadors picked up the pace but it was not enough to make up for their past loss.
Low and Sporkert played on, beating Foothill HS at quarterfinals at a score of 21-12 and 21-19. Both players kept their streak up and played hard, smashing each shuttlecock across the net. The shuttlecock went back and forth consistently until the Falcons gave up due to MVHS’ speed.
In the semi finals, MVHS faced the tough MSJHS Warriors. Both teams tied in the first five minutes of the first game. Low delivered a shot scoring one more point for the Matadors. The game started to became tough as the Warriors caught up as the Matadors were four points behind at 11-07. After a brief talk with the coach, the Matadors were ready to pick up the pace and scored three more points at 12-10. At the end of the game, Low and Sporkert won 21-19.
“We were still able to control the game, and we had better skills than them and sometimes they messed up so we were able to attack,” Sporkert said. “I guess a strategy we used was playing more offensive.”
The Warriors were then placed in the consolation bracket and emerged victoriously out of consolation. The shuttlecock was passed and Low smashed, scoring one point for the Matadors at 03-02. During the second round, the Matadors were two points behind as the Warriors caught up with the game. Low scored at 7-4 and Sporkert scored an additional point, leaving the score at 08-05. As the game went on, the Warriors were also quick on their feet and won the second round at 22-21. During the last round, the Matadors picked up the pace and Sporkert scored to make the score 20-10. Low and Sporkert won 21-10. A Warriors player threw his racket down on the court, screaming at the top of his lungs. Blomquist ran across the court and picked up Low.
“I was nervous a little bit but since we played them before we felt a little more confident. To win the first one is a big accomplishment,” said Sporkert.
“I’m just happy that I won with Sporkert. I think I played alright and she carried my spirit through the competition.” said Low.
This competition marks the end of the 2016 Badminton Season.