By John Torsiello
The Simsbury badminton team was hoping to turn around a rather disappointing season in grand fashion this week when it hosted the state tournament at the high school.
Simsbury posted a 4-6 record during the regular season after being 6-4 a year ago.
“The tournament should be a good fight between Hamden and Miss Porter’s,” said Simsbury head coach George Blick. “Porter’s ran the table at 8-0 in the league and Hamden wasn’t far behind at 6-2. The two teams also don’t seem to like each other much, and we’ll obviously be trying to steal a few points as well.”
He added of his own team, “Sophomores never play in singles and rarely make it to the one or two doubles seedings. A bare cupboard coupled with some key injuries and suspensions has put some of this Lady Trojans team on the fast track learning curve extravaganza, which will hopefully stand us in good stead next year.”
Key players for Simsbury have been Molly O’Donnell, whom Blick called “a consistent presence in the line-up. He said, “Jennifer Kornacki, a first year player and a sophomore, has played consistently in doubles matches and was promoted to third seed singles. She’s a smart kid who reads plays well, uses a variety of well placed shots to earn points, and has good finesse at the net.”
Taeyoung (Toni) Park is another first year player and sophomore, whom Blick said, “has played as high as the number one seed singles and played in all the doubles seedings. She has good power, decent court presence and will develop into a good player with more experience and fewer unforced errors.”