By John Torsiello
The Simsbury badminton team is off to a 1-2 start after dropping two of its first three matches of the 2013 season following a 6-4 campaign a year ago.
The first trip of the year to Miss Porter’s School was a rude wake up call for the Lady Trojans as a veteran, well practiced Farmington squad ran riot in a 7-0 victory.
All seven wins for The Green were straight game victories, starting with April Li defeating Mary Pyatt, 21-19, 21-17. Megan Goodwin played a nice first game before dropping a 21-17 decision, which was followed by Emily Zou finding her smash and drops to close Goodwin out, 21-8. Molly O’Donnell was up next and lost the first game, 21-4, before rebounding to a much more crisply played, 21-10, second game.
Tandem play saw the Fighting Daisies (yes, that is correct) continue their success, as Zou and Qian defeated Pyatt and O’Donnell in the first doubles, while Goodwin and Toni Park dropped a pair of 21-14 decisions to April Li and Sherry Zhang. Thirds saw Julie Shin and Jennifer Kornacki lose, 21-17, 21-9, to Luci Pan and Christine Li, while the Farmington squad completed the whitewash with Xinyl Wang and Rachel Song defeating Emma Taylor and Hannah Hayes.
The Lady Trojans shuffled their singles line up and shook up their doubles pairings in an attempt to get back into the win column on their first visit to Hamden High School.
After the long bus trip to southern Connecticut, Simsbury ran into a hard hitting, in-form Green Dragons squad. Number one singles Pyatt kept her match close before dropping a pair of 21-17 games to Yoo Jin Yoon. Debutante Toni Park overcame some nerves and errors to give Helen Burgueno a tough second game after dropping a straight game. Number three Goodwin suffered through an off day, which was compounded by some excellent play by Xiu Xian Han, in dropping her two games.
Doubles didn’t brighten up the Trojans’ day as Pyatt and Goodwin took the middle game of their match only to see Yoon and Burgueno run off the last eight points of the rubber game for the win. O’Donnell and Shin played well in the first game but faded in the second, while another new pairing, Park and Kornacki, dropped a pair of close games to lose in the thirds. Rounding out the day, Taylor and first-time player Jess Shin were unable to hold off the raw power of Hamden’s fours and dropped two straight games to complete the Green Dragon shutout.
Said head coach George Blick, “With a Simsbury team that only has two returning varsity players matched up against Porter’s six veterans plus a new recruit who plays very well, we were overmatched. The Hamden result can be partially ascribed to logistics (a forever bus ride) plus Monday matches are always poor due to people not having played since Friday. Excuses, excuses–we’ll play better against Hamden at our place but Porter’s is head and shoulders above the other teams this year.”
Simsbury hoped to get untracked when it traveled to East Hartford High School Wednesday (after press time). The Lady Trojans opened up the season with a 6-1 win over East Hartford.