The Prescott Badgers varsity badminton team had a tough Tuesday night on the court as the Ironwood Eagles continued the un-defeated match streak and swept the Badgers in varsity singles and doubles.
Ironwood is a pretty good program,” said Badger Badminton coach Bobbi Yoder after the matches. “We knew they were going to be a tough program coming into this tonight.”
In varsity singles, the Badgers current top rated player, Megan Raiss, lost to Jasmine Morales in the first game 11-9 but jumped back in the second game to win 11-8 before losing the tiebreaker 11-5.
Meanwhile, Abby Nelson, the second ranked Badger, was swept in a match against Katie McNelly of the Eagles losing the first game 11-9 and the second 11-7.
The third ranked Badger, Mackenzie Schultz, played Mary Gregorio and took the match to three games after a great win in the first game 11-1 but fell in game two 11-4 and game three 11-5.
Paige Campbell, who ranks fourth among the Badgers, struggled against Ironwood’s Emily Nikirk losing game one 11-8 and 11-3 in game two.
The fifth ranked Badger, Zoey Frazier, lost to Elizabeth Havrilla in two games as the first was decided with a 11-4 score and the second with a 11-5 tally.
Finally, Sierra Price, the sixth ranked Badger, lost the match to Ironwood’s Kennidi Ortega after taking the first game 11-9 but fell in the second game 11-3 and the final game 11-1.
When the doubles matches began, the team of Abby Nelson and Mackenzie Schultz battled but were unable to stop Ironwood’s Katie McNelly and Elizabeth Havrilla as the two fell 15-13 in game one and 15-11 in game two.
Meanwhile, the team of Megan Raiss and Paige Campbell lost to the Eagle’s Jasmine Morales and Kennidi Ortega 15-11 and 15-10 in the two games played.
The final doubles match saw the Badger’s Zoey Frazier and Sierra Price fall to Mary Gregorio and Emily Nikirk after a 17-14 defeat in game one and a 15-6 defeat in game two.
Considering the experience gap between the two programs, Yoder said her girls did well but it shows the team is still a work in progress. “Everyone battled and everyone is coming along nicely,” said Yoder. “The girls are positive and just need to keep working in practice and we’ll get those close ones.”
The Badgers will have one day of practice until they head out onto the road Thursday for a 4pm match against the Saguaro Sabercats in Scottsdale.
After the sweep of the Badgers in Prescott, the Ironwood Eagles return home looking to keep their perfect match record alive against the Thunderbird Chiefs. The match will begin at 4pm in Glendale’s Ironwood High School.