After winning the previous three games, the Prescott Badgers Badminton team hopped on the road for two games this week. The Badgers struggled on the court Tuesday against the red-hot Chaparral Firebirds losing 8-1 before jumping back against the Shadow Mountain Matadors on Thursday coming home with a 7-2 victory.
The only win of the day on Tuesday for the Badgers came in varsity singles as the sixth ranked Badger Zoey Frazier was able to win both her games by a score of 11-5.
Chaparral would take the rest of the games as it only took two games for San Bracken to beat Megan Raiss, Taylor Alphebet to beat Abby Nelson, Jerikah Davis to top Paige Campbell and Emily Lee to beat Sierra Price.
Mackenzie Schultz took the match against the Firebirds’ Katherine Luo to a tie-breaking third game before losing 11-7.
The Firebirds’ also had a dominating performance in varsity doubles as the team of Davis and Luo beat the Badgers’ Nelson and Schultz 2-0 after a competitive 15-13 match in game one before taking game two 15-7.
Meanwhile, the Badgers’ duo of Raiss and Campbell were unable to win a game against the Firebirds’ Bracken and Alphebet as the squad took game one 15-5 and game two 15-4.
Finally, the Firebirds’ team of Lee and Villa O’ Day beat Zoey Frazier and Sierra Price of the Badgers 15-5 in game one and 15-10 in game two.
The Badgers three match-winning streak was snapped and they looked forward to Thursday’s matchup against the Shadow Mountain Matadors’ which would prove more fruitful.
The varsity single matches on Thursday were nearly a complete sweep as Megan Raiss, Makenzie Schultz, Sierra Price, Zoey Frazier and Kelsey Harvey each took their matches in two games.
The only single match win for Shadow Mountain would be a victory by the Rebekah Martinovich over Abby Nelson, the second ranked Badger, in two games with an 11-8 score in game one and a 11-4 mark in game two.
The success continued for the Badgers in varsity doubles as the Badger team of Price and Harvey defeated the Matadors’ squad of Leah Craver and Jessica Garcia in two games each ending with a 15-6 mark.
Meanwhile, the Badgers’ Mackenzie Schultz and Zoey Frazier beat the Shadow Mountain team of Emilie Gillaspy and Annelise Strange 15-7 in game one before taking a competitive game two 15-12 to win the match.
The only doubles win of the day for Shadow Mountain would come when the team’s top two ranked players faced off in teams as the Matadors’ squad of Ariah Masters and Martinovich defeated Raiss and Nelson of the Badgers in three games.
The Badgers (6-4) now return home for the final time this season on senior night as they host the Barry Goldwater Bulldogs Tuesday at 4pm before heading back on the road for three straight to finish the season.