Arizona High School 2020 Badminton Season Preview

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The 2020 Arizona high school badminton season has been given a green light along with other fall sports to move ahead this month.

With that in mind, here’s a preview of the upcoming season,  which begins Sept. 17, with a look at expected contenders in two divisions.

Division I

Gilbert Perry enters the season as the three-time champion with a 43-0 record in that span. While Sue Kwon is no longer on the team, junior Nikhita Jayaraj and senior Ashley Rodarte will hope to lead the Pumas to another title.

Within the same region, Xavier looks to continue its growth after a fifth place state finish last season. Despite losing three seniors, head coach Laura Forbes is confident in her newest batch of experienced players including Sophie Riviere, Lina Vanderway and Zoe Barton.

“We expect lively competition from Perry, who will be hungry for another title, and the very talented squad from Hamilton,” Forbes said. “Ready to rise to the challenge, we will be working hard to be the best we can be and proudly represent Xavier athletics.”

After finishing last season ranked third, Hamilton brings forth a great tandem between Rujuta Sane — last year’s singles champion — and Neha Shakir. 



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