After nearly two full years of not playing badminton because of the COVID-19 outbreak a year ago, the girls are back on the court. And with 10 girls on the team, they all get to play both singles and doubles. Whether they are experienced or relatively new, they are all battling and improving.
Seniors Noor Adi and Monaya Ali are leading the doubles teams this year. The leading singles players are Aneta Dzielska and her doubles partner Iman Khater.
“Noor plays with a lot of power and is very skilled,” head coach Patty Shafer said. “Monaya gets to all shots. We are still working on our doubles skills, techniques, and strategies, but this team has a lot of potential. Aneta has good technique and has a nice cross-court drop. She’s a quiet leader and leads by example. Iman is tall and hits hard. She balances Aneta’s game, which has a drop element to it. They make a great doubles team and are fun to watch compete for that top singles spot.”
Seniors Hiba Ouarerhni and Lilian Fariz fill in the middle of the lineup for the Spartans. Senior Cyreesa Arroyo has been paired with junior Abby Pasinski for a doubles team as well.
“Ouarerhni and Fariz are improving every day,” Shafer said. “Cyreesa and Abby are learning to play together, but they both are strong competitors and are going to get better and better as the year goes on.”
Finally, there is the junior tandem of Adriana Hall and Jessica Kasprzak.
“These girls are a joy to coach,” Shafer said. “Both Adriana and Jessica are very eager to learn and get better. They have a ton of potential, and I’m eager to mold them this year.”