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Badminton crushes birds in Long Beach

Sydney Wuu
Jayden Chiu (‘20) smashes a bird with his partner Eric Liu (‘20) during warm-up.

Did you know that badminton is Webb’s one and only Division I sport? Although this racket-sport commonly hides in tennis’s shadow, many underestimate the agility, quick-thinking, and light hands required to succeed in this game.

The WSC and VWS badminton teams contain 62 players in total distributed across three levels: varsity, JV, and exhibition. On the afternoon of Friday, March 6th, they competed in their first away game against Cabrillo High School. After two seniors graduated from varsity last year, the varsity squad welcomed several returning Webb athletes transitioning in from JV, but no new badminton athletes.

Following Thursday’s home game against Mark Keppel High School, Webb varsity and JV badminton teams departed campus at 12:40 p.m. for an eight-hour excursion to Long Beach. First, Carbrillo’s badminton varsity captain delivered the opening remarks and pre-game instructions to welcome all players. Then, the games began with mixed doubles. 

Varsity players and JV players battled aggressively against Cabrillo players for approximately four hours. Towards the end of the game, players gathered on the sidelines to cheer each other on enthusiastically with the iconic “One more!” Webb badminton mantra to boost the team spirit.  

One highlight of the game featured the JV mixed doubles team of Fiona Jiang (‘22) and Victor Zhang (‘22), who won one of their sets 30-29, an unprecedented first for the badminton program.

“It was a long game,” said Fiona Jiang (‘22). “I felt exhausted, and it was my first time playing with Victor. Mixed doubles was a very intense and stressful experience, especially with everyone watching, but I felt better when my friends cheered us on for every point we scored.”

Ultimately, JV clinched a 11-10 victory, while varsity lost 10-11. Webbies said farewell to Cabrillo with one final cheer and ended the day with a delicious assortment of Friday night pizza at Cabrillo’s home gym. 

“Imagine getting 46 points in two sets and still losing the game,” said Jimmy Feng (‘21), a returning badminton athlete transitioning into varsity from JV. “Leo and I played boys’ doubles and the scores were 21-23, 23-25. I still feel very, very sad because we could’ve won. I learned that Leo and I should play more together to gain more experience and that we should both play consistently aggressive, even at the end of games.”

“Everyone played their hardest today,” said Coach Kevin Quick. “That is what we as coaches ask for is that you try your best. I know everybody will continue to play hard and improve throughout the season, as I always remind them to get better each day, each practice, and each game.” 

Although varsity fell short during their first away game, it nonetheless prepared the players for more future games, where they will battle for “One more!” each and every time. 

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Sydney Wuu
Sydney Wuu, Editor-in-Chief
Imagine being Editor-in-Chief for the Webb Canyon Chronicle, VWS all-school president, co-captain of the varsity tennis and water polo teams, and a big-time koala lover! Sydney Wuu (‘20), a senior boarding student from Pasadena, California, is all of these descriptions at once. You can catch Sydney listening to Khalid, watching Disney movies, or hanging out with her friends eating green tea mochi. Born on July 1st, Sydney portrays many of the characteristics of a Cancer: creative, loyal, and adventurous. Sydney employs these skills in her favorite humanities classes such as Advanced Studies Human Migration or Advanced Studies Cold War Era. Her goal this year is to broaden the horizons of the WCC with different forms of media, such as YouTube, Spotify playlists, and infographics.
Vivien Xi
Vivien Xi, Chief Copy Editor
Vivien Xi (‘21) is a positive and energetic soul from Shanghai, China. This year, she has taken on the role of Chief Copy Editor for the Webb Canyon Chronicle. She is perfect for the position because she is motivated, responsible, organized, and loves helping others. Over the summer, she interned at multiple financial firms and worked at a restaurant. Vivien’s spirit animal is a bee, because they are always working diligently and socializing with others. Vivien's busy bee work ethic will serve her well working on the WCC team and in her near future, especially since she wants to study economics and media. She enjoys playing tennis, eating sushi, and hanging out with friends and family. She wishes to make a positive impact in life, big or small. Vivien has gained a confident voice from working with the Webb Canyon Chronicle. This year, she plans to use her voice and platform on the WCC to speak out about healthcare systems around the world and how COVID-19 has impacted those systems.   

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