Sunrise Mountain High School junior Logan Rhodes and her badminton partner, senior Ellie Goodrich, dominated the doubles team from Tempe High School on September 25 to help lead the Mustangs to victory.
The girls beat the Buffalos’ top doubles team consisting of sophomore Jasmine Thomas and senior Day Mu, 21-7 and 21-18.
Before their doubles match, Rhodes and Goodrich played singles to start the team contest, which gave the girls an opportunity to scout opponents.
“Playing singles first allows us to get a game plan on our opponents for our doubles match,” Rhodes said.
Goodrich improved her singles record to 7-0 after defeating Tempe’s Gabby Peters, 21-11 and 21-7. She admitted that having not been beaten at the midway point in the season comes with added pressure.
“There is a lot of pressure on us girls,” Goodrich said. “But it gives us motivation to keep winning for not only the team but for the school.”
Sunrise Mountain focuses on depth in its roster by playing junior Megan McCarthy in six singles. McCarthy only allowed Tempe sophomore Emma Knisely to score 13 points to win her match, 21-10 and 21-3.
But while McCarthy excels in singles matches, she does the same with her doubles partner, junior Kalini Aguon-Sewall.
The junior duo held Tempe to single digits in the final match of the day, 21-9 and 21-7, to give Sunrise Mountain the victory.
The Mustangs are currently the second-ranked team in Division II with a perfect 7-0 record.
“We set goals every week to improve not only our strengths but our weaknesses,” Sunrise Mountain coach Peggy Jacobs said, adding that she looks forward to seeing the girls’ improvement throughout the rest of the season.
Sunrise Mountain travels to Peoria High School on Oct. 1 for its first section game of the year.
Dawson Turner is a sports journalism student at Arizona State’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism covering Sunrise Mountain High School athletics.