Corona del Sol Badminton: Sturdy relationships on and off the courtroom


Aztec Badminton Staff 2021-22 (Photograph Credit: Aztec Badminton)

Alex Suarez is an ASU Cronkite Faculty of Journalism pupil assigned to cowl Corona del Sol for AZPreps365.com.

Corona del Sol Aztec, the seventh-ranked crew in Division I, entered the state on the again of a seven-match successful streak. However the bond shared between these women is unbreakable.

Till final season, the Aztecs had been the sector champions for 3 consecutive years. Their objective this 12 months was to re-conquer the area and their efforts had been profitable with a match win towards Queen Creek on Monday to finish the season.

Aztec head coach Katie Felicetti talked concerning the significance of their presidential matches and the way it helped the crew develop for the remainder of the season.

“We performed in a match early within the season and we completed second behind Chaparral, shedding by two factors within the final match,” Felicetti stated. “We confronted three powerful opponents in a row and I believe we simply needed it, we labored onerous collectively and needed to get again on the sector and win.”

In Aztec Junior Marilyn Lee and Junior Eli Pequeno will compete within the singles class beginning Friday, October 21. Whereas seniors Megan Kirchard and Kayla McDonald will compete within the doubles part of the state match. The Aztecs will then host the quantity 10 ranked Pinnacle at dwelling within the Division I Staff Championship on Monday 25 October.

Head coach Katie Felicetti was complimentary of the crew’s seniors and what they meant to this system.

“He is been an amazing chief, being the captain, practising with the women, very outspoken and displaying nice management,” Felicetti stated.

These women make a stable crew they usually have a robust companionship to go together with it. With 23 women on the crew this 12 months, most taken on by Felicetti, the crew has absolutely grown and is having enjoyable on and off the courtroom.

“Though it was a problem at instances, all of us mentioned that we’d take 23 and actually be a crew collective unit,” Felicetti stated.

Kayla McDonald talks concerning the sturdy relationships between herself and different women on and off the courtroom.

“I believe an enormous a part of it’s simply making the workouts enjoyable, all of us snort and joke,” McDonald stated. “We do a superb quantity of casual crew bonding. All of us went dwelling collectively in an enormous method. We’re all simply associates on and off the courtroom.”

McDonald’s believes the crew was capable of rally final 12 months’s season and produce what they’ve realized since then and apply it this season to attain their targets of successful the world as soon as once more. I helped them.

“It was superior – final 12 months was such a building 12 months, it reveals that our work has paid off final 12 months,” McDonald stated. “Final 12 months we solely had 11 women and this 12 months we had 23, it is very nice to indicate that our onerous work paid off.”

Kirchhart is happy concerning the alternative to compete within the State Doubles Championship along with his buddy and teammate McDonald’s in addition to the crew beginning October 25.

“We’re seniors, it is a actually massive deal. It means so much to me. It is very nice that we obtained the state this 12 months, it means so much,” Kirchhardt stated.

For Kirchhardt and McDonald, the 2 have been longtime teammates and proceed to develop that bond between themselves and the crew.

“We have performed basketball with one another since sixth grade, we have all the time performed collectively and we have all the time been hanging out with everybody outdoors of college,” Kirchhardt stated.

Kirchhardt hopes that the crew as a bunch can take away and study from all the pieces they study and keep it up into future success.

“You continue to should work onerous and be aggressive, the conditioning and different stuff coaches make us price it in the long run,” Kirchhardt stated.

The connection with this badminton crew has fueled Pequeno’s love for the sport.

“With badminton everybody actually likes one another,” Pequeno stated. “It is such a relaxed and pleasant setting that brings us to play extra and make extra friendships and general have a good time enjoying.”

Seniors have performed an vital function in Pequeno’s eyes and he appears to be like ahead to constructing on that and leaving the identical impression for others.

“I’ve all the time appeared as much as the seniors, they have been great function fashions and gamers to play towards and I am clearly unhappy to go away them after the college 12 months as a result of they’re my closest associates,” Pequeno stated. “I wish to ensure I will be senior subsequent 12 months that they had been for me, creating an setting the place everybody spends time collectively.”

The ladies have constructed an amazing friendship on and off the courtroom this season and have used that bond and carried it on the courtroom on a regular basis. They are going to all bear in mind this crew and can cherish these moments for years to come back.



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