Badminton: Lincoln-Way West denied by tiebreaker
By Logan Malloy For Sun-Times Media March 16, 2013 9:52PM
Romeoville No.1 singles Melanie Underwood in action against Plainfield East s Lakshmi Tatineni during the Joliet Central Badminton Invitational Saturday March, 16, 2013. | Ray Luna ~ For Sun-Times Media
Updated: April 18, 2013 6:33AM
A fifth consecutive championship just wasn’t in the cards for Lincoln-Way West on Saturday.
The Warriors tied Metea Valley with 30 points at the Joliet Central Birds of Steel Tournament, but dropped the title based on head-to-head matches 3-2.
“It’s disappointing, but you can’t take anything away from Metea Valley,” West coach Donna Thompson said. “They played well and have really good singles players.”
Joliet Central finished third with 20 points, Joliet West placed fourth with 17 and Plainfield East, behind No. 1 singles champion Lakshmi Tatineni, placed fifth with 15 points in the eight-team round robin tournament.
Leading the charge for West was the No. 1 doubles tandem of Lizzie Bradshaw and Emily Keith. The pair went 7-0 on the day.
“This is an ego boost, because we were having difficulty with partners and matching up,” Bradshaw, a returning state qualifier said. “But now we’re locked and ready to play first doubles all the way.”
“We had a good rotation and hit everything down at the net,” Keith said. “I think this predicts a good future. We played all good teams today.”
The Warriors’ sophomore duo of Stephanie McDonald and Megan Weygant took first at No. 3 doubles with a 7-0 record and showed their moxie with a come-from-behind victory.
“We were smart with our rotation. We talked about it and where to go,” Weygant said. “(Communication) is really important because you’re constantly moving.”
West’s No. 2 doubles of Sarah Harenberg and Hannah Sigrist finished third.
“Our doubles teams were clicking today,” Thompson said. “They continued to get better as day went on.”
No. 1 singles player Beth Heiser went 5-2 and finished third, and No. 2 singles player Angela Bieser went 6-1 to take second.