For most sports, winning one CIF title is a major accomplishment, but that would not satisfy Diamond Bar High School badminton team. As one of the most consistently successful sports teams on campus, the badminton team looks to earn its sixth consecutive CIF title.
“[It] definitely feels exciting going for a sixth consecutive CIF title because we would be tying for the most consecutive wins in CIF history,” senior captain Justin Lam said via Facebook. “It definitely adds a little more pressure on the team having to do as well or even better than past teams, but I believe if we stick what we are doing, we can bring the team another championship.”
Returning to the San Joaquin league, the team has 24 players, enough to fill two lineups of the minimum requirement of 12 players.
The team lost seven seniors from last season, but only one of them was a consistent starter. Head coach Kemp Wells said that most of the key players returned from last season, so the team is still at full strength.
Among the key players cited by the coach were seniors Lam and Vincent Chu, juniors Jasmine Huang, Ambrose So and Gwyneth Wang, and sophomores Daniel Huang, Mirabelle Huang and Angela Zhang.
The Brahmas are currently undefeated. They defeated Mira Costa 18-3, Redlands East Valley High School 21-0, Citrus Valley High School 21-0, Carnegie High School 21-0, and Arcadia High School 20-1. League competition started this week with matches against Wilson High School and Webb High School. Wells said that being the top team adds an element of pressure.
“There’s always going to be added pressure any time someone is considered the best team, someone’s always going to be that one to knock them off to some capacity.”
The Brahmas will play against Webb High School on Mar. 30 and Chino Hills High School on Apr. 4.