Coming into 2015, Neuqua Valley girls badminton had never earned a state trophy, nor had an individual medal winner in doubles or singles. Thanks to head coach Marie Valente and her talented players, all that changed by season’s end. The Wildcats stunned the competition at state, emerging as the undefeated state champions. Lauren Ho finished 4th at state, while doubles duo Eva Chen and Katherine Chung took home the 5th place medal. Arthi Cunkari, Sophia Li, and Joyce Chen also made the state trip and contributed key points to the championship. With everyone except for Katherine Chung returning in 2016, coach Valente speaks with NSW’s Nico Haeflinger about the expectations for a repeat, and how she keeps the competitive edge mixed with a fun atmosphere with the team.
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