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Seasons of success

Seasons of success

Karen Ma

March 8, 2017

very season for the past 18 years, MVHS’ varsity badminton team has played and won the top division. Every year before the spring season, the MVHS Badminton Club hosts open gyms at least once a week in the field house for badminton enthusiasts to play and for team members to put their newly acquir...

Views from the bench: Team USA’s 10-day trip to Spain

Views from the bench: Team USA's 10-day trip to Spain

Karen Ma

December 8, 2016

Watch the video below to follow our World Junior badminton team through our 10 days in Spain! Expectation: Lug racquet bag around Spain for a week. Play and watch the best of each nation’s youth badminton players. Rest at hotel. Reality: Ten days of uncontrollable laughter, tempting meals, ...

Badminton: Matadors win first match against Gunn HS

Badminton: Matadors win first match against Gunn HS

Renee Pu

April 12, 2016

VHS’ badminton team played its first match of the season on March 8, 2016. Competing against Gunn HS, varsity won the match with an overall score of 25 - 5, with 25 points for MVHS and five for GHS.   Highlights of Varsity 1 Mixed Doubles Game 1 As the first game of varsity 1 ...

Badminton: Season begins with high expectations, new coaches and different training drills

Badminton: Season begins with high expectations, new coaches and different training drills

Amita Mahajan

March 9, 2016

The team gathers around coaches Evan Blomquist and Peter Wu for instructions about training drills and season expectations on Feb. 23. The players look forward to another successful season this year. Photo by Amita Mahajan. ast year’s badminton team was arguably the most successful MVHS spor...

Badminton Club’s Halloween Mini-Tourney

Badminton Club’s Halloween Mini-Tourney

Karen Ma

November 10, 2015

t 5 PM on the night before Halloween, the doors to the field house open and members of the Badminton Club pour in, each carrying an equipment bag for rackets, shoes and water. Normally, a Friday would mean a fun, welcoming day of open gym, where players would play casual games and get to know one another...

Badminton: Senior night dawns with 26-4 victory over Palo Alto High School

Badminton: Senior night dawns with 26-4 victory over Palo Alto High School

Brandon Chin

May 20, 2015

It rained on May 14, the day of the last badminton game. As droplets fell from the sky and onto the campus of students taking the AP Economics test, it brewed an even darker mood. Time passed slowly. With bubbles to fill, seemingly as constant as the rain itself, many in the room wanted it to ...

Game GIFs: Badminton team surpasses Los Altos HS 18-12

Sophomores Ansell Yuen and Joshua Ho played in one of the fastest courts of the April 28 matchup. Returning rallies were demanded at incredible speed and persisted for the duration of the game.

Brandon Chin

April 30, 2015

Racquet on the Court The court featuring sophomores Ansell Yuen and Joshua Ho drew the attention and voices of dozens of players from both schools. Each additional point only drove up the volume until the sidelines were roaring with cheers or groaning at a loss in a rally. Within the court howeve...

Badminton: Matadors smash Homestead High School 30-0 in scrimmage

Badminton coach Eric Liu watches as Matadors explain the rules of the Field House to both teams on March 19. The short introduction is customary to most badminton games. Photo by Brandon Chin.

Brandon Chin

March 22, 2015

Correction (Mar. 26): An earlier version of this article stated an incorrect upcoming match between MVHS and Saratoga High School. The Matadors next home game will be against Gunn High School on March 26. A sharp smack sounded from Homestead High School’s side of court. The birdie sliced through ...

Badminton: Matadors rally as the 2015 season prepares to be served

Matadors assemble in the Field House well before the practice has officially begun. The three three teams, Varsity, Junior Varsity, and backup, are more integrated this season than they have in years previous.

Brandon Chin

March 18, 2015

The Matadors are champions when it comes to badminton. Since 1998, they have consistently made CCS appearances and have won nearly 15 titles across all divisions. Few schools can match MVHS legacy of driving through the ranks, and this ability will be tested once the badminton season approaches. ...

Matador of the Week: Justin Ma

Matador of the Week: Justin Ma

Ashmita Chakraborty

April 25, 2014

Junior Justin Ma discusses his experience as a competitive badminton player both on and off the school team. Read More »...

Class of 2013: The Senior Games

Class of 2013: The Senior Games

Mihir Patil

May 29, 2013

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