The BBC Junior Team had a strong showing over Memorial Day weekend at the Midwest Super Regional in Chicago with many players taking home medals and showing improvement. As excitement and anticipation builds towards the Jr Nationals (hosted by us, July 2-10) this tournament proved to be a great momentum-builder for our juniors, who represented 20 of the 369 players in attendance.
The hard work and dedication of travelling and competing is paying off as there were 15 instances where either a BBC junior was seeded, or upset a seeded opponent.
Over the long weekend William Hu and Adrian Unruh exhibited standout performances as they reached all three semi-finals in U15 and U17 respectively. Adrian placed fourth in singles and claimed silver in doubles as well as in mixed doubles with fellow teammate, Annette Lam. William left footprints all over the podium winning third in mixed with teammate Abigail Li, second in singles in a very close three-game match, and first in doubles with Sri Kolla of the Northern Virginia Badminton Club.
Other notable finishes include Melinda Guo and Annette Lam winning third place in U17 girls doubles, and Elias Frausing and Eric Fan winning third place in U17 boys doubles. Jerry Song and Jared Lai rounded out the team’s superb play by reaching the semi-finals in U19 boys doubles and claiming fourth. The final results can be viewed here: http://www.tournamentsoftware.com/sport/draws.aspx?id=84269198-E659-4192-BD61-4C9A1B021BAD
One month of training and fine-tuning remains until the Jr Nationals where the BBC Junior Team will be more motivated than ever to play hard and fight in front of the home crowd. Volunteer opportunities are still available from video streaming to transportation to umpiring and lunch coordination. Sign up to volunteer!