Posted on: February 13, 2014
The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack badminton team will see its PACWEST regular season come to a close this weekend. The WolfPack will be in Surrey, BC to compete in the league provincial tournament starting Saturday (Feb 15).
Coach Alex Perkin and his crew are hoping that some of their players will have a good chance of making it to the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association championship as either a player on the PACWEST team or the BC Wildcard crew.
“Going into the weekend, we have Anthony Arduini (1st year, Kamloops, BC) back from his ankle injury,” said Perkin. “ We are hoping to improve on our fourth place team finish during the last tournament held at TRU. We are hoping to come out ahead of Vancouver Island University during team play on Saturday. On Sunday, we are hoping for four medals with at least one of them being a silver.”
Perkin believes that the duo of Anica Arduini (5th year, Kamloops, BC) and Lacey Banman (3rd year, Kamloops, BC) in women’s doubles and himself in men’s singles will have a chance of going onto the National Championships. The CCAA Nationals are being held at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology in Edmonton, Alberta starting February 26 th.
The WolfPack will be sending a smaller team to Surrey this weekend. Perkin will play in men’s singles, Ali Hines (1st year, Kamloops, BC) will compete in women’s singles. Arduini and Banman in women’s doubles. Nathan McNeilly (1 st year Salmon Arm, BC) and Erika Dufort (2nd year, Brighton, ON) will represent TRU in mixed doubles while Anthony Arduini will team up with Joel Feenstra (1st year, Salmon Arm, BC) in men’s doubles.
As Perkin looks back at his second year as head coach he says. “ Our team dealt with strong competition all season and many of our players improved significantly through the course of the season. Unfortunately, the level of our competition has risen from past years and we didn’t improve on our fifth place from last year. There are a lot of positives to build on going into next season.”