WolfPack Confident Going Into 2013-14 PACWEST Provincial Badminton Championships

  Posted on: February 13, 2014

Ali Hines returns with Alex Perkin (Feb 1, 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).

Alex Perkin backhands (Feb 1, 2014  Snucins)

WolfPack Player/Coach Alex Perkin (Andrew Snucins photo)

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.

anthony Arduini returns (NOv 10,2013 Snucins)

Anthony Arduini (Andrew Snucins photo)

“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.”

Anica Arduini returns (Feb 1, 2014 Snucins)

Anica Arduini (Andrew Snucins photo)

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.

Erika Dufort (Feb 1, 2014 Snucins)

Erika Dufort (Andrew Snucins photo)

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.

Joel Feenstra (Feb 1, 2014  Andrew Snucins)

Joel Feenstra (Andrew Snucins photo)

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.”