PHOENIX - In another damning sign for the computer scheduling model, Mountain Pointe's badminton season came to an end Monday in the state quarterfinals.
The ninth-seeded Pride lost 5-3 to top-ranked Xavier in highly contested match - one many observers thought could have been a state championship match including Mountain Pointe coach Pom Brown.
"I don't see how we ended up in the bracket where we did," Brown said after the match at Xavier.
Mountain Pointe 12-1 in power ranking matches during the regular season, losing 5-4 to Xavier, but because its schedule, selected by a computer per the Arizona Interscholastic Association's new rule, was against weak programs the Pride ended up ninth in the final rankings.
It led to a first-round match against Mesa Red Mountain, which the Pride won 5-0, and quarterfinal matchup with the Gators.
In singles action, Xavier took four of the six matches with it swinging to the Gators direction when two of the matches went to a third set. Mountain Pointe's Vaishnavi Koka won but Nyla Wambold came up short.
The Pride had a chance to win it still with a sweep of the three double matches, but only managed only one win as Kiyoko Hashimoto and Koka remained undefeated on the season.
The individual tournaments start on Friday as Hashimoto and Koka should be one of the top seeds and Geneva Heinkel and Sabrina Martinez also entered as a doubles team.
The singles entrants for the Pride will be Jenna Dogherty and Larae Keso will participate in singles.
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