Half Hollow Hills girls badminton revels in 50 straight wins

Gina Augusta, badminton player for Half Hollow Hills.

Gina Augusta, badminton player for Half Hollow Hills. Photo Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan

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The Half Hollow Hills girls badminton team earned its 50th straight win with a 9-0 victory over Patchogue-Medford on Thursday.

The win-streak dates to the 2010 season, and in that span the Thundercolts have won three straight Suffolk championships and are poised to add a fourth.

"It's amazing, it really is," coach Lisa Albert said. "When I started coaching I didn't ever think that I was gonna be able to do this, but my kids are so dedicated and they work so hard. I'm just happy for them."

"I'm pretty proud because I've been here during the four years that we've been undefeated," senior captain Susan Zhang said. "Badminton has been one of my favorite memories throughout high school, so it's a great experience."

But with continued success brings added pressure.

"It's fun, but it's nerve-racking too because we want to keep it going," sophomore Divya Rao said. "But at the same time, we all know what we're capable of and we have a lot of good role models on the team. It's definitely fun, but it's a lot to live up to."

For the seniors, they are hoping to finish their careers without a blemish on their records.

"I just don't want to mess it up now," senior Gina Augusta said. "We've worked so hard to get here and we know how much effort we've put into it that it would be a disappointment to not finish it off undefeated."

Still, the team has an unwavering confidence that they will be able to continue the success for years to come.

"Our team is very competitive, so we get a lot of talented players coming onto the team every year," junior Monica Chen said. "So I'm pretty positive that we'll be able to continue our streak."

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