Desjardins earns Muskies’ first badminton medal

Simone Desjardins, the lone Muskie competing at the all-Ontario badminton tournament in Sudbury over the weekend, started slowly but finished strong in earning a medal.
Desjardins went 2-3 overall to take home the bronze medal in the senior girls’ singles ‘C’ flight after beating Melissa Hopkinson of Thunder Bay on Saturday.
It was the first OFSAA badminton medal of any kind earned by a Muskie.
After losing a pair of one-sided matches to fall out of the ‘A’ and ‘B’ flights last Thursday (falling 15-2, 15-1 to Tarra Brazeau of Rockland and 15-12, 15-4 to Kristin Wilson of Brantford), the grade nine student topped Shannon Hughes (Toronto) 15-6 and 15-3 to advance to the ‘C’ semi-finals.
In that match, she lost 15-7 and 15-2 to eventual ‘C’ flight winner Uma Kuga (Brampton) to drop to the third-place game. But she capped off the weekend with a three-set win over Hopkinson on Saturday, losing the first game 15-12 before winning the last two 15-6 and 15-5.
“It was pretty tough competition [in the ‘A’ and ‘B’ flights],” said Muskie senior head coach Manami Alexander. “[But] Simone settled down and played well in her last matches.”
Overall, Desjardins finished with a 15-4 in high school play this season. Her only other loss heading into Sudbury was against Hopkinson at the NWOSSAA finals last month in Wawa.