Varsity This past week the Girls’ Tennis team prepared for competition at the IHSA sectional hosted by DGS. The sectional featured some of the top players in the state. The team was represented by Rachel Hofstetter at 1st singles, Jacquelyn Cameli at 2nd singles, Sarah Puz and Natalie Axelrod at 1st doubles, and Aimee Puz and Casey Droske at 2nd doubles. Both singles players and the second doubles team were unseeded and ran into some tough competition in the opening round, and despite playing some great tennis, were eliminated from sectional play. The first doubles team (seeded fifth/ sixth) lived up to their seed and ran into a tough Benet team in the qualifying round (to head to state after winning their first two matches against Lisle and Downers Grove South). Despite playing their best tennis together all season, Sarah and Natalie also had their hopes of making it to state dashed. Although the competition was tough, Hinsdale South was represented well, and has a promising future with a lot of returning varsity players and some junior varsity players ready to complete at the next level. What a great season!
Week of October 5th
Varsity This past week the Girls’ Tennis team played some of their best tennis all season. After taking care of St. Viator early in the week with a 5-2 win, the hornets put in 3 days of great practice in order to prepare for their conference tournament. Heading into the tournament, a conference championship was still in reach, but despite some great individual successes, the hornets came up short, and finished second in conference for the third straight season behind rival and deserved Downers Grove South. All positions medaled, with Rachel Hofstetter taking 3rd place at 1st singles, Jacquelyn Cameli taking 2nd place at 2nd singles, and Cassidy Sattler taking 3rd place at 3rd singles. The first doubles team of Sarah Puz and Natalie Axelrod took 1st, the second doubles team of Aimee Puz and Casey Droske took 1st, and the third and fourth doubles teams of Anisha Atluri and Shalini Atluri, and Giedre Motuzyte and Mouna Chahin both took second. It was a great day to be a Hornet. This week the hornets resume action as they look to prepare for sectional play this weekend. The team will be represented by Sarah Puz, Natalie Axelrod, Aimee Puz, Casey Droske, Rachel Hofstetter, and Jacquelyn Cameli.
JV This week was really about getting the girls excited and pumped for conference. Monday and Tuesday we gave some of the girls some opportunities to play at some top spots to end the regular season. We played St. Viator on Monday and we played in a quad on Tuesday against waubonsie Valley, Nequa Valley as well St. Charles East. Some of my top players got the opportunity to watch and help our younger newer players throughout the day. Saturday we hosted Conference. All of our girls played hard and left it all on the court. At first 1st singles (Taylor Johnson) proved better than the brackets 3rd place seating and she came out in second place to our conference top rivals Downers Grove South with super close scores at 7-5, 7-8 and 7-6. At 2nd singles senior Rachel Davis came out ahead of bracket seating at 3rd and won second place to or conference rival DGS. At 3rd singles Maleah Williams came out in 3rd which wasn't the 5th place the bracket had her seated in. She played some great tennis and showed me that even as a new tennis player it's possible to improve and be good. 1st Doubles Carly and Bethany played a pretty intense and competitive match for the championship against again conference rivals DGS. The girls fought a long three sets to come out on top winning 1sr doubles with scores of 6-0, 2-6 and 6-4. These girls showed me that they can really beat the odds. Lastly 4th doubles Natalia and Arianna came in 4th place instead of the bracket seating of fifth place which was an awesome close game against 3rd place finisher Morton (7-6 and 6-4). The team placed 4th overall. We're hoping to get these girls back next season to try to moving that overall placing up. Although we are losing senior Rachel and potentially some of our other top players to varsity we look to gain new talent to add to this years team next year. Thanks for a great season students, parents and coaches.
Week of September 28th
Varsity This week the girls tennis team finished conference play with a 6-1 win over Addison Trail on Tuesday night, putting their overall conference record at 5-1, and keeping them in the hunt for a conference championship. They also played Lyons Township on Thursday where they fell 0-7 to what is no doubt considered one of the top teams in the state. On Friday and Saturday the girls participated in the Lockport 32-team tournament, a first for the girls. On Friday they finished with a 4-1 win over Stagg and lost 0-5 to Edwardsville. With a 4-1 win over Plainfield Central on Saturday, and tough 2-3 losses against both Oswego East and Lincoln-Way North, the girls finished 14th out of 32 teams. The five matches played over Friday and Saturday should prove to provide valuable experience and a nice tune-up before looking to compete at the conference tournament and sectionals the next two weekends.
JV This was once again a busy week for jv tennis. We started the week off with a conference match up against Addison trail high school. We were at 3-3 as a team as we waited anxiously for the last game to be completed, 4th doubles Sabrina and Agne. We had won the first set and were in the 2nd set in tie breaker for the set at 6-6 my girls won the point and the set with Sabrina hitting a deep corner shot that was un returnable. We won the entire game beating Addison Trail 4-3. We went on to play Lyons Township on Thursday it was a very tough match for everyone and a cold one but they played some good matches despite the circumstances. We took a hard hit losing the match 0-7. Saturday I took a team of six to a quad hosted by West Aurora where we played Bartlett, Joliet Catholic and West Aurora. We won 2nd doubles against Bartlett and West Aurora with Natalia and Jessica. Overall a busy week but we are super pumped for conference which will be hosting this upcoming Saturday. We have one more non conference match-up against St. Viator away on Monday.
Week of September 21st
Varsity This week was a busy one for the Girls Tennis team. The girls saw action against conference rival Downers Grove South on Monday, falling 2-5. On Tuesday they traveled to Willowbrook where they took care of business with a 7-0 win. Thursday they played Morton at home and lead 5-1 with Rachel Hofstetter’s match at 2nd still needing to be finished (postponed because of darkness and rescheduled for Monday). Friday the varsity team traveled downstate to participate in the Southern Duals hosted by Edwardsville HS and Belleville East HS. On Friday they suffered a tough loss to Althoff Catholic (3-4) and then fell to a tough Belleville West team (3-8). Saturday morning saw the team battle back versus O’Fallon HS, but fell 3-4, and the day ended with a match versus a talented Belleville East team where the Hornets fell 0-11. The week ultimately saw some nice success against some conference schools and some of the best teams down south. Mouna Chahin and Carly Sattler saw their first varsity win together as a doubles team against Belleville West, and after dropping a tough match on Monday evening, Aimee Puz went on to win her next six matches in a row. Next week the Hornets compete against Addison Trail, Lyons Township, and also participate in the Lockport and Naperville North Invitationals.
JV This was a pretty busy week for the Hornet JV tennis team. We had four matches this week and three of them were conference teams. The first was against Downers Grove South which was a pretty tough match up for the conference we lost 0-7 all the girls played hard and we came back on Tuesday to play Willowbrook where we won 7-0. On Thursday we played another conference match against Morton. We lost by one single team point the match ended up in a 3-4 score. This week's spotlight goes to Maleah Williams who had an awesome math for second singles she had some really great strokes and her A game was definitely brought this week. The other spotlight goes to Sammy Jo Lueg, this was Sammy Jo's first time playing a singles match it happen to be at conference one but she proved that she can be a great singles player she won her match in the third set. Her determination to win showed while she was played she returned dime tough shots and got some amazing volleys in. We face Addison Trail this up coming week. With just two more weeks left of the season and one more conference match up before the conference tournament the girls are super amped and looking forward to conference.
Week of September 14th
Varsity This week the Girls Tennis Team started conference play and saw a 6-1 win over Leyden on Monday and a 7-0 win over Proviso East on Tuesday. On Thursday the girls squared off against a tough Downers Grove South team that was postponed to Monday because of weather. On Saturday the team placed 4th in an 8 team tournament after beating Moline 5-0 in the first round, and then falling to both Loyola Academy and Edwardsville 0-5. The tough competition and early tournament success should give the hornets the experience and confidence they need to take care of business versus DGS on Monday as they look to win their first conference title since 2012. Sophomore Mouna Chahin continues to impress at the 4th doubles position alongside partner Giedre Motuzyte.
JV This week was a great week in Tennis for our Jv Hornet Tennis team. Started the week out playing Leyden on Monday where we were defeated 5-2. Our girls showed some great improvements and they also showed they were determined to play their hardest. On Tuesday we played Proviso East at home and we won 7-0. This was another great opportunity for the girls get a chance to play against another conference team and get a feel of what we have to look forward to for conference. Thursday's game against Downers Grove South was eventually cancelled due to harsh weather. We also played a game against Bolingbrook on Saturday where I only to 5 players and they all did and amazing job we won 4-0. Some of my shining stars for the week were Abigail M, Carly and Bethany and Maleah these ladies truly showed what it means to leave it all on the court. The improvement of their shots made them really stand out this week.
Week of September 7th
Varsity Due to inclement weather, the Girls Tennis Team saw limited action this week. On Saturday the girls participated in the Hinsdale Central Invite, where they squared off against Hinsdale Central (L 0-5), Fenwick (L 1-4), and Whitney Young (L 0-5). After a tough weekend the girls look to rebound as conference play starts this week with matches against Leyden, Proviso East, and conference rival Downers Grove South. On Saturday they will play in the loaded Loyola Academy Invite where they return after not participating last year.
Week of August 31st
Varsity This proved to be an action packed week for the girls’ tennis team. On Wednesday the Hornets took on DGN and won 4-3 with an inspiring performance from Rachel Hofstetter at the third singles position. Moana Chahin and Giedre Motuzyte also anchored the Hornets at the fourth doubles position helping give the Hornets the win. On Thursday the girls squared off versus Nazareth Academy and fell 2-5, but saw a great comeback win for the first doubles team of Sarah Puz and Natalie Axelrod. Saturday was the first time the Hornets have participated in the DGS 16 team “team” tournament, and placed 14th after going 1-3 on the day. After falling to Neuqua Valley 0-5, and Lincoln-Way East 2-3, the Hornets put away Rosary 4-1. The Rosary match saw some great play from the third doubles team of Anisha and Shalini Atluri and freshman second singles player Aimee Puz. In their final match of the day, the Hornets fell to conference rival DGS 2-3, with competitive matches across the board. The second doubles team of Cristina Candel and Jacquelyn Cameli upset a tough DGS doubles team. The day ultimately provided much need match play experience as the Hornets look to take on Leyden and Lemont this week, and a host of strong teams at the Hinsdale Central Invite this coming weekend.
JV This week added two more tough matches under our belt for the season. The first on Wednesday against Downers Grove North and another on Thursday against Nazareth. Although we did not win those matches I saw some really great things from a few of the girls. Freshman Taylor Johnson played for us at first singles against Nazareth, she played very hard, she had some great hits. I was also pleased with the way she worked the court and knew where the ball was going and was ready to return almost anything. Also Senior Rachel Davis stepped up her game has evolved a great deal she did a great moving around the court returning some tough shots. Next week we play our first conference match up against Leyden on Tuesday, September 8th, and we also play a non conference game against Lemont on Thursday, September 10th.
Week of August 24th
Varsity This week the Girls Tennis team squared off against a strong Glenbard West squad in a 4 singles, 4 doubles format, and fell 0-8. Several players saw their first action of the season, including the doubles team of Kiana Horvath and Giedre Motuzyte, which suffered a close loss at the fourth doubles position. Sophomore Rachel Hofstetter again played first singles against the senior Caroline Maltby from Glenbard West and continued to impress. Ultimately on both the singles and doubles courts the Hornets have some things to clean up, both technically and strategically before conference and sectional play picks up. The Hornet BBQ Quad on Saturday was cancelled due to weather. This coming week the girls will face off against competitive Downers Grove North and Nazareth teams, and will head to DGS on Saturday for their 16 team tournament, the first time they’ve participated in the event.
JV This was a successful week of Tennis, the girls have been steadily improving on their strokes and their game. This week we hosted our first match of the season against the Glenbard West Hilltoppers. It was a tough competition and we had a couple really good matches that I want to shine the spotlight on. Our first and second doubles teams played two really intense matches. Our first doubles team made up of Carly Sattler and Mouna Chahin, had a close match with a lot of great hits the game ended after two sets with (4-6) for the first set and (5-7) in the second. Also our second doubles team made up of Bethany Baudhuin and Sammyjo Lueg the girls played an outstanding three set,s winning the first set (6-3) , (4-6) for the second set and playing a fierce third set for the tie break with Glenbard coming out on top (5-7). I girls are continuing to build confidence and character both on and off the court. They are looking forward to another good week of Tennis. The JV will host DGN on Wednesday as well as Nazareth on Friday.
Week of August 17th
Varsity Well the first full week of the season has come and gone, and after a great week of practice, varsity participated in their first invitational of the season. The girls traveled to Urbana-Champaign to participate in the 16 team Centennial Invitational which contained some top teams from around the state. The team placed 11th overall. Sophomore Rachel Hofstetter represented the team at first singles and placed 9-12. The second doubles team of Natalie Axelrod (sophomore) and Casey Droske (senior) placed 7-8. Ultimately the team saw some great competition and got some needed experience as they look to begin their conference season and begin facing sectional opponents. This coming week the girls compete against Glenbard West, and take on Hinsdale Central, York, and Neuqua Valley in a home cookout quad.
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