Varsity This week the Girls’ Tennis team competed in the IHSA State Finals. Agata and Marta Mikos both played terrific tennis to finish top 12 and top 16 in the state in the singles draw. The doubles team of Sylwia Mikos and Aimee Puz also finished top 12 after a thrilling come from behind win in the round of 16 versus St. Charles North. Their combined efforts resulted in a 5th place finish, which constitutes the 2nd best finish for the Hornets in the last 45 years (the Hornets finished 2nd in 2003). Way to go ladies! What a great finish to the season!
Week of October 9th
Varsity This was a great week for Girls’ Tennis. On Friday and Saturday the Hornets competed up against some of the top players in the state at the IHSA sectionals. The Hornets took second place behind sister school Central, and had three entries qualify. Agata Mikos (2nd place) and Marta Mikos (3rd place) qualified in singles, and Aimee Puz/ Sylwia Mikos (2nd place) qualified in doubles. Despite this second place finish, the Hornets found themselves on a court across from Central on many occasions, and had a 4-1 record against them in match play, leaving many spectators to wonder who the better team was. This week the Hornets gear up for the IHSA state tournament that will be played Thursday through Saturday.
Week of October 2nd
Varsity This was a terrific week for the Hornet Tennis program! After some great days of practice fine tuning some skills, the Hornets finished 2nd in conference. Congrats to conference rival DGS who finished 1st across all 7 playing positions (a feat not completed in over 20 years), and their conference championship. All conference players from Hinsdale South include Samantha Heinking (3rd place – 3rd singles), Mouna Chahin and Carly Sattler (2nd place – 1st doubles), Sydney Puz and Rachel Hofstetter (2nd place - 2nd doubles), and Taylor Johnson and Bethany Baudhuin (2nd place – 3rd doubles). The Hornets now look ahead to the state series, where they will be represented by Agata Mikos and Aimee Puz who will be playing singles, and Sylwia Mikos/ Marta Mikos and Carly Sattler/ Mouna Chahin, who will be playing doubles. Sectionals is this Friday at Lyons Township. Come on out to support!
JV1 Tennis is a funny sport. It's an individual sport that adds up to be a team sport. And it took a team effort for the Hornets to dominate the WSC Gold Tournament on 10/8/17 at Morton West. On a day that looked rainy and questionable, the Hornets won 4 positions en route to a Conference Tournament Title and an overall Conference Championship!
Isabella Botero was forced into action at first singles after spending much of the season playing second and third singles but still was able to secure a 3rd place finish to earn 4 points. Devin Hurley stepped into her first JV singles matches of the year and emerged as the conference tournament champion at 3rd singles! Natalia Kurnyta and Kayla Ramos, a beginner at the start of the year, cruised to a title at 2nd doubles. Stalwarts Maggie Chobrak and Sabrina Coffey secured the 6 points with their title at 3rd doubles, and in their first matches of the year, Erin Haney and Racquel Blumstein won the 4th doubles title.
Congratulations to all of the girls on their conference title, and a special thank you to all of you for working hard, playing fairly, and stepping up when needed to help the team secure what will hopefully be the first of many conference championships.
JV2 This last week of the season consisted of a lot of practice as well as rain. But we were able to make it out to a quad Tuesday night at Waubonsie Valley. The other two schools at this quad were Neuqua Valley and St. Charles. Against Neuqua we won 4-2, we won 5-1 against Waubonsie Valley, and continued the winning streak against St. Charles 3-2. The chemistry on the court between Kayla and Natalia at first doubles was striking. They played very well together, and killed it in their last game against St Charles with a 6-1 win.
Week of September 25th
Varsity This was the busiest week in memory for the Girls’ Tennis team here at South. Monday the team traveled to Stevenson where they played a tough squad poised for a state championship and fell 0-8. They played conference foe Morton at home on Tuesday and won 5-2, and then were back on the road heading up to Highland Park on Wednesday (L 1-8). Thursday the Hornets beat Willowbrook 5-2, which caps off their conference season and leaves them undefeated for the second year in a row!!! They then participated in Lockport’s two day tourney where they finished in 16th place out of 32 teams with a 1-4 record. This week the Hornets get a chance to recover a bit with 4 days of practice before entering the conference tournament on Friday and Saturday.
JV1 It was a busy week for the JV Girls tennis team as the young Hornets played 4 matches.
On Monday, the JV team traveled to Lockport and dismantled Lockport 6-1 on a very hot day. In a match that consisted of 7 doubles matches, the Hornets won 6 first sets en route to the victory. Egle Markus and Maureen Christofaro, Natalia Kurnyta and Erin Sheehan, and Maggie Chobrak and Sabrina Coffey led the way with leadership and straight set victories.
Tuesday the 26th proved to be the pivotal conference match of the season, and the Hornets rolled into Morton West and thrashed the host school 7-0 to all but secure the WSC Gold conference title. SammyJo Lueg, Samantha Heinking, and Kayla Ramos took care of business at 1st, 2nd, and 3rd singles respectively, and Egle and Maureen, Natalia and Erin, Maggie and Sabrina, and Devin Hurley and Nina Pierce swept the doubles positions and 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th doubles.
We won't discuss what happened at Neuqua Valley on Wednesday the 27th under windy and blustery conditions in an 0-7 loss.
Thursday the 27th saw the Hornets bring the conference regular season to a close with a 5-2 victory over Willowbrook. All of the usual suspects won their positions to give the Hornets in a nearly insurmountable lead heading into conference next Saturday the 8th. JV2 JV2 played at the West Aurora Quad for the last Saturday of the season before conference. At this quad the team faced Bartlett, Joliet Catholic, and West Aurora with a format of 2 singles and 3 doubles. Against Bartlett the team took a win of 4-1, we took a loss of 1-4 against Joliet Catholic, and a loss of 2-3 against West Aurora. Taking 3rd place overall in the quad. It was very exciting to see Jada Lunsorre play singles for the first time in the entire season and win all three matches this Saturday.
Week of September 18th
Varsity This was a terrific week for the Hornets! On Tuesday they played DGS and play was suspended because of darkness tied 3-3. On Wednesday 3rd singles had to play out a third set, and Carly Sattler got the win (6-4), and helped the Hornets to an overall 4-3 team win. On Thursday HS squared off against Glenbard West and tied 2-2, then headed down to Edwardsville to compete against Belleville West, Belleville East, Althoff Catholic, and O’Fallon. Despite dropping all 4 duals, the girls played great in some brutal conditions. This week will be a busy one for the Hornets as they have matches the next six days against Stevenson, Willowbrook, Highland Park, Morton, and then participate in the two day Lockport Tournament. Should be fun!
JV1 The JV Girls Tennis team played some of their best tennis of the year in what was arguable the most important week of the season.
The week started of roughly at LT on Monday with a 0-7 loss at the hands of a very powerful Lions squad. The girls played very strong tennis, which was a great sign of things to come.
On Tuesday, 9/19, the young Hornets trounced the Mustangs of Downers Grove South 6-1 in a dual match at DGS. There was palpable excitement and energy that swept across the courts as the Hornets took firm control of the WSC Gold division. Isa Botero and Samantha Heinking took care of business in straight sets at 2nd and 3rd singles. Maureen Christofaro and Egle Markus came back from a set down to win in three close sets at 1st doubles, while Natalia Kurnyta and Erin Sheehan were the first off the courts at 2nd doubles, winning in straight sets. The freshmen duo of Greta and Jada cruised at third doubles, and Maggie and Sabrina won the final 7 games to dismiss their opponents at 4th doubles.
The Hornets currently stand at 4-0 in conference with an overall match record of 26-2. This week will be the most important week with conference matches on Tuesday at Morton and home against Willowbrook on Thursday. The JV will also be in action at Lockport on Monday and home against Neuqua Valley on Wednesday.
Week of September 11th
Varsity This week the Girls’ Tennis team headed up to Winnetka to take on New Trier. They got a huge win at the first singles position (Agata Mikos), and while many of the other matches were competitive, the Hornets came up a bit short across the board, falling 1-8. Thursday the Hornets defeated Proviso East 6-1 to stay undefeated in conference play. Saturday marked one of the most successful days the Girls’ Tennis team has seen in several years. Though the Hornets fell to Hinsdale Central, they defeated Lyons Township and Edwardsville (3-2 for both matches). The team was anchored by the Mikos sisters and Aimee Puz, but showed depth with Chahin, Sattler, S. Puz, Hofstetter, and LoConte. This week we square off against LT, DGS, GW, and then head down to Edwardsville to take on some top competition from down state.
JV1 The JV Hornet tennis team had a busy week this week, beginning with a 3-4 loss to Joliet West on Monday. But things turned around quickly on Wednesday as the Hornets bounced back with a 5-2 win over Plainfield Central. The Hornets were led by Samantha Heinking and Kayla Ramos, both recording straight set victories at 2nd and 3rd singles respectively.
The most important match of the week was on Thursday vs. Proviso East where the Hornets went 7-0 to maintain their lead atop the WSB Gold Conference standings. The Hornets swept Proviso 7-0, barely dropping any games, to bring their overall conference match record to 3-0, 20-1 in individual matches.
The Hornets most important match of the season will be this Tuesday, 9/19 at Downers Grove South, a match that will most likely determine the outcome of the conference season. The Hornets will tune up for the mustangs with a match at LT on Monday, 9/18.
JV2 Starting the week off strong with a dual against Joliet West, JV2 won 6-1. Continuing the winning streak through the week, the team won 5-2 against Plainfield. Playing an incredibly close game, but coming in with the win was Isabella Botero at first singles, winning her first set 7-4, losing her second set 4-6, and winning the overall match with a tie break of 12-10. Playing an interesting format on Saturday against Bolingbrook, all the girls were given a chance to play singles as well as doubles. Bringing in a win of 15-1 for total score.
Week of September 4th
Varsity This was an up and down week for the Hornets, who went 2-3 in match play. They beat Addison Trail and Leyden 6-1 each this week, but lost to Hinsdale Central (0-5), LT (0-5), and Fenwick (2-3) in an invite hosted by Hinsdale Central. Missing several players throughout the week both hurt and helped the Hornets as many players got to play up in the lineup for some valuable experience, but single match losses to Leyden and Addison Trail puts the Hornets behind DGS in conference play in their hunt for a conference championship. This coming week the Hornets play New Trier and Proviso East and then split their squad to head to Loyola and LT over the weekend in what is sure to be some tough competition.
JV1 The JV Hornet tennis team opened the conference season this week with a 7-0 thrashing of Addison Trail on Tuesday at home. Sammyjo Lueg, Samantha Heinking, and Kayla Ramos too care of business at 1st, 2nd, and 3rd singles respectively, and the doubles teams of Erin Sheehan and Natalia Kurnyta, Jada Lunsorre and Greta Vaitulevicus, Sabrina Coffee and Maggie Chobrak, and Zoe Lagesse and Isabella Botero all cruised to straight set victories.
It was more of the same on Thursday, 9/7 at Leyden H.S., with the hornets winning 6 of the 7 matches. Jada Lunsorre and Greta Vaitulevicus had a remarkable comeback after dropping the first set 2-6 en route to a 2-6, 6-1, 6-1 victory at 2nd doubles.
The Hornets currently sit atop the WSC Gold JV division and will look to keep the wins coming this week against Joliet West, Plainfield Central, and a conference matchup with Proviso East on Thursday, all matches at home.
JV2 Playing home Wednesday this week against York, the team played 12 doubles matches. We took a loss of 1-11. Winning their match with a comeback were Heather Curin and Sydney Puz, they lost their first set 3-6, won their second set 6-4, and won the tie breaker 10-8.
Week of August 28th
Varsity This was a light week for the Girl’s Tennis Team who took on DGN on Wednesday after being rained out versus Glenbard West on Monday. This dual has been tightly contested over the past several seasons, but this marks the greatest victory for the Hornets since 2012. All singles positions won as well as the top two doubles spots. The Hornets proved to be too tough up top, and this will be a common theme this season. The Hornets did not have a match this weekend, and used the time to hit the practice court in preparation for their first week of conference play. Up next: Addison Trail, Leyden, and Hinsdale Central’s 8 Team Tourney.
JV2 JV 2 kicked the week off with a game against Downers Grove North. The team played 1 singles match and 5 doubles matches, and lost 1-5. Bringing in the win for this match would be Rachel Sitasz and Stephani Ogbuehi with an awesome score of 6-0.
Later in the week we set off to play Nazareth Academy on their courts. Unfortunately taking another loss this week, with a total score of 1-7 as a team. Bringing in the win for this game would be Isabella Botero and Nina Pierce. Although we took an overall loss, we had a few girls play different positions for the first time and do very well. One of them being Kayla Ramos at number 2 singles. Although Kayla lost this game, she did a fantastic job on her first singles match of the season.
Week of August 21st
Varsity This week the Girls’ Tennis Team had some great practices gearing up for their cookout quad versus some top teams in the area. They squared off against Neuqua Valley winning 4-1, and then beat York 3-2. In what was the most exciting match of the day, and an early season preview of some of the top teams in the state, South took on reigning state champion Hinsdale Central. South prevailed at the 1st and 2nd singles positions, and dropped 2nd and 3rd doubles. In what proved to be the decisive match, the Hornets lost at the 1st doubles position 3-6, 6-4, 9-11 against a tough Central duo. Truly an exciting start to the season!!! Thank you to all the parents who helped make the event a great day! It’s always great to have NV, York, and Central come out too! This week we take on a tough Glenbard West team and Downers Grove North.
JV1 The JV Hornet tennis team opened the season on Monday with a very tough match against a talented Naperville North squad. The hornets lost the first match 8-1. Earning the lone victory for the hornets was Taylor Johnson and Bethany Baudhuin (6-2, 6-4) were the sole victors at one doubles.
It was a much better outcome for the hornets on Saturday, the 26th at the York quad. The hornets finished 2nd place overall by winning 2 out of 3 matches.
The day started on the right foot with a 4-2 victory over Stagg High School. It was all four doubles teams carrying the load as Taylor and Bethany won first doubles (6-1, 6-4), Maureen Christofaro and Egle Markus won 2nd doubles (6-0, 6-1), SammyJo Lueg and Natalia Kurnyta won 3rd doubles (6-1, 6-3) and freshmen Jada Lunsorre and Greta Vaitulevicus won 4th doubles (6-0, 6-0).
Things only got better for the hornets in the second match of the day vs. Palatine. The hornets swept palatine at all positions en route to a 6-0 victory.
Unfortunately the momentum couldn't continue against a very deep York team, as the hornets lost 5-1. Taylor and Bethany were the lone victors at 1 doubles, beating a very good York team 10-8 in the third set.
The Hornets will be back in action this week with matches against Glenbard West, DGN, and Nazareth academy.
JV2 Hinsdale South's JV2 tennis team began the week with a match against Naperville North. We played 1 singles match and 6 doubles matches, unfortunately losing 0-7.
After a lot of practice we started our weekend off at Lockport East against three other schools. We played against Benet, St. Ignatius, and Lockport. They were also strong competitors and we lost 0-5 to all of them, in 5 doubles matches.
Although it was a tough week of matches, the girls made tremendous improvements from our game on Tuesday to our quad on Saturday. Two of our games came in very close. Isabella Botero and Samantha Heinking, second doubles, losing in a tie breaker (7-10) against Lockport. And Nina Pierce and Kayla Ramos, 3rd doubles, losing as well in a tie breaker (8-10) against Lockport.
We will continue doing our best as we play against more schools this coming up week. The first match will be against Glenbard West!
Week of August 14th
Varsity This week marked the first competition for the Girls’ Tennis Team. The Hornets traveled to Urbana-Champaign to play at the U of I Atkins Tennis Center to square off against some top teams from across the state. The Hornets placed 9th out of 16 teams in the event hosted by Centennial High School, which is a great start to what promises to be an exciting season for a team with their eye on a state championship. The Hornets took 5th at the first singles position, and 11th at the second singles and first doubles position. Or particular note are newcomers to the varsity team Brigid LoConte and Sydney Puz who placed 4th place at second doubles. This squad is proving from the onset of the season to be both extremely talented at the top of their lineup and one of the deepest teams in recent years. GO HORNETS!
Up Next: Hornets will be squaring off against York, Neaqua Valley, and Hinsdale Central this coming weekend as they look to start the season 3-0 as a team.
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