Varsity On Friday of this week the top six players took on nine other schools in the region as part of the IHSA state series (sectionals). With no seeded players, the Hornets had some tough draws, and had no entries qualify for state. Sam Heinking had a nice win in singles, and Sydney Huang and Jada Lunsford had a nice win in doubles, but fell short in subsequent rounds. On the positive side of things, 5 of these 6 players return next season!
Week of October 7th
Varsity This week the top 11 players represented the Hornets at the conference tournament. Though the Hornets hosted, most play took place at Morton High School because of the need for more courts and lights. The Hornets finished 3rd in conference behind some strong DGS and Morton teams, but had a few surprise performances! Sydney Huang and Jada Lunsford took 2nd place at the first doubles position, and Nina Pierce and Devin Hurley took 3rd place at the fourth doubles position (which as seniors is the first time they played at the varsity level for conference). Next up, the state series!
Week of September 30th
Varsity This was an exciting week for the girls tennis team! They took on Willowbrook on Tuesday night and escaped with a 4-3 win. Four of the seven matches went to either a second set tiebreaker or a third set, and the Hornets won all four! While the girls played well up and down the lineup, the first doubles team of Jada Lunsford and Courtney Kaplan had a terrific come from behind win to help the Hornets take home the win. Over the weekend the girls took on some tough teams in Minooka, Providence, Plainfield Central, Lincoln Way West, and Lockport. They went 2-3 over the course of Friday and Saturday though! Up next, a week a full of practice before hosting the conference tournament.
Week of September 23rd
Varsity This week was a tough week for the Hornet Tennis team. After defeating a short staffed Proviso East team 4-0, they fell to conference rival Downers Grove South 1-6. Senior captain Sydney Huang got the sole win for the team at the third singles position. 2nd, 3rd, and 4th doubles all fought down the stretch, but fell in either close 2nd sets or 3rd set tie-breakers. Down now 2 points to the Mustangs in the conference standings, the Hornets will look to get back to work versus Willowbrook next week in order to keep the conference race close.
Week of September 16th
Varsity This week the Hornets took on Leyden and won 6-1, putting them at 2-1 in conference play thus far. On Wednesday they headed out to Metea Valley to take on a tough squad. Though the Hornets lost 0-7, they saw stellar play at the 3rd singles position (behind Sydney Huang) and also their third doubles team (Rayva V and Marina M). This weekend they beat the weather and took on WWS, Loyola Academy, and Glenbrook South. Their only win of the day came way of a 2nd doubles match against WWS. Jada Lunsford and Courtney Kaplan emerged victorious after a tight two set match.
Week of September 9th
Varsity The Hornets started conference play this week. They suffered a tough loss to Morton (3-4) that they intend to avenge later in the season at the conference tournament. Against Addison Trail two days later, the Hornets got right back to work and won 6-1 over a tough AT team. The Hornets dominated up and down the lineup with their only loss coming down to a close third set tiebreaker. Though the Hornets were a little outmatched this weekend, they played some stellar tennis against Fenwick, Naperville North, and perennial powerhouse Hinsdale Central.
JV Tennis team had a successful week. Morton we won 7-0, Addison Trail we won 6-1 and the West Aurora Quad missing 5 players because of ACT testing. We brought up 2 players from JV 2 and other JV 1 players stepped up and the team placed 1ST!
Week of September 2nd
Varsity This week the Hornets found that their hard work is beginning to pay off. Though they ran into a tough DGN squad this Wednesday, they were able to rebound with some stellar play this weekend in Edwardsville, IL where they competed in the largest tournament in the state. They ran into a tough New Trier squad in the first round, and then fought back hard against O’Fallon before finding themselves locked in some competitive matches with Maine South. Of note was the stellar singles play of Rayva Verma, who also has been a nice addition to the doubles lineup recently. This week the Hornets start conference play before competing against Hinsdale Central, Fenwick, and Naperville North this coming weekend.
Week of August 26th
Varsity This weekend the girls tennis team hosted their home cookout quad with Hinsdale Central, Neuqua Valley, and York. These three teams represent some of the best in the area and state. The Hornets played some great tennis, but found themselves a bit outmatched at times. Players rotated at the singles and doubles positions to get some needed practice in. The team found some great success on the doubles side of things employing some new strategies that they’ve been working on in practice.
JV It was a tough start to the season for the JV Hornet Tennis team this week, The Hornets played a very experienced Naperville North squad on Tuesday and went down to defeat 7-0 in a Voldemort-like contest.
It was a much more successful Saturday, August 31st at the York Quad where the Hornets finished second overall. Led by Nina Pierce and Devin Hurley (3-0) at second doubles, Urte Zakarauskas and Brook Albert (2-1) at third doubles, and Ingrid Soare and Gracie Wilcox(2-1) at 4th doubles, the Hornets had their highest finish ever, defeating Palatine 4-2, Stagg 4-2, and losing to eventual champion York 1-5.
The Hornets open up conference the week of September 9th. They will be at Morton on Tuesday and continue conference play home against Addison Trail on Thursday.
Week of August 19th
Varsity This weekend the girls tennis team traveled down to Urbana-Champaign to take on teams from all across the state. Jada L and Rachel S represented the team in singles, while Sam H/ Greta V and Sydney H/ Courtney K represented the team in doubles. Sam and Greta pulled down a nice win at the first doubles position, and while the overall match results didn’t indicate it, the girls played some great tennis to kick off what will no doubt be an awesome season!
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