Varsity This weekend Chase Metcalf entered the IHSA State Final as a 9-16 seed, and after tremendous play across all three days, finished in seventh place. She went 2-1 on day one of state, losing to a tough player from New Trier in the third round. On day two she battled through three tough matches, knocking off a 3/4 seed in the final match of the day to secure her spot as an all-state player. Chase is the first female tennis player to do so in 16 years. On Saturday she had a rematch versus New Trier, and though she fought admirably through injury, ultimately fell. Chase went 5-2 over these three days and her performance alone allowed Hinsdale South as a team to finish in 17th place.
Week of October 11th
Varsity This week the Hornet Tennis team competed in the IHSA sectional against teams like Hinsdale Central, Lyons Township, Downers Grove North, and Downers Grove South. Competing in singles was Chase Metcalf and Jeanette Krstev, and in doubles were the teams of Courtney Kaplan/ Rachele Cameli and Gabby Alcantara/ Arya Selvaraj. The team battled hard on Friday, and put up enough team points to take second place in the sectional behind Hinsdale Central. Chase Metcalf was the lone qualifier for the state finals and took 3rd place.
Week of October 4th
Varsity This was a good week for Hornet Tennis. On Monday the Hornets took on a nice team from HF and pulled out a 5-3 win.
Over the weekend they competed in the conference tournament and took second place as a team. Chase Metcalf won the 1st singles draw and Courntey Kaplan and Rachele Cameli won the 1st doubles draw. Molly Savage (3rd singles), Arya Selvaraj/ Gabby Alcantara (2nd doubles), and Tessa Frank/ Edie Mitchell (4th doubles) all finished second to take home all-conference honors. Up next... the IHSA state series!
Week of September 27th
Varsity This was a tough week for the Hornets as they fell 2-5 to conference rival DGS on Tuesday. The Mustangs played some great tennis, and the Hornets will have their work cut out for them heading into the conference tournament.
On Thursday they played powerhouse Benet Academy and fell 1-8 with the sole win captured by Chase Metcalf at the #1 singles position.
Over the weekend the Hornets rebounded and went 3-1 as a team at the Lockport Invite with wins over Lincoln-Way West, Lockport, and Plainfield South. This week the Hornets take on HF on Monday before heading back to the practice courts in preparation for the conference tournament.
JV2 Hinsdale’s JV2 tennis team began their final week with a match against Lockport on Monday. The ladies would play two rounds of all doubles action, showcasing excellent doubles play across the roster. Aseel Jarad and Sarrah Handlawala held down the third doubles position with a score of 8-7, winning 7-5 in a tiebreaker. Though they were the lone winners of the first round, other doubles teams displayed great doubles play such as Veanka Francisco and Claire Camden, who lost in a tight set 6-8 at second doubles. Lailah Moss and Marianna Alvarez also played well at the fifth doubles position, losing a close contest 7-8, with a score of 3-7 in a tiebreaker. They would then play a second round where Francisco and Camden would come out on top this time with a score of 6 games to 4.
Tuesday would then see the ladies travel to Downers Grove South to play against their conference rival. With some JV1 ladies coming down to play with JV2, the Hornets would start off strong across the board of matches but would however go on to lose against Downers South with a total score of 4-5. After this match, the JV2 Hornets would return for their final practice of the season on Wednesday before welcoming Benet to Hinsdale on Thursday. The team would unfortunately go on to fall in this match against Benet, however all of the girls showed extreme improvement from the beginning of the season in their play.
The Hornets final match would see them once again face off against Hinsdale Central. Once again some JV1 players came down to even out numbers and allow the possibility for multiple rounds of matches. While all of the ladies fought hard in this match, the Hornets would fall with a score of 0-10. Though they lost, the ladies played at a much higher level than in their previous meeting with Central, getting more individual games in each match. With the conclusion of this match, the JV2 girls tennis team would be finished for the season. Even through defeat, the ladies all seem energized and looking to get better for next season.
Week of September 20th
Varsity This was a pretty light week for the Hornets. On Thursday we took on Proviso East and won 7-0 to stay undefeated in conference.
On Saturday we participated in the Lincoln-Way West Invite and placed 4th as a team with solid performances across all competing positions. Chase Metcalf took 2nd place in the 1st singles bracket, while the doubles team of Cameli and Kaplan took 2nd in the 1st doubles bracket. Next week the Hornets take on DGS and Benet Academy before competing in the Lockport 32 team on Friday and Saturday.
JV2 After rain caused the Hornets practice to be cancelled on Monday, the ladies would travel to Nequa Valley on Tuesday afternoon. The ladies would go on to fall in this matchup, losing in all five doubles positions before heading home to the practice courts to gear up for their match with Hinsdale Central. Thursday would come around with the girls travelling to face their crosstown rival in a day of all doubles action. The Hornets would unfortunately fall short in this match with Central, losing 0-5.
Saturday would see the Hornets travel to once again face off with New Trier. They would play in college format, playing both singles and doubles to give everyone a chance at new ways of play. Though the ladies played and competed well in this contest, they would fall with a score of 0-4 in doubles and 0-8 in singles play. Though the Hornets lost several matches this week, improvement in their play is being seen, and will be built upon more for the next week, their final week of play.
Week of September 13th
Varsity This was a great week for the Hornet Tennis team. The team went 3-0 in conference matches with wins against Addison Trail (5-2), Willowbrook (5-2), and Leyden (7-0).
On Saturday the team participated in the Lockport Invite and had some JV1 players move up in the lineup to contribute in a big way. Our singles players of Arya Selvaraj, Gabby Alcantara, Eva Bargher, and Ava Chamberlain went a combined 3-9 on the day, but Eva and Ava both got their first varsity wins of their high school careers. The doubles team of Gracie Wilcox and Tian Schulte went 2-2, which was good enough for a 6th place finish. Makena Camden and Edie Mitchell went 2-2 and took 9th place. The doubles team of Gabby Brukasz and Nikki Wu posted a solid first round win in the top doubles flight. Rachele Cameli and Courtney Kaplan went 4-0 on the day and won the 16 team doubles draw with a great come from behind win versus Walter Payton Prep in the finals.
JV2 The JV2 tennis team had a week full of matches, kicking it off with a match against Naperville North. Though playing hard and competitively, the Hornets would go on to lose this match. Tuesday and Wednesday would see the Hornets welcome Willowbrook and Addison Trail back to back. JV2 wound up not playing against the Willowbrook squad however they came back out the following day to play against Addison trail. Many tough matches were had, including Veanka Francisco and Julia Zborowska playing 1 doubles and winning 6-4, with 1 singles being held down by Sarrah Handlawala with a score of 6-4 as well, the Hornets came through victorious in this conference matchup. Following this match would have the Hornets take a trip to Leyden West for another conference match. Unfortunately, the Hornets would go on to tie in this matchup, with clutch doubles play from Claire Camden and Alex Styczynski who won in a tiebreaker to give the Hornets the tie with Leyden.
After this match, the Hornets would take Friday off before playing early Saturday morning against Stevenson high school. The Hornets would play Stevenson twice, unfortunately falling in both match-ups. This next week the Hornets face off with Nequa Valley on Tuesday followed by a match with Hinsdale Central on Thursday, both being away matches.
Week of September 6th
Varsity This was a pretty light week for the Hornet Tennis team with only a match on Thursday and Saturday. On Thursday the Hornets took on Morton and won 7-0 led by first singles player Rachele Cameli and the first doubles team of Courtney Kaplan and Tessa Frank. Across all 7 positions, only 13 games were dropped by the Hornets.
On Saturday the Hornets took on some tougher competition at the Red Devil Invite, and went 0-3 on the day after losses to Rockford-Auburn, Fenwick, and LT. Nikki Wu and Gabby Brukasz posted a solid 3,2 win at the 3rd doubles position against Rockford-Auburn early in the day, and suggests this doubles team has a bright future ahead of them. This will be a busy next week for the Hornets with four matches in six days.
Week of August 30th
Varsity This was a busy week for the Hornet Tennis team! On Tuesday the varsity squad took on LT and fell 1-7, with the sole win coming at the first singles position (Chase Metcalf).
On Wednesday they hit the courts again to take on DGN and fell 2-6, after some really close matches across all positions.
Saturday was abbreviated because of poor early morning weather, but the Hornets had a chance to take on York, Geneva, and Naperville Central. Despite only winning 5 of 17 matches played on Saturday, the Hornets played some of their best tennis of the season against some great competition. The Hornets start conference play this week against Willowbrook and Morton.
JV2 The Girls JV2 squad had many matches to speak of this week. Following a quality practice on Monday, the Hornets took on Lions Township in a dual meet on Tuesday. While the Hornets did . Following this was a meet with Downers Grove North on Wednesday, the first back to back match for the team this season. The team would go on to lose 2-4, with team members Alex Styczynski and Gabby Phelps, along with Sarrah Handlawala and Gali Marquez coming out victorious against the Trojans in doubles action. After this match would see the team head back to the practice courts to gear up for the Hornet Quad on Saturday. The team would face off with Geneva, Nazareth Academy, and New Trier in a round robin format. Though the Hornets did fall in all three matches with a score of 0-5, all of the players showed improved play throughout the long day of tennis.
After the long weekend, the Hornets will hit the courts with their Conference season opener against Willowbrook high school at home on Tuesday. Hinsdale will then follow that match up with another practice before travelling to Morton high school on Thursday.
Week of August 23rd
Varsity In just the third week of the season, the Girls Tennis team is already playing some terrific tennis. This week the Hornets took on Naperville Central on Tuesday, and though fell 2-5, had some terrific wins at the first singles (Chase Metcalf), and first doubles (Courtney Kaplan and Rachele Cameli) positions.
Over the weekend they hosted a quad which saw some of the top competition in the state in teams Hinsdale Central, Whitney Young, and Lyons Township. Though the Hornets went 0-3 on the day, there were some great individual successes. The doubles team of Gabby Alcantara and Arya Selvaraj played a great first match of the day against Whitney Young, falling in a close third set tiebreaker. That same round saw a terrific win by Chase Metcalf who is desirous of the first tennis state title in school history. Later in the day versus Hinsdale Central, Gabby Brukasz stepped up to play second singles in her first varsity singles match of her career, and Nikki Wu and Avni Verma paired up for the first time this season to get some valuable experience against a top team at the third doubles position. This coming week the team takes on LT, DGN, and heads to the ever tough DGS 16 team invite.
JV2 The JV2 Girls Tennis team started off their season away in a face off with Naperville Central. The Hornets would unfortunately go on to fall with a score of 1-8 in favor of Naperville Central. The lone Hornets victory would be made possible due to stellar play from the number one doubles team of Julia Zborowska and Veanka Francisco, with an excellent score of 8-5. Even though losing a tough first match overall, the team remains optimistic for the future of the season. For many of the girls, including Freshman Lola Katzel at the second singles position, and the Junior doubles team of Haniya Muqtadar and Aseel Jarad, this was their first ever official tennis match, with many more to come. This definitely acted as a good way to get the first match nerves squashed and put away.
The next week will be a busy one as the Hornets practice followed by back to back matches, beginning with Lions Township on Tuesday August 31st, followed by a match against Downers Grove North on Wednesday September 1st, both being away matches for Hinsdale South. These all lead up to the Hornet Quad on Saturday, where the team is looking to make a strong statement in the upcoming home event.
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