Varsity This week all teams had a busy week playing three away games. On Tuesday they traveled to Leyden for a WSC conference game. The hornets started out strong jumping out to an early lead. They led all game but the eagles made a strong push at the end of the game to tie up the score. The hornets were able to capture the win coming out strong to finish game one 26-24. In game two the hornets fought hard and were able to capture a win to finish off the night winning 25-22. Sophomore setter Sophia Schiappa had 1 service ace, led the team in assists with 7 and had 2 digs on the night. Freshman Outside Lexi Fedinec also had a night with 4 kills, 3 digs and 1 blocking assist.
Wednesday The Hornets faced a competitive Montini team at Montini Catholic. They started off both games strongly, competing hard for the first 10 points of both matches against the broncos. Ultimately they were not able to capture the win and fell in two behind strong serving from the Broncos with scores of 12-25, 11-25. Junior outside Savannah Morford led the team with 4 kills during the match, and added 3 digs to her nightly totals.
On Thursday they traveled to Providence to play a common 3A opponent. They started out strong behind a string of aggressive serves from senior setter Peyton Wiley. On the night Peyton saw 1 service ace, 5 assists and 2 digs. Game one was a battle that they were not able to close out falling 24-26. In game two the hornets seemed to be in a funk that they could not fight their way out of. They fell in game two 11-25. Next week the hornets host two home games against WSC gold opponent Willowbrook and Lake Park. They will also participate in their last tournament of the season, traveling to Great Lakes Center to participate in the St. Charles East Scholastic Cup.
JV JV did not have any games this week. They will have their last game of the season next week when they host Lake Park on Wednesday at 4:30pm.
Sophomores This week the Hornets (8-7-1, 3-0) down Leyden in conference play 25-21, 25-23.Great serving attack by Kyra Harrison (4 aces) and Sammie Plzak (3 aces). Hitting attack was paced by Claudia Budzak (5 kills), Evelyn Mansker (4 kills) and Annika Nicol (4 kills).
On Wednesday Hinsdale South (9-7-1, 3-0) beat Montini 12-25, 25-23, 25-12.Grace Heaney was all over the court contributing with 2 aces, 2 blocks and 9 kills. Sammie Plzak added 7 kills while Annika Nicol set the table with 12 assists.
When traveling to Providence on Thursday South (9-8-1, 3-0) falls to Providence 15-25, 7-25.Evelyn Mansker lead the team with 2 kills and a solo block kill.
At the Geneva Tournament on Saturday Hinsdale South (10-10-3) faces adversity early, rallies for solid effort in Geneva Tournament. They Split with Wheaton North 25-21, 18-25, split with Grant 23-25, 25-15, Lost to Geneva 22-25, 21-25, Won against St. Edward 21-25, 25-20, 15-10 and Lost to Woodstock 15-25, 18-25 to end the tournament. On the weekend: Evelyn Mansker: 28 kills, 2 aces 2 assists, Sammie Plzak: 18 kills, 14 aces, 1 block, Claudia Budzak: 12 kills, 9 aces, 4 blocks, Grace Heaney: 11 kills, 3 assists, 9 aces, 4 blocks, Mimi Flowers: 5 kills, 5 blocks, Annika Nicol: 10 assists, 1 ace, and Hailey Bishop: 50 assists, 2 aces, 2 blocks.
Freshman A Freshman A finished a tough week with an impressive 3-0 record with wins over Leyden, Montini and Providence. The team also celebrated on Friday with a pizza party after practice for finishing first place in the fundraising competition. The team looks to take this momentum into two important matches next week against Willowbrook and Lake Park. They have an overall record of 15-6.
Freshman B The freshman B team had a tough week of competition but showed grit and fight in every match. Tuesday they fell in three to WSC Gold opponent Leyden with scores of 25-20, 19-25, 10-25. On Wednesday they fought hard against a mostly Freshman A squad at Montini but fell 15-25, 15-25. And on Thursday they played a hard fought battle against Providence but lost in three exciting sets with scores 25-17, 15-25, 22-25. They are excited to continue to improve and compete this coming week when they host Willowbrook on Tuesday, Lake Park on Wednesday and participate in the Hinsdale Central Quad on Saturday.
Week of September 20th
Varsity This week Varsity played their second WSC conference match on Tuesday when they traveled to Morton to play the mustangs. The hornets came out with a strong start and never looked back, they beat the mustangs in 2 with scores of 25-16, 25-16.
On Wednesday the hornets traveled to Glenbard South to play fellow IHSA 3A opponent the Glenbard South Raiders. The hornets jumped out to an early lead and were able to grab a win in game one behind strong serving and scrappy net play winning 25-19. In game two the hornets struggled with serve receive passing and could not close out the win, they fell to the raiders 15-25. Game three was a battle between the hornets and the raiders. The hornets were able to go on a service run halfway through the game and cruised to a victory winning 25-19. Junior middle Erika Radenkovic dominated at the net with strong blocking efforts, scrappy net play and she tallied up 3 kills during the match. Senior middle Abranet Layne also had an impressive game in which during her 14 serve attempts she also saw 5 digs and 1 assist. She added 1 block and 2 kills to her nightly totals. Junior Outside Savannah Morford was the kill leader for the night with 10 kills, 1 service ace, 1 blocking assist and 5 digs. Peyton Wiley showed strong and consistent serving in which she had 13 service attempts, 1 kill off a setter dump, 13 assists and 5 digs. Overall it was an impressive win with a total team effort.
Next week the Hornets have a busy week traveling to Leyden on Tuesday to play a third WSC Gold conference game, traveling to Montini on Wednesday and closing out the week on Thursday to play fellow 3A opponent Providence Catholic. JV JV dominated at the Addison Trail tournament on Saturday going 5-0 to finish first in the tournament and bringing a tournament plaque home to South! JV ends their last tournament in memorable style with a dominant performance by all players. Special shout out to Grace, Noelle, Jane, Hailey, Evelyn, Katarina, Lexi, Kyra, Mia, Keely, Sophia and Annika for a great team effort to stay undefeated in a competitive tournament. Sophomore Hinsdale South (6-7-1) tops Morton on Tuesday with scores 20-25, 25-15, 25-17 to improve to 2-0 in conference play. Sammie Plzak led the serving charge with 10 aces while chipping in 4 kills. Evelyn Mansker led the team with 6 kills. Setters Hailey Bishop (7 assists, 4 aces) and Annika Nicol (9 assists, 3 kills) set the table finding 6 different hitters for kills.
On Wednesday the (7-7-1) Hornets mounted a furious comeback to stun Glenbard South with scores of 25-16, 26-24. After being down by a score of 9-19, Hinsdale South comes all the way back to claim an amazing victory. A well balanced attack was led by Annika Nicol (11 assists, 4 aces, 2 kills), Claudai Budzak (6 kills), Grace Heaney (4 aces), and sammie Plzak (5 kills). Excellent serve receive by Evelyn Mansker, Noelle Waterman and Kyra Harrison kept the Hornets in the game all game allowing for the comeback, Truly a game to be remembered. Freshman A Freshman A rebounded from a tough weekend with 2 wins against Morton and Glenbard South this week, they improve to an overall season record of 12-6 The hornets look to continue their dominant play next week with a jam packed with full of strong competition when they face WSC Gold opponent Leyden on Tuesday, strong 2A opponent Montini Catholic on Wednesday and end out the week with fellow 3A opponent Providence on Thursday.
Freshman B The Freshman B team had a strong week of play going 2-0 against Morton and Glenbard South. They are continually improving their game every week and have improved to an overall record of 5-6. Next week the hornets face strong competition when they travel to Leyden on Tuesday, Montini on Wednesday and Providence on Thursday.
Week of September 13th
Varsity Varsity faced a strong attacking team in the Fenwick Friars on Thursday night. Missing players Maddie Duckhorn and Abby Layne, the team had to make some lineup shifts and adjustments. Sophomore middle Grace Heaney stepped in to help fill that second middle position and saw 4 kills on the night. Freshman outside Lexi Fedinec also notched 4 kills during the match along with 2 digs. Caroline Olchawa led the team in assists with 8 and added 1 dig during the match.
This weekend Varsity participated in their third tournament attending the Glenbard West tournament on Friday and Saturday. The team showed drive and fortitude again playing with a new lineup and missing key starters.
On Friday the hornets fell to a very competitive Fremd team (who won the tournament) with scores 13-25, 22-25. They battled back for their second match and cruised to an easy victory against Glenbard North with scores of 25-15, 25-8.
On Saturday they started off slow in the first game losing to Joliet West 16-25, 20-25. Next they faced Lake Park and still could not come together to close out a win falling 12-25, 14-25. In the last match of the game the team rallied to beat Payton 25-22 and pulled out an impressive second game win 26-24. The team continues to improve and overcome adversity, next week they have their second conference game against Morton and then travel to play fellow 3A opponent Glenbard South on Wednesday. JV JV had a competitive LT quad this week where they stuck with Nequa Valley and LT until the very end of their games. Ultimately, they could not close out and get the win but improved upon team dynamics and staying positive. To finish the night the hornets had a great match against Rosary and pulled off an exciting win. Next week JV travels to Addison Trail for what should be a competitive JV tournament with hopes to beat some top notch WSC gold competition. Sophomore The sophomore hornets (5-7-1) could not hang with the Friars on Thursday night. They fell to a talented Fenwick team with scores of 14-25, 2-25. Evelyn Mansker and Claudia Budzak contriubed 2 kills and 1 block each during the match. The hornets look to rebound next week when they face Morton and Glenbard South. Freshman A The freshman A team had a difficult week as they battled some strong opponents. The Hornets dropped a thrilling 3 set match at Fenwick, and followed it up with a tough showing at the Batavia invite on Saturday. These close matches against steady teams provided the team with some useful experience and energized the team to improve this week and rebound for matches against Morton and Glenbard South. Freshman B Freshman B showed fight in their match against Fenwick on Thursday and at a strong Batavia Invite tournament on Saturday. They continue to want to improve and look forward to future competition next week against Morton and Glenbard South.
Week of September 6th
Varsity The Hornets started out the week with a conference win against Proviso East, cruising to a 25-10, 25-11 victory against the Pirates. Peyton Wiley had 8 assists and 2 digs during the match. Junior middle Erika Radenkovic led the team in kills with 4 kills during the match.
On Wednesday the team traveled to take on Metea Valley for the second time this season. Unfortunately they were not able to close out a win against the Mustangs and ultimately fell 13-25, 15-25 to a competitive Metea Valley team. Junior setter Caroline Olchawa had 3 digs and 6 assists during the match. Outside attacker Maddie Duckhorn had 2 service ace, 2 kills, 1 blocking assist and 2 digs during the match.
On Friday the team traveled to Effingham Illinois to participate in the Crossroads Classic. This highly competitive tournament featured some of the best teams not only in Illinois but also Missouri, Kentucky and surrounding areas. The hornets finished the tournament with a record of 2-3 but gained invaluable team bonding experience during their overnight trip. The hornets also enjoyed the challenge of playing teams with different styles of play and competitive teams not often seen in normal tournament play.
On the weekend libero Cheli Ayala tallied a total of 64 digs, 15 assists, 1 service ace and had a serve receive rating of 2.14. Maddie Duckhorn led the team in kills tallying 35 kills during the tournament and also saw 3 service aces, 3 blocking assists, and 11 digs. Next week the hornets travel to Fenwick on Thursday to see another competitive 3A opponent and then will participate in the Glenbard West tournament for their third tournament of the season.
JV JV played a difficult 3 game match against Metea Valley that challenged them and made them work together. The hornets ultimately fell short in this three game thriller, but enjoyed the opportunity to work together and pinpoint changes for their JV quad next week at Lyons Township. Sophomore The hornets started out the week with their first conference win against the pirates of Proviso East. They jumped out to an early lead and never looked back, winning with scores of 25-11, 25-7. Hinsdale South (2-5, 1-0) came up a little short against Metea Valley on Wednesday with scores of 21-25, 18-25. Evelyn Mansker had a team high 5 kills and 3 aces. Sammie Plzak chipped in with 3 kills and 3 aces. On Saturday the hornets brought home some hardware and finished 2nd at Oak Forest Invite.
Freshman A The freshman A team had a successful week that saw a lot of hard work in practice pay off on the court. The A team recorded wins over Proviso West, Metea Valley, and notched a 2nd place finish at the St. Charles North Invite. The team improved to 10-2 overall, hoping to add to that win tally during another busy upcoming week of matches and tournaments. Freshman B Freshman B started off the week with a win against Proviso East in 2, finishing 25-15, 25-14. Freshman B also played a spirited match vs Metea Valley on Wednesday resulting in a 2 set win. They are continually improving and looking forward to how much better they can become. The team has an overall record of 3-0 currently and is enjoying their success on and off the court.
Week of August 30th
Varsity On Tuesday August 31st, the hornets had their home opener against fellow class 3A opponent De La Salle. The hornets were not able to close out a win falling in three to this competitive team with scores 24-26, 25-17, 25-20. Junior Maddie Duckhorn (while playing out of position in the middle for the match) saw a strong showing while attacking in the middle position and had 8 kills on the night. Junior libero Cheli Ayala passed a 2.0 in serve receive and added 20 digs to her nightly totals for the match along with 1 service ace. Freshman Lexi Fedinec saw action on the outside adding 5 kills, and 1 blocking assist for the evening. For their first week and a half of play the hornets start out the season with a record of 2-4 and look forward to a competitive week of play next week.
JV JV competed in 2 quads this week where they were able to compete against some tough teams and start coming together as a team. They competed in an LT quad on September 1st where they faced WSC gold opponent Downers Grove South, WSC silver opponent Hinsdale Central and WSC silver opponent Lyons Township. They were unable to secure a win at this quad but strengthened their bond as a new team and improved on team communication.
On Friday the team traveled to Reavis for a quad. They faced the Reavis Blue team first where they came out to a quick start winning 25-18 but were unable to secure the win and fell in three to the team. Next, they faced a second Reavis squad taking them to three again without being able to secure the win. In the final match of the night the group faced Andrew and keeping with the common theme they were able to pull out a win (in 3 games). Strong serving behind junior outside Kerrigan Long helped to secure the win in a tough third game match with scores 29-27.
Sophomore Hornets fall to De LaSalle 9-25, 17-25 Good all around performance by Evelyn Mansker (2 kills, 2 blocks, 2 digs). Annika Nicol set the table with 5 assists.
Freshman A The Freshman A team got off to a strong start with several wins last week. After weeks of hard practices, a combined A and B team beat De LaSalle on Tuesday in three sets. Over the weekend, the A team took part in the Homewood Flossmoor tournament. The Hornets finished in second place overall on a day that saw wins over the tournament hosts in Homewood Flossmoor, Joliet West, and Morton. Team captains Hailey Radicker and Mia Wiley helped lead a balanced attack that saw the team barely edged out by Glenbard West in the championship match. The Hornets look forward to another busy week, with matches against Proviso East, Metea Valley, and the St. Charles North tournament.
Week of August 23rd
Varsity Varsity started off the 2021-2022 fall season by traveling to the Metea Valley Invitational. On Friday the hornets came up short against Jones College Prep (Chicago) and the host school Metea Valley. They were able to pull out a win against the Sterling Golden Warriors on Friday.
On Saturday the Hornets started off the day playing a competitive Whitney Young (Chicago) team. They were unsuccessful in their efforts, so for the final game of the tournament they faced fellow WSC gold opponent Downers Grove South. After a slow start against South losing game one they came back with vengeance and won the following two games to beat Downers Grove South in 3. Junior Savannah Morford was voted to the all-tournament team for her efforts; she finished the tournament with 8 service aces, 22 kills, 3 assists, and 19 digs.
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