Hornets feel like they’re the 1
Hinsdale south's Sharon Anderson and Samantha Nonle block a shot by Huntley.
Updated: November 19, 2012 2:50PM
DARIEN — Lisa Martinez has been Hinsdale South’s girls volleyball coach since 2005, and the Hornets have finally earned her a No. 1 sectional seed.
The Hornets are the team to beat in the Class 4A Riverside-Brookfield Sectional, beating out St. Ignatius for the top seed in the 21-team sectional.
“We’ve never been a No. 1 in a sectional for as long as I’ve been here,” Martinez said.
The Hornets (21-7) entered the week one win away from winning their fourth consecutive West Suburban Gold championship. They end the regular season Friday and Saturday at the Lyons Invitational.
Hinsdale South has been a No. 3 sectional seed the last two years, but learned a valuable lesson about how meaningless a high seed could be if the team plays poorly. Young beat the Hornets 24-26, 25-14, 25-20 in the regional final, as Hinsdale South was ousted from the playoffs in just two matches.
“I feel last year we were a target with a high seed,” Martinez said. “It doesn’t matter (what your seed is), it’s where you finish.”
The lessons learned from the loss to Young still resonate with this year’s seniors.
“I definitely feel we had a lot of potential last year,” said kills leader Jessica Brezwyn, a North Carolina-Greensboro recruit. “But potential doesn’t mean anything unless you execute. Last year, we didn’t execute.”
“I definitely remember that feeling,” setter Sharon Anderson said. “I know we don’t want that to happen.”
Hinsdale South opens the playoffs at 15th-seeded Argo at 6 p.m. Tuesday. With a win, the Hornets would play eighth-seeded R-B or ninth-seeded Kennedy at 6 p.m. Oct. 25 in the Argo regional final.
“It doesn’t matter how high we are seeded,” Anderson said. “Our goal this year is how well you play.”