Girls Volleyball: Focused Hinsdale South secures No 1 seed at RB Sectional

Updated: October 16, 2012 6:29PM

Lisa Martinez has been Hinsdale South’s girls volleyball coach since 2005, but the Hornets have earned a No. 1 sectional seed for the first time under Martinez.

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. “I feel last year we were a target with a high seed.”

The Hornets (21-7) are one win away from winning their fourth consecutive West Suburban Gold championship and 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 to win a regional last year. Hinsdale South was ousted from the playoffs in just two matches.
“It doesn’t matter [what your seed is]. It’s where you finish,” Martinez said.

The lessons learned from the loss to Young still resonate with seniors from this year’s team.

“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.”

The Hornets were ranked No. 10 by the Chicago Sun-Times for at least two weeks before the Mizuno Cup, but a 2-3 record at the Great Lakes Center in Aurora Oct. 5-6 nearly doubled Hinsdale South’s entire loss total entering the tournament.

Hinsdale South opens the playoffs at 15th-seeded Argo at 6 p.m. Oct. 23. 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.”

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