Girls Tennis: Hinsdale South knows perils lurk at Lyons Sectional

Story Image 9/17/11 Glenview- Emma Adcock and Kim Warpecha compete in doubles against Edwardsville at Glenbrook South. Stacia Timonere/for Sun Times Media

Updated: October 9, 2012 6:53PM

The seeding meeting for the Lyons Sectional was scheduled for Wednesday night, but first-year Hinsdale South girls tennis coach Mia Tritch had guarded expectations.

The Hornets won the West Suburban Gold meet Saturday, but Hinsdale South has been assigned to a grueling sectional, which features defending state champion Hinsdale Central and outstanding players from Lyons (state singles runner-up Alex Chatt) and Nazareth (state runner-up doubles Alysa Straub and Alexia Petrovic).

“Unfortunately, we do have a good team,” Tritch said. “With this team, we won conference. We would probably qualify a lot of girls if we were in a different sectional.”

The Lyons Sectional could be the final meet for Hinsdale South senior Sara Devine, who won a WSC Gold tennis title at No. 2 doubles after capturing a conference title in the spring with the Hornets’ badminton team. Devine won with Paula Bozhilova as a tennis doubles partner. But the Burr Ridge residents will likely be split up for the sectional, with Bozhilova playing singles.

Devine said she expects to play doubles with Bozhilova’s younger sister, Vistella.

For Devine, just finishing out her final senior season is a treat. She suffered a bout of mononucleosis, which ended her junior season early.

“It was a huge bummer,” Devine said. “I spent all season playing and I didn’t get to finish.”

The best chance for Hinsdale South players to receive a seed is Emma Adcock and Andrea Wakim at No. 1 doubles. Both won a conference title separately in tennis and Adcock is one-half of last year’s state doubles champion in badminton.

“We’ve been in the same sectional for the last four years,” Devine said. “It’s always pretty tough. Andrea and Emily should do well, but you never know.”

Adcock and Wakim are 12-6 on the season as a doubles pairing, but have already lost twice to Lyons’ top doubles team.

“Emma has badminton, but for Andrea this is it for her,” Tritch said.

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