The HSHS Girls Tennis Team also earned a share of its second straight West Suburban Conference Gold Division overall Gold Crown title. It’s the first time the Hornets have captured back-to-back overall Gold titles since their winning streak from 2002 – 2006.
“The girls had a great season,” says head coach Dana Graczyk. “High points were winning conference and qualifying one doubles team for state.”
A senior, Kim made the varsity tennis team as a freshman, but a back injury sidelined her and kept her out of the game during her sophomore year. She came back strong though, playing doubles with Emma last year when they qualified for state for the first time. Emma, a junior, also made varsity as a freshman. She’s won the number one girls singles Gold Meet title two years in a row.
We caught up with the girls to get their thoughts on tennis, school, and living in the Hinsdale area.
How did you feel about going to this year’s state tennis tournament and your tennis season overall?
Kim Warpecha: This year meant a lot more to me in a way. Doing something once is great but coming back and doing it again is a lot more challenging because you know how well you’ve already done. I am just so happy and grateful that my back feels good and I can play.
Emma Adcock: I tried to stay focused and not think about winning. I kept saying to myself, “One match at a time, one match at a time.” But the moment we won the point [to qualify for state] was so exciting and awesome.
What do you like about living in the community of Hinsdale and attending HSHS?
KM: We live in a wonderful community, and I really like the diversity at Hinsdale South. We have students from all different backgrounds.
EA: Hinsdale is very community oriented. My neighbors are always out, and my friends live close by. Hinsdale South provides us with a lot of school-oriented social activities, like football games.
Tell us about your tennis team and coaches.
KM: Our coaches have been wonderful, and they know what they’re talking about. They have the experience, history, knowledge, and they are very motivational. They’ve done a great job at helping everyone with their weak points and strategy, and helping the whole team become stronger. I love all the girls on our tennis team. Each person brings something to the team.
EA: Coach Graczyk, Coach Devine, and Coach Tritch are always there supporting us. I’ve created such great friendships with both the coaches and players. We all got a lot closer this year, and we’re friends outside of school too.
What makes you two work as doubles partners?
KM: Because we played together last year, Emma and I know each other’s game so we have chemistry—everything moves in sync. I love the fact that when I’m out there playing, I forget about everything else. It clears my mind and makes me focus. It’s just a great feeling.
EA: Kim and I count on each other’s advice when we miss a hit and keep each other up. Doubles are fun because you aren’t by yourself and have someone to talk to.
What are your plans for the future, and how will tennis fit in?
KM: I want to go to a college with a good business program, and I’ll definitely continue playing tennis in college, even if it’s not on a school’s competitive team. Tennis has been my main focus since I was about 7-years old. It’s a focus of my daily routine.
EA: I definitely plan to play tennis at whatever college I go to, and tennis will always be a part of my life.
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—Words by Elaine Doremus Slayton