Hard to keep up with CdM's Hodson

Daily Pilot High School Athlete of the Week

Sea Kings standout sophomore had a busy summer and then turned in a stellar season for CdM.

November 16, 2012|By Matt Szabo
  • Corona del Mar High sophomore Hayley Hodson is the Daily Pilot High School Athlete of the Week.
Corona del Mar High sophomore Hayley Hodson is the Daily… (SCOTT SMELTZER,…)

To say Hayley Hodson had a busy summer playing volleyball would be more than a bit of an understatement.

If she wasn't at USA Volleyball High Performance team tryouts in Colorado Springs, she was competing in the Junior Olympics in Columbus, Ohio, helping her TStreet Volleyball Club 17-and-under team win bronze in the open division along with Corona del Mar High teammate Alexis Cage.

If you missed her there, you could find her in Europe competing with the USA Youth National Team, or in Mexico at a NORCECA competition.

The CdM sophomore returned home to Newport Beach on Aug. 12.

CdM volleyball practice started the next day.

"It was a long summer of volleyball," Hodson said. "It was fun."

Hodson, a 6-foot-2 outside hitter, continually strives to get better. The Daily Pilot Athlete of the Week helped fuel an impressive year for the Sea Kings.

She led the team in kills for the second straight year, finishing with 356 of them this season. One of her best performances came at a big moment, on Nov. 10 in a CIF Southern Section Division 1-AA quarterfinal match.


CdM beat No. 4-seeded Mater Dei in four sets, avenging two losses earlier in the season. It was definitely a season highlight for CdM.

"It was a very nice feeling," Hodson said. "Regardless of who wins or loses, we always have a rivalry with Mater Dei. A lot of kids who have gone to middle school here at our school go to Mater Dei. They're basically our neighbors, so it's always something we get fired up for. Going into that [match], we all just sat around and determined that we weren't losing to them again. We wanted it really badly, and I think we just fought our hearts out. It was just very satisfying."

Hodson also shined individually. She had her third-highest kill total of the season, recording 24 on 67 attempts.

"She had a great match, passing, defensively and hitting-wise," CdM Coach Marissa Booker said. "I would say that we felt like she progressively got better as the year went on. She was putting more balls away and getting more kills, and hitting the ball harder. There were a couple of points [at the Santa Barbara Tournament of Champions] where she hit the ball so hard. We were all just kind of like blown away by it."

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