Lily Hidalgo didn’t need to have a big senior season to catch the attention of a college team.
The Glynn Academy volleyball standout had already found a future college home, committing this
summer to Young Harris College which had made the rising Glynn senior a scholarship offer.
But while awaiting the chance to sign with the new NCAA Division II program in early November,
Hidalgo wanted to finish out her prep career with the Lady Terrors on the highest note possible.
Glynn’s most dominant outside hitter has been putting together a strong final stand with the Lady
Terrors as the team comes down the home stretch of the 2020 campaign. She had a strong showing
last week while leading GA to a 3-0 record for the week. For her outstanding performance, Hidalgo has
been named the Coastal Pines Technical College Female Athlete of the Week by 912 Sports.
Last Thursday night, Hidalgo, who is 5-foot-11 and plays all six rotations, shined on Senior Night as the
Lady Terrors prevailed 2-1 in a three-set match against non-region rival Camden County in Brunswick.
Hidalgo finished with 12 kills against only three attack errors and hit .360 in the victory.
Two days earlier, Glynn won a pair of Region 2-AAAAAA matches in Guyton against South Effingham
and Statesboro. In the team’s 2-1 win over the Lady Mustangs on their home floor, Hidalgo had 8 kills
to contribute to Glynn’ offensive attack while playing a bigger role in serve receive with a 2.06
score. That is a stellar final mark for an individual in a match as a passing grade for a player is anything
between 2.0 and 3.0 as the back-row players receiving the serves attempt to pass the ball to the
setter to set up the attackers in the offense.
Also that evening against Statesboro, Hidalgo had 7 kills for the Lady Terrors, passed a 2.0 in defense
and had two blocks for points in the front row as Glynn blanked the Lady Blue Devils for a key 2-0
First-year GA head coach Emily Wylie has been thoroughly impressed while watching Hidalgo play the
game and be a leader during her first season with the Glynn program which has been one of the best
in the area for several years.
“She is an all-around amazing person to have on the team,” Wylie said. “She is the best teammate by
always having a positive attitude and holding her teammates accountable. But, she also makes sure
everyone is being included and reaches out and helps the girls on the JV as well. She creates an
awesome relationship with everyone in the program.
“As a player, she is always looking to improve and get better. She wants to win and enjoy the sport
with everyone around her. She works so hard. She is really, really a great kid all the way around.”
The Lady Terrors closed out their regular season Tuesday and were scheduled to open play in the
region tournament Thursday against rival Brunswick. Glynn entered the tournament with an 11-14
overall record and was 5-2 in region matches during the season. Richmond Hill and
Effingham were both 5-1, Statesboro was 3-3, South Effingham was 3-5 and Brunswick was listed as 0-
5 in the MaxPreps standings.
Glynn has won the previous three region titles.
Last year as a junior, Hidalgo was named the MVP of Glynn’s team. She also was named the Volleyball
MVP for the 2019 season by the Brunswick News.
If her last name sounds familiar to followers of prep sports in the area, that’s because her father,
Rocky Hidalgo, is the head football coach at Glynn Academy. Lily’s mother, Kelly, played collegiate
volleyball and joked earlier this week that Lily inherited all of her volleyball talents from her and not
She did admit, though, that her husband’s strength and conditioning program helped Lily excel as her
overall skills developed throughout high school and while playing elite club volleyball in Jacksonville.
But while mom and dad assisted her much like a setter does as she delivers the ball for an attack,
Hidalgo put in the time to blossom as a player and earn a college scholarship.
And it will be her that will be signing the national letter of intent on Nov. 11 with her parents by her
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