LANSING | T.F. South's Jessica Gomez may be undefeated, but she's not letting her unblemished record make her complacent. Gomez ran her record to 40-0 on the season and went 7-0 on the day to win first place in the No. 1 singles at the T.F. South Red Invite. The Rebels won the team competition, only losing one match on the day and beating out second place Reavis 41-30. Homewood-Flossmoor finished in fifth place with 17 points.
"I do feel like I'm slowly improving, but I don't want to be overconfident for state," Gomez said. "I don't think overconfidence is good. I always have a goal in each game, and I try to improve the next game over the previous game. My goal is to win state as a team. That's my ultimate goal."
The Rebels No. 1 doubles team of Shannon Pollard and Jenna Pasko lost their first match of the season to Reavis' No. 1 doubles team and finished in second place in No. 1 doubles behind their Reavis rivals. Pollard and Pasko now sit at 39-1 on the year and said the loss serves as a reality check that they need to continue to improve.
"It was a good game and they deserved it," Pasko said of the loss to Reavis. "They played hard and pushed for it. Next time we have to come back harder. It was just like getting a reality check."
Pollard agreed that Reavis' No. 1 doubles deserved the win and the first place finish.
"Too many mistakes on our part," Pollard said. "They made the shots they had to. It still stings though. Most of our season, we've pretty much swept through it. We're mainly looking forward to conference, sectionals, and state."
Homewood-Flossmoor's No. 1 singles player, Cory Galen, went 5-2 on the afternoon and improved her record to 28-9 on the season. Galen is looking to make her third trip downstate in three years.
"I kind of put myself down a couple times," Galen said. "When I do that, I just need to take it one point at a time and not be so stressed out."
H-F's No. 1 doubles team of Leslie Bonthron and Nicolette Hansen were 2-5 on the day, but said the invite was a great place to improve while playing some quality competition.
"We played against some really good teams today, and they were really good practice for us," Hansen said. "We played really well. I was not upset about anything. We played strong."