LANSING | T.F. South singles player Andriana Johnson was pretty familiar with her opponent for the singles championship at Thursday's T.F. South Sectional.
It was teammate Jessica Gomez.
In fact, T.F. South's doubles teams also played each other for first place as the Rebels easily won the team title with 18 points. They qualified both singles entries and both doubles entries for the state meet May 11-12 at Eastern Illinois University.
"I didn't want to lose, Johnson said. "I would have liked to have won. The fact that we are teammates doesn't mean it wasn't competitive."
Gomez won 21-13, 21-18 and said it was like a practice.
"We go against each other every day in practice and you don't like to play your teammates, but we had a good match," Gomez said. "We all had a good day."
The reason they played each other was because they all won their preliminary matches as they dominated the sectional.
"We did what I expected today," South coach Bob Tengstrand said. "Our focus is on state, but we knew we had to get through today. Our kids played well and went out and took care of business."
Andrew was second with 10 1/2 points.
In doubles, Shannon Pollard and Jenna Pasko beat teammates Jhennie Corpuz and Cassie Breshock 21-18, 21-13. Corpuz and Breshock have lost three matches this year and two of them are to their teammates.
"We didn't want to lose, but if you are going to lose, it is better to lose to your teammates," Corpuz said. "We came out and played our game and we are happy to be going to state."
The Rebels have their sights on a state title and are one of the favorites to bring home the school's second team title. The 1990 girls bowling team took first. The Rebels finished second in the state badminton tournament in 2011 and sixth last year.
Gomez, who has just one loss, said the team has to worry about the first day of the meet. Last year, she was eliminated on the first day.
"My goal is to get to Saturday (finals)," Gomez said. "To do that, I have to concentrate on playing well on Friday."