PREP BADMINTON

T.F. South dominates, wins SSC badminton title

2014-05-03T18:00:00Z 2014-05-03T23:05:11Z T.F. South dominates, wins SSC badminton titleMike Nieto mike.nieto@nwi.com, (219) 933-3232 nwitimes.com

LANSING | T.F. South's Cassie Breshock took a moment to think about what she and her teammates had accomplished.

Breshock and fellow senior Jessica Gomez have been an integral part of the Rebels winning four straight South Suburban Conference titles. Saturday, the Rebels dominated the singles part of the tournament, winning nine of 10 matches.

They won all five doubles matches on Thursday, and took the conference title with 44 points. Oak Lawn was second with 29.

Breshock and Gomez have won titles all four years. Breshock was No. 2 singles champ this year and No. 1 doubles champ with Jenna Pasko. Saturday, she topped Reavis' Stephanie Cardenas 21-11, 21-10.

"It is surreal," Breshock said. "I never thought I would be a part of or win four conference titles."

The Rebels did a little celebrating with some cake, but their focus is on bigger things. The defending state champs have sectionals Thursday and the state meet at Eastern Illinois University on May 16-17.

"We are looking forward to sectionals and state," Breshock said. "We have more work to do, but today was exciting to do what we did."

Teammate Jessica Gomez showed she has recovered from an ankle sprain she suffered two weeks ago, beating Oak Lawn's Tara Hill 21-8, 21-7.

"Four years winning conference really says a lot about the program and the players we have," Gomez said. "Coach (Bob Tengstrand) has really got us believing we could do this and we put in the extra work. For me, it is hard to believe because I had never played badminton before."

The Rebels lone loss was at No. 7 singles.

Pasko, a junior, said while the team is looking at the bigger picture, it also kept its focus on the conference. She won at No. 3 singles.

"We focused on each point of each match," Pasko said. "We didn't overlook anybody and we came ready."

Other winners for South were Bri Walker, Cameron Crosby, Brittany Arreola, Jeanne Colin, Kristi Fisher and Precious Powe.

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