CALUMET CITY | Despite a slow start, T.F. South wasn't going to let this one get away.
T.F. South was able to beat South Suburban Blue Conference rival T.F. North 25-17, 25-14 Thursday, to improve to 10-2 in the SSC Blue. The Rebels were led by Abbe Mullen, who recorded 21 assists and four service points. Mullen saw the slow start by the Rebels and knew her team would treat the Meteors like all opponents despite the rivalry.
"We were all kind of dead at first," Mullen said. "But we fought through it and fought until the end, which made us win. We try to treat it like any other match because we always go out with a bang and we want to win."
T.F. South's Crystal Lee had six kills and Madyson Anthony four kills for the visiting Rebels. Lee saw the Rebels come out a little sluggish, but the team was able to pick up the energy midway through the first game.
"There really wasn't much intensity," Lee said. "We kind of picked it back up and just finished the game. We just wanted to go out there and pick it up from where we were."
Rebels coach Kim Sands felt the team was ready to take on rival T.F. North.
"They played good and they played as a team," Sands said. "The first game we struggled a little bit with our passing but it definitely came together in the second game. I was proud of them. They did a nice job tonight."
T.F. North struggled to put points together and had some troubles with unforced errors. Bianca Ruiz finished the night with eight assists and Strawberry Wright added four kills for the Meteors.
"We came out ready to play and then I think we came out with a little too much," T.F. North coach Peg Haney said. "We were a little too hyped and then we got behind and then we got nervous. Second game, I think we were over-thinking things. We were forcing it instead of letting it come naturally."