LANSING | They took each other's respective places a few year's ago.
When Jhennie Corpuz hurt her right knee as a sophomore, Cassie Breshock, then a freshman, moved up to the T.F. South varsity. When Corpuz got better, she took Breshock's spot on the frosh-soph team.
"There was maybe a little bit of a rivalry, but we never really though much about it," Corpuz said. "When 'T' (coach Bob Tengstrand) paired us up last year, we just went out and wanted to win."
That they have. The duo is 49-3 with two of their losses coming to South's No. 1 doubles team of Shannon Pollard and Jenna Pasko. Breshock said while they really didn't know each other that well, they have spent a lot of time working on their chemistry as well as their game.
"Off the court, we are good friends," said Breshock, a junior. "We go out there and want to win and we want to bring a state title back."
T.F. South will have singles players Jessica Gomez and Andriana Johnson, as well as the doubles teams of Pollard and Pasko, and Corpuz and Breshock competing at the IHSA state finals are today and Saturday at Eastern Illinois. The Rebels were second two years ago and sixth last year. They are one of the favorites to win the school's second team title. The girls bowling team was the 1990 state champ.
"We have really learned each other's game and we are comfortable out there with each other," said Corpuz, a senior. "Last year, we got close playing doubles together. We go out there an play our game and we have that confidence in each other.
"We want to go down and place."
Last year, the tandem lost in the consolation quarterfinals. This year, they are seeded sixth. Tengstrand said he expects all four entries to do well. He said putting Corpuz and Breshock together was a good fit.
"They are both very good players," Tengstrand said. "On a lot of teams, they would be the No. 1 doubles team. I expect them do well at state. I expect us to do well at state."