LANSING | T.F. South sophomore Bryttish Burts didn't know what to expect when she transferred to the Lansing school from perennial power Homewood-Flossmoor.
Burts did not play as a freshman, but she had played the sport for a few years. The sophomore was good enough to win the No. 1 singles spot and is one of the reasons for the resurgence of the Rebels' program.
She is 24-3, won the South Suburban Blue Conference title and was fourth at the Homewood-Flossmoor Sectional. The Rebels enjoyed one of their best seasons in several years, as Burts and the doubles team of Andriana Johnson and Amirah Ali also qualified to become the program's first state qualifiers since Molly Reeis in 2004.
Burts said she is excited to make the trip to the northwest suburbs for the three-day meet, which beings this morning.
"My goal is to just play hard and maybe win a few matches," Burts said. "I realize how tough the competition is, but I am going in with the thought of doing my best and to also use it as a learning experience."
Marian Catholic's Gaby Rosales and the doubles team of Giselle Beebe and Megan Melby qualified for state.. Also, Homewood-Flossmoor's Adesuwa Osabuohein and Faith Hukabee qualified in singles, while Sophia Osabuohein and Timara Maxwell plus Allison Lessner and Kaela Mack qualified in doubles.
Burts said her move to T.F. South was a good one and has enjoyed her teammates.
"We have a good group and we have really put in a lot of work," Burts said. "Coach (Clinton Scott) have encouraged us and we just had a great year."
Scott said he just wants his three players to represent the program.
"We'd like to win a few matches and get our name out there," Scott said. "I think what we did this year has carried over. We had the boys team out here practicing and their season is not until the spring."