By: Steve Reaven
The unbeaten Rebels began the weekend expecting to take home the school’s first team state championship since a girls bowling crown in 1990.
Realizing their goal proved more emotionally draining than challenging on the court as T.F. South’s 16.5 points were well ahead of runners-up Fremd and Naperville Central (12 points each). Reavis and Downers Grove North tied for fourth with 11 points.
Tears of joy also mixed with sorrow and anguish, however, during the meet’s final hour when both the tandem of Shannon Pollard and Jenna Pasko dropped a three-game decision 21-13, 20-22, 18-21 to Reavis’ Denna Zayed and Marissa Mangala in the doubles final, and junior Jessica Gomez forfeited after suffering a left knee injury during the third-place singles match.
“We won state, so overall I’m happy,” Gomez said. “At first (after being injured), I was sad. But now I see the positive side of it.”
Lyons sophomore Stephanie Lin was shocked after her 16-21, 21-16, 21-17 victory against Hinsdale South senior Emma Adcock in the singles final.
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