Badminton: Jessica Gomez, TF South dominate at inviteThornton Fractional South's Shannon Pollard returns a shot during the Thornton Fractional South Badminton Invitational on Saturday, April 14, 2012, in Lansing, Il. | John Smierciak~for Sun-Times Media
Updated: April 24, 2012 6:26PM
T.F. South’s Jessica Gomez has a number in mind.
Heading into the sectional in May, the sophomore wants to have a 49-1 record to her name.
The matches getting there? Warmups for hopefully a postseason run.
Gomez continued her season-long dominance Saturday at the T.F South Invitational, winning all seven of her matches (none of them going to a third game) as she improved to 41-1.
The host Rebels (41 points) won the eight-team invite in Lansing in similarly dominant fashion, going 41-1 in 42 matches. T.F. South was the defending champ, but Gomez missed out on playing in the meet last year.
Each team had three singles players and three doubles pairings competing.
“Last year I played No. 9 singles so being No. 1 I’m expected to win more and help the team out,” Gomez said. “These matches help prepare you. You play so many matches that you’re worn out. I’m tired right now.”
Also winning for the Rebels were Andriana Johnson (No. 2 singles), Cameron Crosby (No. 3 singles), Jenna Pasko and Shannon Pollard (No. 1 doubles), and Cassie Breshock and Jhennie Corpuz (No. 2 doubles).
“It’s a sign of how much Jessica has grown and how hard she works,” T.F. South coach Bob Tengstrand said. “We’ve still got to do it when it counts as a team and that’s sectionals and downstate.”
T.F. South is 14-0 in dual meets and has won five invitational titles this year.
Reavis’ Jessica Bachleda and Riyan Yanes won the No. 3 doubles championship. The Rams were second (33 points).
Lincoln-Way West (27) took third ahead of Lincoln-Way East (24), Homewood-Flossmoor (14) and Lincoln-Way North (11). DeKalb and Plainfield East tied for seventh with nine points each.