HMK varsity tennis players make all-district

H.M. King High School recently had five of their varsity tennis players selected for the All-District 31-4A team. Pictured from left to right are Hope Castaneda, Rachel Rubio, Aaron Gerragauch, Reality Winner and Sarah Sedory.

The Brahma tennis team recently placed four of their senior tennis players and a very promising freshman on the All-District 31-4A tennis team.

Hope Castaneda was selected for the first all-district team in singles and the second roster in doubles. This is the third consecutive year Castaneda has made the all-district roster.

"Hope has done a great job at her spot," Head Coach Ed Gonzales said. "I was expecting her to play good this season because last year she placed fourth at the district spring tournament, so I had a feeling she was going to have a good campaign this year."

Rachel Rubio was picked for the first all-district team in mixed doubles and the second team in singles. This is the second consecutive year Rubio has been selected for the all-district team.

"Rachel has been a doubles specialist and when I placed her with her current partner (Aaron Gerragauch) I knew they would have a good shot of going undefeated which they did," Gonzales said. "She has also improved a lot in singles so I have been expecting lots of big things from her also this season."

Aaron Gerragauch made the first all-district team in boys singles and in mixed doubles. Gerragauch has earned spots on the all-district list for the past four years.

"Aaron has been an alldistrict selection since his freshman year and has improved every single season by working hard," Gonzales said. "Expectations have always been high for him and he has always met them so he is going to have another standout year."

Reality Winner received honorable mention in girls doubles.

"Reality has been playing doubles with Hope and has been coming around," Gonzales said. "She has only been playing tennis since her freshman year and has done a very good job of getting where she is at right now by putting her time in as far as the drills and conditioning she does every day and I am not surprised by her making all-district which is a great showing for her."

Sarah Sedory received honorable mention in girls singles; the only freshman to do so in 31-4A this season.

"I think Sarah is going to follow her older sister's (Abygail) four years of excellence," Gonzales said. "Sarah has a good head on her shoulders plus a good game and very good foundation. I think she is ahead of the other girls her age so she should have a good season and another three years of success ahead."

Following team tennis dual meets this fall, H.M. King's all-stars now enter more individualized competition during spring events.

"With the number of tournaments we have in the spring, I am expecting these five to make it far in each one of them," Gonzales said. "I think they will have a good showing at our district tournament in April."

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