Freshman Tennis Phenom Makes State Tournament

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Daniela Patron-Castillo (middle)

Duncanville ISD – At barely 15 years old and just 5-feet-2-inches tall, Daniela Patron-Castillo accomplished something this year that has rarely been done at Duncanville High School – qualified for the State Tennis Tournament. Daniela is only the fourth player to do so in DHS history.

“She is a great player because of her tenacity and heart she displays on court,” said Head Tennis Coach Trent Sellers. “She’s also very coachable and has a desire to never give ‘less than best’ effort.”

Daniela, who was often smaller and younger than her opponents, compiled a 30-3 record in her inaugural high school season. She is one of 8 young women to qualify for the state competition from a pool of more than 500 competitors.

“I feel very special to be representing so many people who’ve had an influence on me: my parents, coaches and teachers,” Daniela said.

Coach Sellers has been coaching tennis at Duncanville for 11 years. In that time, he has had just one other singles player make it to state. To the best of his recollection, Daniela is the first girls singles player from the surrounding districts to qualify for the state tournament in more than two decades.

“This accomplishment is incredible,” Coach Sellers said. “We are very excited for Daniela’s opportunity to represent Duncanville and the south part of the Metroplex at the state tournament.”