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June 24, 2009 > DeCastro to continue dominance at USF

DeCastro to continue dominance at USF

By Jeff Weisinger

The success and dominance on the tennis court of recent Moreau Catholic High School graduate Mark DeCastro comes to no surprise to anyone who knows him.

"I felt confident and just wanted to close out every match," DeCastro said. "I wanted to be undefeated."

And undefeated he would finish, ending his MCHS career with a 50-0 record in league play, earning a scholarship to play at the University of San Francisco next year.

"He's a team player who was always behind the others," said DeCastro's coach Andy O'Loan. "He was very confident and led by example. We'll be losing a leader."

DeCastro success is only natural for someone who's from a tennis family, as his father and his brothers also play tennis. "They pushed me really hard and trained me hard from a young age," DeCastro mentioned about his upbringing.

The University of Santa Clara and U.C. San Diego, along with a few East Coast schools also expressed interest in DeCastro, however he chose USF because he wanted to stay local and close to his family.

"I like the city life and I have a lot of family in San Francisco," said DeCastro.

DeCastro had another stellar year this past season, going undefeated in league play, including a trip to NCS. However, a leg injury in the final match cost DeCastro a chance to win an NCS title.

"I did well, but could've done better (in NCS)," DeCastro added. "I didn't reach my goal, but I still played well, so it was still satisfying. It's something that I could look back on at least."

DeCastro joins a relatively young USF Dons team that's only losing three seniors heading into the 2009-10 campaign. The Dons placed third in the West Coast Conference in the 2008-09 season with a 9-12 overall record including a 4-2 win over Portland in the WCC Championships in San Diego last April.

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