The 2018 spring tennis campaign for the Mustangs saw seven players qualify for the regional tournament from April 18-21 including three doubles teams and one single.
The doubles teams to qualify for regionals were Evan Guderian and Daniel Saldana, Kennedy Bryant and Harper Wiseman along with Ashley Saucedo and Fabiola Vera. Ashlyn Hahn qualified for singles.
“This was a crazy year with all of the cancelations we had, so it was incredible to have this many players advance,” said Madisonville tennis coach Catherine Sedlacek. “This was the most we’ve had qualify for regionals in my time here.”
At the district tournament, which took place in Madisonville, the women’s team earned first place to become district champions while the men’s team placed third. However, the men’s team finished just two points out of second place and four points out of first.
“My young girls really stepped up this year,” said Sedlacek. “They were put in some tough spots in the fall after a lot of girls graduated but that didn't stop them. I’m really excited to get them back and push even farther next year.”
Guderian and Saldana finished first place in men’s doubles along with Bryant and Wiseman for the women. Saucedo and Vera finished second in women’s doubles and Hahn was second in singles. Michael de Boisblanc placed fourth in men’s singles and Sindy Jimenez placed the same on the women’s side. Guillermo Rosas and Samantha Vazquez placed fourth in district mixed doubles action.
The junior varsity women also concluded their season as district champions while the men were runners up at the district tournament. Madisonville’s Sarah Binch placed first for women’s singles closely followed by her teammate Evie Rickard. Cesar Rosas and Jace Snook earned second place finishes for men’s doubles while Kyle and Brooke Huff were second in mixed doubles. Madison Clopton and Alexandrea Gonzalez earned fourth place for women’s doubles while Liz Arjon and Madeline Kelso were fifth. Maxx Badillo and Jer’tavius Brown were fifth for the men’s side.
Throughout the season, varsity tennis saw first place finishes from Bryant and Wiseman in women’s doubles in Rudder and College Park. Guderian and Saldana also earned first place for the men’s at the College Park tournament along with Kyle and Brooke Huff for mixed doubles.
Sindy Jimenez and Isaac Wilson earned first place in mixed doubles at JV’s Waco tournament. Jordan Davis and Guillermo Rosas also won mixed doubles for JV at one of the tournaments Madisonville hosted.
“I’m spoiled with the quality of kids I get to coach here,” said Sedlacek. “Our girls lineup is looking really strong heading into next season and we have a lot of great young guys coming up to look forward to as well.”
While the Mustangs impressed on the court this season, they saw cancelations from four tournaments during the spring alone. Varsity was either canceled or couldn't finish their action in Taylor and Uvalde while JV missed Groesbeck and Madisonville.