GW tennis star Ocasio caps stellar year

George Washington High tennis player Selina Ocasio won 40 straight tennis matches on her way to leading her team to the Public League title. — SUBMITTED PHOTO

When it comes to tennis, Selina Ocasio is certainly a name to remember. Ocasio recently led George Washington High to the girls Public League tennis championship. She also had a big season winning 40 consecutive regular season tennis matches this year.

“It was great winning the Public League championship,” Ocasio said. “It meant a lot to our team. It was so rewarding. I worked really hard on my game. Winning 40 straight games was really tough. I wanted to do it for the team. I spent a lot of time practicing on my skills. The hard work really paid off for me as well as my team.”

Tennis is a big sport in the Ocasio family. Selina’s older sister, Kiara Ocasio, is a tennis standout at Division III Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, N.Y.

“She’s doing very well,” Ocasio said. “Kiara has been playing tennis a long time. She’s had a great career at Hobart and William. She has helped me so much. She’s always there.”

Ocasio started playing tennis at four years old. She grew up playing the game right in her Northeast Philadelphia neighborhood. Ocasio is also a big fan of Venus and Serena Williams.

“I started playing down at Jardel Playground (1500 Cottman Avenue),” Ocasio said. “The recreation center isn’t too far from where I live. I can go down there and play tennis. I also play at the Northeast Racquet Club (Krewstown Road). That’s a good place to work out. I work on my swing. I always hit the ball back. I run around a lot on the court. I never give up on getting to the ball.”

Ocasio’s persistence has made a big difference in her play. Like Kiara, she would like to play tennis at the collegiate level. She has received some interest from West Chester, Washington College and Moravian.

“I’m not sure where I’m going to go to college at this point,” Ocasio said. “I’m still looking at schools.”

Ocasio should be a great player at the next level.


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