THS tennis having a mixed year on the courts.
THS Tennis Teams Having Mixed Results this Spring
By, JOHN TORSIELLO
It was a close thing but the Torrington High school boys tennis team came up a tad short in a big battle with arch-rival Woodland Monday afternoon, losing, 3-2.
“We were denied again against Woodland,” observed head coach Mark Moulton. “Our second doubles lost in a tiebreaker.” Senior Kevin Dixon lost to his Woodland opponent, the talented Josh Powanda. Senior Brett Stater and junior David Teti won convincingly at number two and three singles, respectively, but the Raiders dropped both doubles matches.
“The Naugatuck Valley League playoffs are next week, so perhaps we can produce a happier ending,” said Moulton, whose team fell to 10-3 in the circuit. Woodland improved to 11-2. Both teams are chasing league-leading Naugatuck (11-1 to begin the week). Torrington handed the Greyhounds their only league loss. Moulton called it his team’s biggest win of the season thus far. Torrington lost non-league matches to Pomperaug and Litchfield.
Torrington was 13-2 last year during the regular season, losing to Wolcott in the finals of the NVL Championships. In states, the Raiders enjoyed success in the doubles portion of the tournament. Dixon and Stater, who played no doubles together during the season, got to the final eight in their division before losing.
Said Moulton, “The number one team in the NVL right now is Naugatuck. We lost both matches to Woodland, also losing, 3-2, the first time we met.”
League play has changed this year in the NVL. “Last year, we were one of just a few leagues where the kids played one pro set to eight games, and they could play singles and doubles. This year, they can only play singles or doubles, but play two out of three sets to six. The third set, if needed is a super tiebreaker. There’s three singles and two doubles matches.”
Among the Raiders top players this spring has been Dixon. He split with Watertown's Casey Butwell and Naugatuck's Chris Cook, and lost to the best player in the league, Powanda. Dixon’s mark is 10-3 in the NVL.
The number two singles player has been Stater, who has been solid all season. His only loss in the league was in a tiebreaker to Jared Montini of Naugatuck the first time they played. Stater turned the tables in their second match last week.
Third singles has been occupied by Teti, the only starter who is not a senior. Teti is undefeated in NVL action this season. “He's a great kid, and will be captain of next year’s team,” said the coach.
The Raiders’ number one doubles team has been seniors Brendan Cisowski and Josh Hosein. “They're not as successful as my three singles players, but still win a good majority of their matches,” said Moulton.
Second doubles has been seniors Jackson Keller and Matthew Carr. “They struggled early, but have been more solid of late.”
Said Moulton, “We still have a shot at winning the whole thing this year. It's between Naugy, Woodland, and us, so we'll what happens in the playoffs for the championship, which start next week.”
The boys finish the regular season at home this week against Wilby Wednesday and play Kennedy away the following day.
While the Torrington boys team is pursuing a NVL title, the THS girls squad is having a bit of a rough go, standing 2-9 after finishing last year with a 5-11 mark. But that hasn’t stopped the ladies from working hard to improve and challenging other clubs every time out.
“The team has improved drastically this year,” said head coach Brian Nass. “We lost nine out of our 10 starters from last year, but have played our opponents tough despite our record. Maggie Schnyer, specifically, has improved by leaps and bounds. Last year, Maggie played in a few matches and this year she is my number one singles player and continues to get better week after week.”
The girls beat both Crosby and Wilby this year by 7-0 scores. They also lost a tight, 4-3, match to Ansonia during the second half of the season.
Top players have been Schnyer, a junior, number two singles player Azra Hodzic, a senior, number three singles player Veda Patel, a junior, and Olivia Smith, a junior and the number four singles player. Schnyer and Patel both own 2-9 records.
“We have our last home match against Seymour on Thursday,” said Nass. THS was to play Naugatuck at home Tuesday and Kennedy on the road Wednesday.