Torrington girls tennis looks for bounce back season.
TORRINGTON: The Torrington girls’ tennis team is one of many spring sports looking to get some game time action in after a rough late March, early April on the weather front.
Head coach Brian Nass and the Raiders are coming off a 5-10 mark a year ago, but bring back a senior-laden team that now has an abundance of experience and some talented athletes who are looking to make this year a memorable one.
“We are a team with a lot of new faces on the Varsity level,” Nass said. “Last year we finished 5-10 but bring back nine seniors. We have 17 girls in the program, including five of them who come in as first year players.”
Nass has named Tri-Captains, upperclassmen Andrea Sananikone, Emreen Bharara and junior Balleigh Dimauro, who are all singles players and will be joined by Tatum Marino (Jr.) and Emely Fuentes (Sr.).
“For doubles,” Nass said, “Juniors Shae Eucalitto and Izzie Weber will make up one team while seniors Aubrey Peterson-Hague and Sydney Mourges will make up our second team. Seniors Brie Pergola and Colleen Kilgore round out the doubles units.”
Pergola, fresh off an outstanding career on the hardwood that earned her All-State honors as she surpassed the 1000-point mark in just over three year of play, will be teamed with Colleen Kilgore who was also a member of the Raiders basketball team.
“Brie is a natural athlete,” Nass said. “She is improving every day. I expect by the end of the season that she, and her partner Colleen, will win a good number of matches.”
The loss of six seniors to graduation will be something the team has to overcome this season but Nass is confident in the players he has this year.
“Our goal this season is to get above the .500 mark and remain competitive in the tough division that we play in.” Nass said. “We went 0-6 against our division (Iron) opponents, Watertown, Wolcott and Naugatuck in 2016, so we definitely need to improve that record if we want to finish above .500.”
One of the stars of this team should be one of the Tri-Captains, Dimauro who enters the year as the team’s number one singles player for the second year in a row. It marks her second straight year earning captain status so she has shown the ability to lead, something a growing team will need.
Dimauro advanced to the second round of the Naugatuck Valley League Tournament a year ago, losing to the eventual runner up in the tourney.
In her junior year, Dimauro amassed the 14th most points in the league and her head coach thinks she can crack the top five this season.
Torrington is scheduled to open their season on the road on Wednesday when they take on Ansonia at 3:30 before staring their home schedule against Wilby on Thursday at 2:30 and against Seymour on Friday at 3:45.