Rough weekend for tennis

Brian Izzo

Hartford’s tennis teams and new head coach Michael Louis took to the courts over the weekend with men’s matches against a program member’s familiar foe and women’s matches against a New England foe, in addition to welcoming a new face to the program.

A new face in Torr Terranova was announced as an assistant coach for the 2011-2012 seasons and will be on the sidelines for both the men and women’s tennis teams.

Terranova joined Hartford fresh off a spectacular season coaching Weston High School where he lead the team to a 2011 Connecticut Class S State Championship and was named 2011 Girls Tennis Coach of the year by the Connecticut Post.

Prior to the program’s recent addition, Hartford’s men’s team hosted new head coach Michael Louis’ Alma Matter, University of Connecticut, on Oct. 3.

In a 7-0-match sweep, the Hawks were no match for the Huskies and fell to 1-1 on the season.

Hartford could not secure a win in any of the matches, however, Senior Aniel Bahalla took the first set in his match, which was ultimately lost to UConn Senior Jai Yoon in the following sets, and Junior Josh Isaacson battled back from dropping the first set to win the second set in his match, which was ultimately taken in the following set by UConn freshman Peter Surovic.

Women’s struggles preceded the men’s with a 7-0-match sweep of their own, played on the final day in September, and tumbled their overall record to 1-1 on the season.

The Hawks plummeted to Providence and fell early to the Friars by dropping all doubles play match-ups 3-0.

In the following singles competitions, the Friars took 72 of the total games and allowed the Hawks to secure just 20 games in the six match-ups.

Sophomore Katina Zampas fared best for the Hawks women, despite going down in straight sets by scores of 6-3, 6-3.

New head coach Michael Louis, new assistant head coach Torr Terranova and the Hartford tennis teams will be in action this weekend as the men will next participate in the Quinnipiac Invitational on Oct. 7 through Oct. 9 and the women will participate in the Marist Invitational on Oct. 8 through Oct. 9.