Nov. 18, 2009
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - - University of Louisville men's tennis coach Rex Ecarma has announced that Dante Terenzio has signed a National Letter of Intent to continue his playing career with the Cardinals. Terenzio will join the team in the fall of 2010.
"I am happy that Dante Terenzio is officially a Louisville Cardinal," said Ecarma. "He said he felt a strong family-type of atmosphere here and saw how dedicated to excellence the team is. He told me he liked the overall chemistry of the players and the big commitment that the athletic department put on the men's tennis program."
Terenzio, a native of Stamford, Conn., is the top-ranked player in Connecticut and the Class `S' and state champion. He reached the finals of the United States Tennis Association U16 International Spring Championships and the National Open. He also played No. 1 singles for the New England Intersectional Team. Terenzio's other achievements include reaching the round of 16 in the U16 Winter Nationals, the third round of the U16 Easter Bowl and the fourth round in the U18 National Clay Court Championship consolation.
"Dante has a reputation of being a super hard worker and a fierce competitor on the court," said Ecarma. "He has the attributes that would really fit in with this team. He is a big name in the juniors and has done well in the Easter Bowl and has been a blue-chip recruit most of his high school career. He is not afraid of big moments since he already has played in tournaments like the Orange Bowl. With an Italian background, a father who was a boxer, and his fighting style of play, I call him U of L's Rocky Balboa."
The University of Louisville men's tennis team will open the 2010 spring season Jan. 8-10 at the Las Vegas Invitational.