Curran Making Strong Impact At Quinnipiac
By Zach Smart
Since stepping foot onto the scenic campus of Quinnipiac University in the fall of 2005, Fairfield product Tom Curran has made a big splash with the Bobcats’ top-tier tennis program.
Curran, who had a storied career at Fairfield Prep—where he garnered first team All-State and All-SCC accolades, was immediately plunged into a significant role. A recruit that Quinnipiac actively pursued and invested four years in, Curran didn’t disappoint.
He helped the Bobcats capture the Northeast Conference championship as a freshman in 2006, as he finished 4-0 in singles during conference action. This past season, Curran registered an overall record of 11-9 while winning three of four NEC conference matches.
Though nearly 30 miles down the Merrit Parkway in Hamden, Curran feels right at home.
“I couldn’t see myself doing anything else,” says Curran, an All-NEC second team selection.
“We have a lot of fun on our trips and we never let it get too serious, for the most part.”
The jump to Division-I tennis, according to Curran, included more all-around commitment.
“We play all fall, have winter break off, then we play all spring and summer. In college, it’s more of a team thing because you spend a lot of time with everyone and we all push each other to get better. We compete with each other and it helps us improve. And everyone is good in college, there are not many walk overs, you know?”
Quinnipiac’s season concluded with a 4-2 loss to Monmouth in the NEC semifinals.
Curran came into his element during the post-season tournament, with wins against Wagner and a critical 7-6, 6-3 victory over Vik Gupta during the Monmouth match.
“That was my emotional high (of the season),” explained Curran. “The team needed me to win and I knew I had to win to give us a chance. I felt the pressure, but it felt real good to get the ‘W.’”
Against Wagner in the conference quarterfinals, Curran was one of three double-winners, helping lift the Bobcats to a 4-0 trouncing of the Seahawks.
Curran and Glastonbury’s Scott Salway recorded an 8-0 No.3 doubles win over the Seahawks’ tandem of Will Shuler and Sheldon Wilson. Curran later defeated Shuler in a 6-0, 6-0 match.
“We have to re-load for next year,” explained Curran, noting that 2007 graduation will claim several of the Bobcats’ key players.
Aside from tennis, Curran says he also enjoys playing pick-up basketball at Quinnipiac. “I play basketball a lot still,” said Curran, who was a guard/forward during his stay at Fairfield Prep.
Any tennis players Curran would like to shoot hoops with sometime?
“Probably James Blake (professional tennis star from Fairfield),” said Curran. “He can jump and he’s quick.”
On the tennis court, Curran’s ready to take on a big role next season.
“We start in the fall, and we play about four tournaments and those are some very long weekends. But the real season is in the spring. Next year we have to re-load and be ready.”