You didn't need 10-inch letters on a marquee to let you know the boys tennis match between fourth-seeded New Canaan and top-seeded Staples Wednesday afternoon was big.

The high-volume of grunts, groans, and primal screams coming from the courts at Staples were all you needed to hear to realize this contest had meaning. This was for the right to play for the FCIAC championship and the Wreckers prevailed, 4-2.

"It was big, really big," said Staples coach Kris Hrisovulas. "One of the biggest thing we talked about today was heart, and everyone showed that out there."

Senior co-captain Danny Hirschberg, the unstoppable force on the courts, got things going for the Wreckers. The number one player on the team, methodically took apart Chase Urban, beating him 6-0, 6-1.

"I knew coming into the match, I had to set the tone for the team," said Hirschberg, who like his team, remains undefeated. "His style, which was steady, was suited for my game and I think that's why I won the way I did."

Hirschberg's younger brother, Jake, had a much tougher time in his match against Nick Laut. It was a hard-fought battle between number two players, but Laut outlasted Hirschberg, 5-7, 6-3 6-3.

In the fourth slot, Jess Heussner made quick work of New Canaan's Steve Evans. The Staples senior co-captain was nearly flawless in rolling to a straight set victory, 6-1, 6-2.

"It was by far, my best match of the year." said Heussner. "I had everything going and I controlled the match."

Luke Foreman controlled his match against the Rams Tom Worcester. Playing at number five, the freshman took it to Worcester, 6-1, 6-2.

In doubles action, Patrick Newton and Jacob Reiss downed Baxter Stein and Evan Davis of the Wreckers 6-3, 7-6 at first doubles.

Staples, looking to avenge last year's loss to the Rams in the FCIAC finals, needed a win from the number two doubles team to punch its ticket to a return trip to the championship. Steve Thomson and Josh Kaseff took on Conner Headley and Luke McDermott in an emotionally charged battle. Seemingly, every point was punctuated by a scream of, "Yes!!!!" Thomson and Kaseff proved too much for the Rams duo, beating them 6-1, 7-6 to send the Wreckers into the FCIAC finals, which took place yesterday against second-seeded Greenwich after press time.

"It's huge, last year they beat us in the FCIAC Championship," said Thomson. "They wanted to face us, we wanted to face them. This is our home court and we never lose on our home court. It was a good win for us. The best win of the year."