Staples aces Greenwich in boys tennis showdown
Published 9:30 pm, Thursday, April 9, 2015
WESTPORT -- The boys tennis season is only two days old, but a clear favorite has already been established as the team to beat in the FCIAC.
That happened on Thursday afternoon at Staples High School, as the defending FCIAC and Class L champion Wreckers fired a warning shot to the rest of the league with a 5-2 win over rival Greenwich.
"The goal was to prove within each other that we wanted to be a championship team again," Staples coach Kris Hrisovulos said. "We wanted to prove within our team what it takes. It definitely helps to get an early-season win against these guys."
Staples prevailed behind the strength of its top four singles players, who each won in straight sets. No. 1 Zack Levin defeated Greenwich's Dickson Hollister 7-5, 6-3 while No. 2 Will Andrews took down Marcos Eslava 6-3, 6-2.
"Our returning starters really stepped up and carried the load," Hrisovulos said. "Very impressive. Our top four guys just really set the tone and came out and executed at a really high level."
The teams split the doubles matches as Greenwich's Skyler Wasserman and Tyler Dagnino defeated Kion Bruno and Linus Nickel 6-2, 6-3 while Brenden Price and Max Berger defeated Alex Collins and Josh Wood 6-4, 6-4 in the final match of the afternoon.
"It's hard for us to say what's going on with our team," Greenwich coach Richard Lane said. "We've had a total of two practices; Staples played extremely well and you have to tip your hats to them. All the way through they were solid."
It was a whirlwind two days for Greenwich (0-2), which fell 4-3 to Ridgefield in its season opener Wednesday. Playing the top two contenders in the league in a 24-hour period should serve as a positive as the season goes along.
"I was very proud of how they handled the whole day," Lane said. "I think we need to come together a little bit tighter as a team, it's early and the team is young. The only good thing that came out of having the first two matches be tough is that it shows us what we need to work on."
The Cardinals, who won the three previous FCIAC titles prior to last year, are now well aware of what they must improve upon to challenge for another championship.
"We need to do a better job getting to net as quickly as possible," Minichetti said. "That has to do with constructing points; keeping it deep to the opponents weaker side. We also need to work on our mental game and staying focused."
STAPLES 5, GREENWICH 2 (at Staples): Singles: Zack Levin (s) def. Dickson Hollister, 7-5, 6-3; Will Andrews (S) def. Marcos Eslava 6-3, 6-2; Josh Moskovitz (S) def. Jacob Cohen, 6-3, 6-3; Max Zimmerman (S) def. Max Minichetti 6-1, 6-2; Henry Decoster (G) def. Tyler Wright, 7-5, 6-3. Doubles: Skyler Wasserman/Tyler Dagnino (G) def. Kion Bruno/Linus Nickel 6-2, 6-3; Brenden Price/Max Berger def. Alex Collins/Josh Wood 6-4, 6-4. Records: Greenwich 0-2; Staples 2-0.