The Staples girls tennis team has trouble getting over its Greenwich hump since 2004.

Second-seeded Greenwich continued its dominance over third-seed Staples (15-3) Monday in the FCIAC semifinals with a 6-1 victory at Sound Shore Indoor Tennis Club in Portchester, N.Y. to raise its record to 17-1. The Lady Cardinals lost 5-2 to New Canaan Wednesday in the FCIAC finals and dropped to 17-2.

"I think we played our hearts out and used the strategies we learned from the last time we played them," Lady Wreckers Coach Amanda Giudice said. "They are a talented team and we stayed positive throughout. We tried our best and that's all I can ask for."

The match was moved indoors because of the rain. Greenwich's players have practiced at Sound Shore and are familiar with its courts.

"Playing indoors is a different game because you don't deal with the wind and the weather," Giudice said. "We have to learn how to deal with it."

The surface wasn't Staples' biggest obstacle. The Lady Wreckers were missing junior first singles player Katie Reiner, who was out because of tendonitis.

"We played well but Greenwich played better," Lady Wreckers senior tri-captain Farrel Levenson said. "Obviously, we would have loved to have Katie in the lineup because all the girls had to move up the ladder from the first time we played them but all the Staples girls played well."

Staples senior tri-captain Molly Rudinger said, "Obviously, we missed Katie, but everyone played their best and Greenwich was better than us."

Making this loss difficult to handle was in the preseason, the fact that the Lady Wreckers felt they were on the verge of decking the Lady Cardinals.

"We knew this was our year of coming with a win over Greenwich but with everyone moving up a spot, it made it tough for us, but everyone still played their best tennis," Staples senior tri-captain Hannah Bjornson said.

The Lady Wreckers had one bright spot on the day and that was junior Kate Collins at No. 4 singles, who pulled out a 7-6 (8-6), 6-4 victory over junior Audrey Villemure.

"I just really stuck with it because she's a good player," Collins said. "We all worked hard and in the back of my head, I knew we needed a victory and we couldn't lose 7-0 to them."

Collins trailed 6-3 in the tiebreaker before coming back.

"During the tiebreaker, I stayed consistent and she just broke down," Collins said. "I just stopping going for all the winners and went for her weakness, which is consistency. After she lost the tiebreaker, it hurt her confidence and I just went for it."

Lady Wrecker freshman Melissa Beretta led 5-3 in the first set and 3-0 in the second set. In the Greenwich sophomore Jenn DeLuca converted some key break points to work herself back into the match and won, 7-5, 6-3.

Bjornson and classmate Alex Walsh lost 6-1, 6-4 at first doubles to seniors Michelle Vogt and Anna Sweeney and Rudinger lost 6-0, 6-4 at second singles to sophomore Sam Stone.

Greenwich's experienced No. 2 doubles team of seniors Katey Hopper and Lauren Daccache used everything they had to beat Farrel Levenson and Nicole Marcante, 6-2, 7-6 (3).

Lady Cardinal junior Danielle Cepelewicz beat junior Leigh Rubin 6-2, 6-3 at third singles and at third doubles, Staples senior Kate McNee and junior lefty Margaux Stamm won the first set but senior Jordana Cepelewicz and freshman Hannah Kratky came bac and won, 5-7, 6-2, 6-0.

Next up for the Lady Wreckers is the Class L tournament, which begins next Tuesday.

"Our goal is to make it to the finals," Giudice said. "We'll work on strategies and hopefully, we'll be consistent and hit our shots."

Rudinger said, "We're excited for states. We've been practicing a lot and hopefully, we'll play well."

Bjornson said, "We're starting with a clean slate and we're excited. We hope to go all the way."

That would entail beating Greenwich, a team Staples lost to twice this year.

"Third time is a charm," Levenson said.

Greenwich Times reporter David Fierro contributed to this report.