Staples boys tennis blanks Darien
Updated 2:59 am, Wednesday, May 11, 2011
The Staples boys tennis team continues to dominate the competition.
The unbeaten Wreckers cruised past host Darien last Thursday , dropping the Blue Wave to 5-5 overall, in their eighth 7-0 triumph this spring. Staples improved to 12-0 and won with ease as each match went just two sets.
"We knew it was going to be a competitive match but if we just stayed focused there would be no reason we'd make it more difficult than it had to be," Staples Coach Kris Hrisovulos said of the mindset going into the match.
In singles play, No. 1 player Danny Hirschberg defeated Gavin McNulty 6-0, 6-0, and Staples had wins at two through five as follows: Graham Hyman defeated Ryo Usami 6-3, 6-2; Jake Hirschberg defeated Charles Khachian 6-2, 6-0; Jesse Heussner defeated Cal Kevorkian 6-0, 6-2; and Justin Kleiner defeated Rupert Hansford 6-3, 7-6 (7-4).
"We all played pretty well today," Jake Hirschberg said following the win over Darien. "I was especially happy because I had a rather tough match against Weston the other day and I was able to come out and get an easy win. Everyone came out and took care of business." Sure, Jake Hirschberg won his match against Weston, but the third singles player was much more satisfied with his performance in this more recent victory.
In doubles play, the No. 1 team of Baxter Stein and Evan Davis topped Donald Brown and Dominic Hansford 6-1, 6-0. At No. 2, Steve Thomson and Luke Foreman defeated Briton Dailey and Jeff Sload 6-1, 6-4.
Both the Wreckers and New Canaan Rams had a pair of early-week matches to get out of the way before focusing on tomorrow's rematch of last year's FCIAC title clash. The Rams carried a 15-0 overall record into this week's action and Hrisovulos said he expected both teams to be unbeaten heading into the matchup.
The Wreckers are looking to avenge a 4-2 defeat in the pinnacle match, which came after Staples went unbeaten -- including a victory over the Rams in the regular campaign.
"I think we lost a little edge and it bit us a little," Hrisovulos said. "I think we're ready; I think the guys who lost to them last year are hoping to reverse last year are hoping to reverse the score."
Most of both lineups are back in the fold, and both teams appear headed for a collision in the final round of the conference tourney yet again.
"Everyone's pretty fired up about that match. Everyone's hungry to get revenge on last year's championship match," Jake Hirschberg said.
The Wreckers, who won 7-0 at Westhill Monday to raise their record to 13-0, have had this match circled on their schedules for some time, but a win isn't going to mean much of anything to them if they don't take care of business in the playoffs, they believe. "At the end of the day, we have bigger goals than that," said Hrisovulos, referring to the team's hopes of capturing an FCIAC title.
"The thing we're striving to do this year is hold this edge and strive to get better so we're ready for the playoffs," the coach added. "They're pretty focused. We have high standards and they know there's a bulls eye on them."
The Wreckers also stand to gain something from the New Canaan match -- a good playoff-like test -- after easily beating almost every team they've faced thus far in 2011. "It's definitely great to have good competition. We're looking forward to playing them," said Danny Hirschberg, adding that coming out on top is "going to take take all around good team tennis."