Staples boys tennis blanks Weston

Judging by the final score, 7-0 Staples, it would appear on the surface that the visiting boys tennis team was the only one to come away with positives from the match at Weston Tuesday.

That's far from the truth, however, as the host Trojans got a good non-conference test against the unbeaten Wreckers.

Staples improved to 11-0 oand Weston fell to 8-3. All of Weston's setbacks were out of conference and is 8-0 in the SWC.

At No. 1 singles, Danny Hirschberg defeated Cameron Hagen 6-1, 6-1; at No. 2 singles, Graham Hyman topped David Freeman 6-2, 6-0; at No. 3 singles, Jake Hirschberg fought past Oscar Morris 6-1, 5-7, 6-4; and at fourth singles, Jesse Heussner bested Jon Lipsitz 6-3, 6-2.

In doubles play, the No. 1 tandem of Baxter Stein and Evan Davis defeated Josh Weiss and Jack Weiss 6-1, 7-6 (3); at No. 2, Luke Foreman and Steve Thomson knocked off Josh Simon and Kyle Guerin 6-4, 6-2; and in the third slot, Jehnir Hafiz and Josh Kaseff defeated Henry Morris and Ben Lander 6-3, 6-0.

"It gives us a lot of confidence going into the end of the season," Hyman said of the team's recent win over Greenwich, adding "The team is really coming together."

Staples is accustomed to the five singles, two doubles setup in FCIAC play, and had to adjust to the SWC's four-three scenario.

"We're trying to solidify our doubles lineup so I got some good looks at our doubles," Staples Coach Kris Hrisovulos said of the chance to see a third option in match play for a change.

The Trojans have also lost to Glastonbury and New Canaan and have yet to face another top-level FCIAC school, Greenwich, not to mention the Trojans are scrimmaging some of the other top-10 teams in the state. Weston Coach Gary Meunier believes Staples is hands down the best in Connecticut after the Wreckers did away with Greenwich 6-1. The coach believes the positives that come with facing stronger teams outweigh the negatives. "We're looking for work and we're looking for work at every position -- and these schools give us some work," the coach said. "There's a lot of value in playing really deep, really strong programs. ... It exposes our weaknesses."

Meunier hopes his team members learn from the Staples match and that it makes them better come postseason. "We've got to figure out a way to neutralize a lot of power and we've got to stay consistent, and cut down on a lot of errors," he said. "That's a deep singles lineup and they can exploit any weakness you have."

The Wreckers had little trouble in winning each of the matches against Weston, although Hirschberg said his three-setter was the toughest match he's had this spring. "It feels pretty good. I wasn't playing very well but I was able to come back," said Hirschberg, adding that his opponent did play a solid match. "He found a way to win," Hrisovulos added.

The Staples coach said he would like to face Weston on a regular basis and notes that the Trojans are a young team -- the Trojans had just two seniors in the lineup for this match -- that stands to potentially be more challenging to his Wreckers in years to come. "It's definitely fun. The kids were up for it," he added.

Meunier said his first and third doubles teams are new combinations and that he was pleased with their performances in the Staples match.

"We have a lot of work to do in the next month or so but I'm highly encouraged -- it's a fun team," Meunier said. "They're not going to get discouraged by this. They're going to get better."