Staples boys tennis will face Greenwich
The Staples boys tennis team feels its in good position going into its biggest match of the year. Staples will play its nemesis on Tuesday when it plays at eight-time defending FCIAC champion Greenwich, a team it hasn't beat since the 2003 regular season.
"These kids will have to embrace the challenge," Wreckers Coach Chris Hrisovulos said. "They are prepared and they can't worry about the outcome and the score because the thing about Greenwich being superior will come into play. We have to be prepared and keep our heads in it. We have to keep our edge. We have talent and we have to be prepared."
Staples is 6-0 going into next week's action (the Wreckers play at Norwalk on Monday, a match they are expected to win with ease). Junior Danny Hirschberg was the Class LL singles runnerup last year, losing to then-Greenwich senior Rob Wong. Hirschberg missed Monday's 7-0 victory at Fairfield Warde because he was away on vacation and is 4-0 (Hrisovulos rested him in another match against one of the weaker teams).
The Wreckers won five of their six matches 7-0 and their other win was a 6-1 verdict at Ridgefield with their loss coming at first doubles in three sets. Second doubles and second singles won three-setters against Ridgefield.
Junior Jesse Heussner is 4-0 at second singles and freshman Cam Marco primarily plays at third singles but has moved up twice and is 6-0. Freshman Jake Hirschberg (5-0) and sophomore Graham Hyman (6-0) primarily play at fourth and fifth singles and have moved up in a couple of matches.
"Every week, the team is getting better with cohesiveness and is really coming together," Hrisovulos said. "I wasn't worried with their talent but how we'd come together and so far, they have really come together. Doubles is coming along well. They embrace the challenges and run with it, which is all I can ask. We get more confident on the court, which helps. There are things we have to work on and I like where we are."
Going into the season, Hrisovulos was most concerned with doubles and has spent the majority of his practice time with the doubles players. He is happy with their progress and feels the doubles teams will determine Tuesday's showdown at the Cardinals.
"We have to win one or both doubles matches in order to win," Hrisovulos said. "They have to be prepared and have good energy and if we do, we'll have a good result. I'm more than hopeful."