Fairfield Warde's surprise lineup no match for Wreckers tennis

Because lineups are only revealed at the start of a match, Staples boys' tennis coach Kris Hrisovulos wasn't expecting what he saw on Monday against Fairfield Warde.

The Mustangs had combined their first and second singles to form a powerful, new first doubles team.

"Teams have done that against us in the past, but it's not too common," said Hrisovulous, who on Monday improved to 6-0.

Fairfield started strong as players Josh Burger and Eyad Nagori beat Staples' first doubles team made up of players Jesse Heussner and Jack Reardon by a score of 6-2, 6-0.

"Teams who combine like that are looking to earn a win against us, but it really weakens their singles lineup," Hrisovlous said. "I think the scores reflect that."

The tide soon changed in Staples' favor following that match, however.

Playing first singles, Staples' Danny Hirschberg defeated Fairfield's Ted Berkowitz 6-0, 6-1. In second singles, Staples' Jake Hirschberg defeated Fairfield's David O'Hara 6-0, 6-1. Third singles was Staples' Graham Hyman in a 6-2, 6-1 win over Fairfield's Adam Werner, and fourth singles was Staples' Luke Foreman over Fairfield's Kevin Sullivan, 6-1, 6-0.

Though Staples' Connor Mitnick retired in fifth singles over an injury, Staples' second doubles team of Baxter Stein and Steve Thomson won 6-0, 6-4 over Fairfield's Pieter Simonds and Devin Pulton.

The end result was a 5-2 win for Staples.

"I think we're where we want to be in the season," Hrisovulous said.

"We faced some adversity against Wilton but I got on them a bit and then we had a great match against Ridgefield. Things have clicked ever since. The real test will be Greenwich."

That match is slated for April 28 but before that the Wreckers have St. Joseph on Monday and Trumbull on Tuesday.

"I'm still playing around with who's doing what," Hrisolvous said. "We're a team with a lot of talent so we'll adjust to the match up."