Wreckers beat Westhill and Darien
Updated 5:05 pm, Tuesday, May 15, 2012
The Staples boys tennis team solidified its hold on second place with two victories over quality teams last week.
Staples survived against a vastly-improved Westhill team and pulled out a 4-3 home victory Thursday. The Wreckers then raised their record to 15-1, 13-1 in the FCIAC, with a 7-0 home win over Darien in a match that was completed Friday. The match began three days earlier but was suspended because of the weather.
"Westhill is a solid team this year," Wreckers coach Kris Hrisovulos said. "After playing a tough match with Westhill, we were focused, and we wanted to get the job done. Almost everyone was up a set, [going into Friday] and we didn't want to prolong the match."
Two of Staples' losses to Westhill were heartbreakers. The Vikings won at first and second singles with Brandon Pomerance and Danny Soifer delivering the victories.
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The match at first singles was a partial rematch of the doubles final with Pomerance edging Hirschberg, 6-1, 2-6, 7-6 (11-9). Hirschberg had a 5-3 lead in the tiebreaker and survived five match points, but fell short in the end.
Soifer's victory over Hyman wasn't a rematch but it was a close battle with the Viking bouncing back from a first-set loss to win a second set tiebreaker in his 4-6, 7-6 (8-6), 6-1 win. Hyman had match point in the second set, but wasn't able to close it out.
Wrecker freshman Josh Moscovitz won at third singles with a 6-0, 7-5 verdict over Miles Singer.
"Kris believed in me the entire match and told me I could do it," Moscovitz said. "I just believed in myself the whole time."
Staples senior captain Steve Thomson said, "Josh pulled out a big win for the team. Without his win, we wouldn't have won."
Thomson and Baxter Stein almost bageled Nick Morelli and Conor Chiusano at first doubles, but nevertheless, were dominant in their 6-0, 6-1 victory. Evan Davis and Jack Reardon won 6-0, 6-1 at second doubles over Matt Frederick and Josh Friedman.
"Westhill is strong and has a very good singles lineup, but they are weak in doubles," Hrisovulos said.
Against Darien, Staples was dominant from top to bottom. Hirchberg (6-2, 6-2) and Hyman (6-3, 6-2) were never threatened at the top of the lineup. Moscovitz's opponent retired because he wasn't able to return to Staples Friday.
Mitnick won 6-0, 6-2 at fourth singles, and Stein (6-0, 6-1) almost served a bagel at fifth singles. Thomson and Levin had the toughest match among the Wreckers but still won in straight sets, 6-3, 7-5. Davis and Reardon led 6-5 at second doubles before one of their opponents rolled his ankle and had to retire.
"They were two solid wins," Thomson said. "Darien had a good team, but Zack and I were able to pull it out."
Staples raised its record to 16-1, 14-1 with a 7-0 win at Trinity Catholic Monday.