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Boys’ Varsity Tennis Shuts Out Danbury In Home Opener

SERVE AND VOLLEY: Danny Hirschberg ’11 hits a running forehand during his match.

Carlie Schwaeber ’12
Wen News Editor

SERVE AND VOLLEY: Danny Hirschberg '11 hits a running forehand during his match. | Photo by Carlie Schwaeber '12

On April 7, the boys varsity tennis team played their first home match of the season and defeated the Danbury Hatters,seven matches to zero.

The team came prepared with fruit snacks, bagels, and a big or- ange water jug: it was evident the team was ready to kick off the 2010 season. Determined and primed for a deep FCIAC run, the Wreckers came prepared to play against the Hatters, who finished last season under .500.

The athletes were successful in their home opener, as no player “The first game is always the toughest, but we have prepared for it like it’s the most important game of the season,” said Matt Greenberg ’10, who has been on the varsity team for four years. To prepare for the upcomingseason, coach and Staples alum, Kris Hrisovulos, has some goals for the team.

“We have a great team talent wise, but what I’m trying to really instill with the guys is that they need to come together as a team. If we can come together as a team, we have as good as a chance as the top two teams, Greenwich and New Canaan, to be champs,” Hrisovulos one singles player on the Varsity team, agreed with Hrisvulos saying they needed to work on,“teamchemistry”.

Getting practice time in, however, wasn’t easy considering the unpredictable weather conditions the past couple of weeks. “Unfortunately, some of the courts weren’t ready for use, but we managed to use the weekends,” Hrisovulos said.

As the match started, each of the athletes dispersed to six different courts where they faced their opponents. Hirschberg faced his opponent on the upper courts, beating him ’10 and Jordan Ratner ’10 played doubles on the lower courts and won 6-0, 6-0.

After the match, they described Danbury as “an average team.” Cam Marco, a freshman, won his first set 6-1 and his second set 6-1 at the number three singles spot. On April 8, the team had their second game of the season against

Ridgefield. Although they weren’t on their own courts, they still succeeded, winning their match six matches to one. Staples’ real test, though, will be on April 27, when the boys play against Greenwich their biggest game of the season.

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