Staples defeats Fairfield Warde

Staples 7 Warde 0

On a chilly Tuesday afternoon, the Staples boys tennis team took care of business in their 7-0 victory against Fairfield Warde.

The Staples Wreckers improved to 8-0 in FCIAC play, while the Mustangs dropped to 4-3, their only other losses coming to division powerhouses Greenwich and New Canaan.

Staples’ Graham Hyman was the first one off the courts in his solid victory over Eyad Nagori at #2 singles, winning 6-2, 6-2. The Wreckers captain had this to say about his performance: “It was a great win considering I had been struggling recently, and it gives me a lot of confidence going into the second half of the season.”

Jake Hirschberg continued his dominance at #1 singles, beating Warde’s Ted Berkowitz 2-6, 6-4, 6-1. In spite of a tough first set, Hirschberg came from behind and knocked off a strong competitor who has given him plenty of problems in the past.

Also winning in the singles lineup for Staples were Josh Moskovitz at #3 over Devon Pulton, 6-3, 6-4, Connor Mitnick at #4 over Peter Simmonds, 6-1, 6-0, and Jack Reardon at #5, who overcame tightness and fatigue to defeat Kanav Kumar, 6-4, 5-7, 10-5.

At #2 doubles, Baxter Stein and Evan Davis managed to eek out a tight first set, and still come back strong in the second, defeating Fairfield’s Connor McGuiness and Sam Warnick, 7-6(3), 6-0.

In the match of the day, Staples’ Zack Levin and Steve Thomson beat the previously undefeated duo of Adam Werner and Kevin Sullivan at #1 doubles, 6-1, 3-6, 7-6(6). Despite facing a match point in the third set tiebreaker, the Staples team fought back, hitting a beautifully placed lob over the heads of the helpless Warde players to clinch the match for the Wreckers.

Staples’ next match is away at St. Joes, while Fairfield Warde faces crosstown rival Fairfield Ludlowe at home.

— by contributing writer Luke Foreman

1. Jake Hirschberg (S) def. Ted Berkowitz (W) 2-6,6-4,6-1
2. Graham Hyman (S) def. Eyad Nagori (W) 6-2,6-2
3. Josh Moskovitz (S) def. Devon Pulton (W) 6-3,6-4
4. Connor Mitnick (S) def. Peter Simmonds (W) 6-1,6-0
5. Jack Reardon (S) def. Kanav Kumar (W) 6-4,5-7,10-5
1. Steve Thomson / Zack Levin (S) def. Adam Werner / Kevin Sullivan (W) 6-1,3-6,7-6(6)
2. Evan Davis / Baxter Stein (S) def. Connor McGuiness / Sam Warnick (W) 7-6(3),6-0

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Next Matches:
Thursday, April 26: At St. Joseph

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