Staples beats New Canaan to secure #2 seed in FCIAC Tournament

Staples 5 New Canaan 2

1.  Jake Hirschberg (S) def. Nick Laub (N)  6-1,2-6,6-1
2.  Will Burger (N) def. Graham Hyman (S)  6-1,6-3
3.  Tommy Worcester (N) def. Josh Moskovitz (S)  6-0,6-1
4.  Connor Mitnick (S) def. Devin McVeigh (N)  6-2,2-6,6-2
5.  Jack Reardon (S) def. Tim Casavant (N)  7-5,6-2
1.  Steve Thomson / Zack Levin (S) def. Patrick Newton / Jacob Reiss (N)  7-5,2-6,6-3
2.  Evan Davis / Baxter Stein (S) def. Luke McDermott / Andrew Penchuk (N)  6-3,6-0
Match order of finish: 3S, 2S,5S,1S,4S,1D(clinching match),2D

Despite losing the first two matches, the Staples boys tennis team fought back to defeat New Canaan, 5-2, and clinch the #2 seed in what looks to be a very interesting FCIAC tournament. With the win, Staples finishes their season at 15-1 in conference play, while New Canaan falls to 13-3 in 2012. First off the court was New Canaan’s #3 singles player, Tommy Worcester, who used his strength to his advantage in a 6-0, 6-1 victory over his Staples counterpart, Josh Moskovitz. New Canaan increased its lead with a win at #2 singles, when Will Burger defeated Staples’ Graham Hyman, 6-1, 6-3.

Down 4-0 in the first set, Staples’ Jack Reardon dug himself out of a hole to defeat New Canaan’s Tim Casavant at #5 singles, 7-5, 6-2. After splitting matches with him last year, Staples’ Jake Hirschberg used his team’s momentum and a strong third set to defeat Colgate bound senior, Nick Laub, 6-1, 2-6, 6-1, and tie the overall match score at two apiece. Soon after Connor Mitnick gave Staples the lead with a 6-2, 2-6, 6-2 victory over New Canaan’s Devin McVeigh at #4 singles, the #1 doubles team of Steve Thomson and Zack Levin gave Staples the victory, beating the duo of Patrick Newton and Jacob Reiss in a three set thriller, 7-5, 2-6, 6-3. Once the match was clinched, Staples’ second doubles team of Evan Davis and Baxter Stein defeated New Canaan’s Luke McDermott and Andrew Penchuk, 6-3, 6-0 to secure Staples’ 5-2 victory.

Staples plays #7 Seed Fairfield Ludlowe (there was a three-way tie for sixth place with Warde and Darien – Darien won #6 seed on coin tosses and Ludlowe won #7 place having beaten Warde head-to-head) at home in the first round of FCIAC’s, while New Canaan has a tough match against Westhill, also at home.

– by contributing writer Luke Foreman

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Next Match:
Monday, May 21 – FCIAC Quarterfinals at home vs. #7 Ludlowe (Time TBD)
Tuesday, May 22 – FCIAC Semis (at Staples vs #3 Ridgefield/#6 Darien at Westport if Staples wins Monday)
Thurs, May 24 – FCIAC finals at Wilton (if rain indoors at Shippan, Stamford)

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