WILTON >> For the Staples boys’ tennis team, Thursday afternoon, celebrating winning the program’s second straight FCIAC title, still felt like a new experience.
The Wreckers defeated Greenwich 4-0 in a weather delayed match that started at Wilton High and finished at the Intensity indoor courts in Norwalk.
“It’s great, it’s unbelievable…something that very few teams do,” Staples head coach Kris Hrisovulos said of winning. “These guys are always hungry and it was like we’d never won.”
The victory marked the program’s 42nd straight victory that dates back to an undefeated season last spring.
Staples’ win over Greenwich, a powerhouse program that beat the Wreckers in the FCIAC final from 2011-13, was also a sign of where the Wreckers’ program has come and where it plans to go.
“We always look up to Greenwich as our rival,” Hrisovulos said. “They’ve gotten the better end of us for many years. But it’s unbelievable to see how far the program has gone.”
Hrisovulos said at Thursday’s match, support for the team was there from up and comers in the eighth grade, to individuals who graduated Staples three or four years ago.
Staples’ Will Andrews, Max Zimmerman and Josh Moskovitz all won all singles.
Up 3-0 at Wilton and the No. 1 singles match drawing to a close, lightning and thunder rolled in and forced a delay. As rain shortly followed, the match moved to Intensity in Norwalk.
Staples’ senior Zach Levin, who has played multiple roles for the team in his four years, was able to close out his match and clinch the victory for the team at the No. 1 spot.
“It was very special,” Hrisovulos said. “He wanted this the whole time. He was so amped to play…he’s been a big-time player and he stepped it up.”
Staples will now prepare to defend its Class LL state title. Hrisovulos said the ultimate goal at the beginning of the season was to win two championships.
“The guys are hungry,” he said. “By all means it’s not going to be easy, but we’re also a very confident group and if we stick to our philosophy then we’ll be right there.”