WESTPORT>> Staples boys’ head tennis coach Kris Hrisovulos knows firsthand what it takes to be the best.
Hrisovulos was a key part of some of the best years in the program as a player from 1998-2000. That included a few FCIAC Championships, state titles and undefeated seasons.
Now flash forward to the spring of 2014, where Hrisovulos is in his fifth year at the helm, and has this Staples squad in prime position to match that success, and possibly succeed it.
“He does have a lot more experience that maybe some of the other coaches, and his doubles experience, it’s helped me personally,” senior Jack Reardon said.
“He was part of one of the best teams in Staples history and he knows what it takes to get to that level,” senior Luke Foreman said.
As of Monday evening, the Wreckers were 14-0 and the only undefeated team in the FCIAC.
What’s propelled the Wreckers to such a good season, again, goes back to the history. From when Hrisovulos was playing, Staples has built a model of consistency that the players have bought into. Staples returned 10 players and have depth that is unmatched and can interchange.
“I think the reason for our success is everyone is so much more concerned about the team success,” Foreman said. “It’s not about the individual success, so they are willing to play wherever they need to.”
Hrisovulos said there are no issues with this team and they all get along. He’s hesitant to point out a top player as there’s been a steady balance, but mentioned Forman has taken on a key leadership role that’s made the team even better.
“Luke is the heartbeat and energy that dictates our team,” Hrisovulos said.
He also commented that with the experience and depth, the players came into the season and ready to go.
“They came in like a very oil-machined,” Hrisovulos said. “We are playing our best tennis from Day one.”
Through 14 matches the Wreckers have won 7-0 in all but five. Now the task the Wreckers face is becoming the first team in program history to win a Class LL and FCIAC title.
“If that’s a road that goes through being perfect then that’s great,” Hrisovulos said.
The Wreckers face four more FCIAC teams, which started on Tuesday with Trumbull. They face rival Greenwich on Monday and close out the regular season facing Southern Connecticut Conference powerhouse Amity.
Hrisovulos said he makes an effort to schedule out of conference teams to have the best possible lineup.
“If you want to beat the best, you have to play the best,” he said.
Foreman and Reardon, who were freshmen when the team won a state title in 2011, are hoping to end the season on a high note.
“It would just be the best way possible to end our career by beating Greenwich, and then go for that FCIAC and state title,” Reardon said.