WESTPORT >> After going undefeated a year ago, winning an FCIAC and state title, the Staples boys’ tennis team was presented with a new challenge this spring: continuing to add to the chapters of the Staples tennis history.
So far, the Wreckers have done just that.
Thursday afternoon at Staples High, the Wreckers moved one step closer to another FCIAC crown as they defeated Wilton 4-1 in the FCIAC quarterfinals and improved to 19-0 on the season.
“We’re going to get every ones best chance and it’s playoff time, everyone wants to rise up to the occasion,” Staples head coach Kris Hrisovulos said. “We’ll be prepared for those scenarios.”
The victory also marked Staples’ 40th straight match win, a streak dating back to 2014.
But aside from the records and hardware, Staples is focused on the present and the job ahead of them.
“We had a great undefeated season but now we’re in the playoffs…one loss and you’re out,” said Will Andrews, Staples’ No. 2 singles player. “What we did in the regular season really doesn’t matter.”
Thursday, Staples swept the singles matches as Zach Levin beat Gerrit Galliard (6-1, 6-4) at No. 1, Andrews beat Ian Erickson 6-3, 6-1, Josh Moskovitz defeated Quentin Thouvenot (6-0, 6-1) and Max Zimmerman picked up a 6-1, 6-2 win over Tim Sullivan at No. 4.
In doubles, Wilton’s Ryan Black and Jordan Lord beat Brenden Price and Max Berger 6-2, 6-1.
Hrisovulos said the team has been very even keel about the win streak and a chance of repeating as conference and state champs.
“(It’s) just sticking to our philosophy, which is preparation and team bonding and team first attitude,” he said.
Added Andrews of what sets them apart: “I think it’s our team chemistry. We’re all really good friends and I think that shows on the court.”
Staples will face Ludlowe, which beat Darien, on Tuesday at home at 3:30 p.m. in the semifinals.