WILTON — Even though the Wilton girls tennis team was playing on its home courts, unbeaten Staples remained the favorite to win Tuesday afternoon’s FCIAC championship match.
Less than two hours after the finals began, the top-seeded Wreckers had shown why.
Straight-set victories in two singles matches and two doubles contests gave Staples a 4-0 triumph over third-seed Wilton and a second consecutive conference title.
“We played really well today,” Staples coach Paco Fabian said. “Wilton is a very solid team … one of the best in the state … so we knew it wasn’t going to be easy. But our players fought. Every girl who was out there wanted to be part of the four points we needed to win.”
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Staples went ahead 1-0 as freshman Jordana Latzman romped to a 6-0, 6-1 triumph at third singles. The Wreckers then doubled their lead with a 7-5, 6-1 win from their top doubles team of Lily Smith and Olivia Gordy.
“We lost to them in the regular season … we lost to them in three sets. We won the first set and we sat back on our heels and let them take it from us,” Smith said in reference to Wilton’s first doubles team of Arden Lee and Amber Li. “We knew we had to push through it [today] and we won in two sets and it was the best feeling ever.”
Minutes later, the advantage was up to 3-0 as Luiza Cocito and Allison Katz finished off their 6-3, 6-1 win at third doubles.
Supplying the championship-clinching fourth point was second-singles player Amelia Galin, a freshman, who won her match 6-3, 6-2.
“It’s a young team this season and the freshmen have been a big reason why we are undefeated and were able to defend our [FCIAC] title,” Fabian said. “We have only two seniors … all of our singles players will be back next year.”
With the outcome decided, the remaining three matches were not finished. One of those was a marquee contest between Staples’ Alyssa DiMaio and Wilton’s Izzy Koziol — two of the state’s best players — at first singles. That match was tied at one set apiece when it was stopped.
“We knew it was going to be tough, going against the defending champs,” Wilton first-year head coach Rod Djaly-Thoby said. “All season we’ve been battling, and this match was no different. Although it didn’t go our way, I’m proud of my girls for how they fought and for reaching the finals. Wilton hasn’t done that in a while.”