The 2019 GameTimeCT All-State Boys Tennis Team. Compiled by Dave Fierro. Photos by Hearst Connecticut Media. Designed by Pete Paguaga and Sean Patrick Bowley.
Player of the Year
Ilie continued his tradition of winning the CIAC Class LL Tournament singles title, garnering the championship medal for the second consecutive season. Yet this season, Ilie accomplished a first. The junior won his first State Open singles title, posting a 6-2, 6-3 win against Darien senior Michael Karr in the final. Ilie made it to the State Open finals by pulling out a 7-6 (5), 4-6, 7-6 (5) victory over Wilton senior Nick Condos in the semifinals. At the Class M Tournament, the top-seeded Ilie was a 6-4, 6-4 winner against Tolland’s Brennan Nick in the championship match. Ilie also won the M singles title in 2017 and 2018. He made his way back to the title match of the State Open, after losing in the finals last spring. Ilie, Trumbull’s No. 1 singles player during the regular season, registered a 10-0 record during the postseason.
Honors: Ilie has earned All-State accolades three times and has been named to the All-FCIAC team twice.
Tighe Brunetti, Staples: A singles player the majority of the regular season, Brunetti teamed up with Robert Daus for the postseason and the freshman duo made team history. The tandem became the first freshmen in the program’s history to win the Class LL and State Open doubles titles. Displaying outstanding chemistry from the start, the top-seeded duo were a perfect 5-0 in the Class LL doubles bracket, defeating Westhill’s Tyler Pomerance and Rohan Suryawanshi in the championship match. They carried their momentum into the State Open, which they also won by beating Suryawanshi and Pomerance in the finals.
Honors: All-State Team, All-FCIAC First Team doubles.
Nicholas Condos, Wilton: The senior enjoyed a standout senior season, advancing to the Class L finals and the State Open semifinals in the singles bracket. Seeded No. 1, Condos, who played at the first singles spot for the Warriors, went 5-1 in the Class L Tournament, his lone loss coming against Karr in the championship matchup, in three sets. He won his first five matches at the Class L tourney in straight sets. At the State Open, after winning in straight sets the first two rounds, Condos was edged by Trumbull’s Andrew Ilie – the eventual champion – in the semifinals in a marathon match, 7-6, (5), 4-6, 7-6 (5).
Honors: Condos received All-State and All-FCIAC Team honors. Wilton’s No. 1 singles player was chosen as the FCIAC MVP.
Prem Dave, Norwalk: Dave followed a strong freshman season with a stellar sophomore campaign, reaching the quarterfinal-round of both the Class LL and State Open competitions. He played at the No. 1 singles spot for the Bears and was consistent throughout the season. Dave won his State Open Round of 16 match in straight sets, before losing a hard-fought three-set matchup to Darien’s Michael Karr in the quarterfinals. In the Class LL tourney, Dave dropped a tough, 4-6, 6-3, 10-7 decision to Westhill’s Jordan Soifer in the quarterfinals.
Honors: First-Team All-FCIAC singles this season, Second Team All FCIAC singles in 2018.
Robert Daus, Staples: Like his doubles partner Tighe Brunetti, Daus won a number of key singles matches throughout the regular season for the Wreckers, before joining forces with Brunetti. The duo advanced to the Class LL championship doubles match with a 6-4, 6-3 win against Greenwich seniors Nick Liu and Hayden Witmer. They defeated Westhill’s Tyler Pomerance and Rohan Suryawanshi in the finals, 6-4, 6-2. In the State Open, the Staples’ duo edged the Westhill tandem for the title, 7-5, 7-6 (13-11).
Honors: All-State Team, All-FCIAC Second Team singles.
Gianni Esposito, Guilford: A junior, Esposito advanced to the quarterfinal-round of the Class L Tournament and made it to the quarterfinals in the singles bracket of the State Open. He followed an impressive regular season at first singles for Guilford by going 5-2 during the postseason. His win at the State Open came against Staples’ Eric Stein in the Round of 16.
Honors: Esposito is a two-time All-SCC Team selection.
Brett Gloria, Amity: Gloria made it to the semifinal-round of the Class LL tournament as the No. 5 seed, losing to top-seeded champion Andrew Ilie of Trumbull. He was a straight-set winner in his first four rounds at the Class LL tourney. He was defeated by Norwalk’s Prem Dave in the Round of 16 match at the State Open. Gloria led Amity’s singles lineup, playing at the No. 1 spot.
Honors: All-SCC Division I Singles Team.
Josh Israel, Daniel Hand: The sophomore was sensational at first singles for the Tigers, who finished another regular season undefeated and repeated as SCC champions. Hand, which hasn’t lost a regular season match since the 2016 season, was paced by Israel in the Class L Tournament. Israel’s appearance in the singles semifinals enabled the Tigers to place third in the team standings in the tournament. Seeded third, Israel went 4-1 in the Class L tourney, winning three matches in straight sets. His loss occurred in the semifinal round against Class L champion Michael Karr, who rallied to win the match, 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (5). At the State Open, Israel advanced to the quarterfinal-round, after winning his Round of 16 match in straight sets.
Honors: Israel has been an All-SCC and All-State Team selection his first two seasons on the squad.
Karr, a senior, recorded a superb season in his first year back with the team since he was a freshman. Taking over at the No. 1 singles spot, Karr went undefeated during the regular season and carried his success into the postseason, sparking the Blue Wave to the FCIAC title. In the Class L Tournament, Karr, seeded first, won his first three matches, 6-0, 6-0. After winning his quarterfinal-round match against Xavier’s Matthew Fuffo, 6-0, 6-1, he came back to beat Daniel Hand’s Josh Israel, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 in the semifinals.
Karr’s match against Wilton’s Nicholas Condos in the finals was one of the best matches of the postseason. Karr edged Condos, 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-5) in the championship match that lasted almost three hours. In the State Open, Karr lost to Trumbull’s Andrew Ilie in the finals, 6-2, 6-3. Karr advanced to the finals by posting a 6-3, 7-5 semifinal victory against Westhill’s Jordan Soifer and pulled out a 5-7, 7-6 (3) win over Prem Dave of Norwalk in the quarterfinals.
Honors: Karr earned First Team All-FCIAC singles accolades and was an All-State performer for the FCIAC and Class L team champion Blue Wave.
Up next: Karr will play tennis at Butler University.
Jordan Soifer, Westhill: Soifer, a senior, was a finalist in the Class LL Tournament and a semifinalist in the State Open. Seeded seventh, he won five of his six matches in the Class LL singles bracket and lost a three-setter to Andrew Ilie of Trumbull in the title match. The State Open saw him move on to the semifinals, where he lost to finalist Michael Karr of Darien. Soifer starred at first singles during the regular season for a resurgent Westhill squad.
Honors: Soifer earned All-State Team honors by advancing to the Class LL singles semifinals this spring and is a three-time All-FCIAC selection.
Eric Stein, Staples: The senior capped his career for the Class LL team champion Wreckers by excelling at first singles during the regular season. A consistent player at the top spot, he led a deep, singles lineup. Stein was 4-1 at the LL tournament as the No. 3 seed and made it to the semifinals. At the State Open, he lost in the Round of 16 to Guilford’s Gianni Esposito. He also paced a Staples squad that advanced to the championship match of the FCIAC Tournament and was on three conference championship squads.
Honors: All-FCIAC First Team singles selection this season. All-State honors this spring.
Jonathan Trevethan, Berlin: Trevethan claimed another first-place medal in singles competition, winning the Class M title for the second straight season. The senior, who played first singles for Berlin during the regular season, beat Brennan Nick of Tolland in the final, 6-4, 6-4. The top-seeded Trevethan finished 6-0 in the tournament and advanced to the finals by rallying to beat Weston’s Grady Tarzian in the semifinals, 3-6, 6-3, 6-3. Trevethan was unable to compete in the State Open due to other commitments. He defeated 2018 Weston graduate Sebastian Casellas in last season’s class singles final.
Honors: Trevethan was selected as a member of the All-CCC Team in all four of his season’s on the squad. He is a three-time All-State honoree.
Up next: Trevethan will join the Roger Williams University tennis team in the fall.
|Luke Crowley||New Canaan||Sr.|
|Jason Lee||New Canaan||Sr.|
|Jack Moore||New Canaan||Jr.|
|Drew Morris||St. Joseph||Soph.|