Caleb Fockens, Greenwich: The sophomore consistently produced winning results at the second singles slot for the Cardinals, who finished as the runner-up in both the FCIAC and Class LL tournaments. His freshman season saw him advance to the Round of 16 of the Class LL singles tournament. He figures to be difficult to beat near the top of Greenwich’s singles lineup.
Taishi Hosokawa, Norwalk: The senior formed a doubles team with teammate Prem Dave during the postseason and the duo won the 2018 Class LL and State Open titles. Hosokawa and Dave won each of their three matches at the State Open in three sets and won four of their five matches at the Class LL tourney in two sets. Hosokawa earned All-FCIAC honors as a singles player, after winning the majority of his matches.
Noah Gulla, Daniel Hand: During his junior season in 2018, Gulla went undefeated, while playing second and third singles for Hand, which captured the SCC and Class L tournament titles. An All-State First Team selection, Gulla teamed up with Rob Israel (2018 graduate) in the Class L tournament and they proceeded to win the Class L doubles title. The duo advanced to the semifinal-round of the State Open doubles bracket. Gulla was named the Most Outstanding Player in the 2018 SCC Tournament.
Andrew Ilie, Trumbull: Ilie had a sophomore season to remember, winning the 2018 State Open and Class LL singles titles. He defeated Staples senior Evan Felcher for the championship, after edging Darien senior Bobby Neuner in the semifinals in three sets. He went 4-0 at the State Open, after winning all of his matches at the CIAC Class LL Championships. As the No. 2 seed at the Class LL tournament, Ilie won all six of his matches, including a hard-fought three-set win vs. Felcher in the finals. A member of the All-State and All-FCIAC teams, Ilie, who is recognized as a five-star recruit, should be ready to pick up where he left off last season at the No. 1 singles spot for Trumbull.
Joshua Israel, Daniel Hand: A sophomore, Israel put together a 23-2 record in singles play last spring for the SCC and Class L team champions. His first four matches at the Class L competition in 2018 were straight set victories. His loss came in the Class L semifinals. An All-SCC selection, he also qualified for the State Open last season.
Justin Speaker, Greenwich: Speaker stepped into the No. 1 singles spot for the Cardinals last spring and was consistent throughout. He followed a winning regular season by posting a 4-1 record at the Class LL singles tournament, advancing to the semifinal-round. At the State Open Championships, he made it to the quarterfinals, where he lost to Notre Dame-West Haven’s Andrew Forchetti (2018 graduate). Speaker earned All-State and All-FCIAC team accolades.
Jordan Soifer, Westhill: The Vikings junior had a standout regular season in 2018, then carried his strong singles play into the Class LL tourney, where he won his first three matches in straight sets. An All-FCIAC Team selection, Soifer lost to Staples’ Ben Stein in the Class LL quarterfinals. Active on USTA junior circuit, Soifer brings experience and great skill to the top of the Vikings’ singles lineup.
Brian Song, Ridgefield: Song sparked the Tigers at the No. 1 singles spot during the regular season, then advanced to the quarterfinal-round of the Class LL tournament. A junior, Song was named to the All-FCIAC Team and should be primed for another successful spring.
Eric Stein, Staples: Flourishing in both doubles and singles action, Stein was a versatile player for the Wreckers, who have won 55 straight matches as a team dating back to the 2016 season. The senior should move up in the singles lineup this season.
Jack Tooker, Staples: Tooker provided quality depth in singles play for the Wreckers during their FCIAC and Class LL championship season last spring. When the postseason tournaments commenced he teamed up with Eric Greenberg (2018 graduate) and they proceeded to advance to the Class LL tournament doubles final, where they lost to Norwalk’s Taishi Hosokawa and Prem Dave of Norwalk. They also made it to the championship doubles match at the State Open, where they were also defeated by Norwalk’s duo. Tooker, a senior, should be one of the Wrecker’s man singles players this spring, as the team seeks to add more titles to its ledger.
Jonathan Trevethan, Berlin: The senior turned in a dominant 2018 campaign, going 25-1 in singles competition, spanning the regular season and the CCC and Class M tournaments. An All-CCC and All-State selection, Trevethan won the Class M singles title, going 6-0, while not dropping a single set in the process. Look for him to lead the squad at the No. 1 singles spot again this spring.