Sporting a 16-match winning streak, the Greenwich High boys tennis team is flying high headed into Wednesday’s FCIAC title match against Staples High.
The stage is set for a rematch of last year’s title match while Staples will be looking to avenge their earlier regular season loss to the Cardinals which snapped their 46-match winning streak on April 18.
A 4-0 victory over Darien on Monday puts Greenwich and Staples in the conference championship at the only court that the Cardinals dropped a match all year long.
“I think our loss against Wilton High caught us off guard,” said GHS head coach Richard Lane, referring to his team’s 2-5 loss to Wilton on April 11. “I felt good going into that match, but we didn’t get the result we wanted. It was pretty early on in the season, and I think the number in the loss column bugged people.”
The loss sparked the Cardinals to win the rest of their remaining regular season matches, with the extra motivation to get back to the FCIAC finals fueling them.
“It was a moment of frustration for us,” Lane said. “I think every match has been a little bit more intense. We didn’t want to lose again.”
The Cardinals took care of business Monday as in No. 1 singles, Will Blumberg beat Wilton’s Bobby Neuner 6-1, 6-3.
In No. 2 singles, Eric Toub defeated Tim Derby 6-1, 6-0 and in No. 4 singles, Jacob Cohen took down Luke Uhlman 6-2, 6-1
In doubles play, the duo of Henry Lewis and Josh Wood beat Darien’s Matt Martens and Ben Brown 6-2, 6-3.
The match was called after Greenwich clinched the FCIAC finals berth and Lane says his team is more than ready for the next challenge at hand.
“Henry Lewis jumped over to doubles and he’s doing really, really well,” Lane said. “He’s a quick learner. He has been predominantly a singles player so it’s a tough transition for him. His partner Josh Wood talks him through situations. Watching them play today was encouraging. I’m pretty sure Henry will play in doubles for us in states.”
“This is what it’s all about. We had our conversation at the beginning of the season about our goals. No. 1 is states, No. 2 is FCIACs.”
The FCIAC Championship match will be held Wednesday, May 25 at Wilton High School at 4:00 p.m.