Greenwich High

Greenwich boys, girls tennis teams edged by FCIAC rival New Canaan, 4-3

In tight matches, the Greenwich boys and girls tennis teams were defeated by New Canaan, 4-3, on Thursday. The Cardinals’ boys team hosted the Rams, while the girls teams traveled to play New Canaan.

The boys match at Greenwich saw New Canaan win three of the four singles matches and the Cardinals take two of the three doubles matchups.

“New Canaan is a good, solid team,” Greenwich boys coach Ray Marschall said. “I think we played them pretty evenly in a couple of matches we lost. There were a couple of games where a couple of points could have gone either way. Clearly the wind and cold weather didn’t help either player.”

At first singles, which was the last match that was completed, New Canaan senior Ben Graham posted a 7-6, 6-4 win over Greenwich senior Matthew Luzzi.

“I felt like I was in control of the match, until I started cramping in my calves and there was certainly a huge momentum shift there,” Luzzi said. “We got into a really tight 6-all game in the tiebreak and I kept trying to fight my way through. I was happy with the way I played under the circumstances I had with my body not being able to full cooperate with how I wanted to play.”

Sophomore Dylan Atkinson registered a 6-2, 6-4 win against New Canaan senior Saimonash Akavarama, 6-2, 6-4, at second singles. Shane Mettler, a sophomore, was victorious at third singles for the Rams, defeating Matthew Hunt, a freshman, 6-3, 6-1. In the No. 4 singles match, William Haddad was a 7-6, 6-4 winner against Zachary Toback.

“I’m happy with the way the guys played,” Marschall said. “They are starting to get to know each other, we have 15 new players, so I’m confident we’re going to start jelling more and more early in each set.”

In doubles action, brothers Andrew Zuo and Kevin Zuo posted a 6-2, 6-1 win against Greenwich’s Christian Fikre/Cai Jain at the No. 1 spot. At second doubles, junior Yuta Kawamura and sophomore Nick O’Brien of the Cardinals beat Scott Fitzgibbon and Gabriel Smock, 6-3, 6-1.

In the third doubles matchup, Cardinals seniors Seth Bier/Connor Sobieri won their match against Matthew Kim and Wyatt Stern, 6-1, 2-6, 7-5. Up next for Greenwich is a road match against Norwalk on Saturday morning.

New Canaan split the four singles matches and won two of the three doubles matchups to win the girls match against Greenwich. At first singles, sophomore Lexi McCall gave New Canaan a 6-0, 6-1 win. She defeated Cardinals sophomore Ivanna Diez de Bonilla.

Freshman Kyra Dybas was a 6-2, 6-3 winner for Greenwich against Valentine Zamora, 6-2, 6-3 at No. 2 singles. Serena Platt, a sophomore, edged Greenwich freshman Malena Schraa at third singles, 6-2, 5-7, 6-4. Cardinals junior Courteney Sheets came back to win her matchup at fourth singles, 5-7, 5-1, 6-3.

Jordyn Lee/Annabel Brown of the Rams, pulled out a three-set victory against Greenwich’s Abby Shropshire/Julia Tamis, 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 at first doubles. Charlotte Sigg/Natalie Thompson of the Rams notched a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Kira Popa/Emily Weinstein in the No. 2 doubles match.

At third doubles, sophomores Mei McGuinness/Valentina Rivano of the Cardinals combined for a 6-1, 6-3 win. Greenwich (3-3) hosts Norwalk on Saturday.

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