Greenwich High

Greenwich boys tennis team defeats Danbury in FCIAC Tournament

Photo by David Fierro: The Greenwich boys tennis team gathers prior to its FCIAC Tournament match against Danbury.

The Greenwich High School boys tennis team didn’t drop a single set on its way to defeating Danbury, 7-0, in the first round of the FCIAC Tournament on Thursday.

The sixth-seeded Cardinals advanced to the quarterfinal-round of the tournament with the victory against the 11th-seeded Hatters. The quarterfinals are scheduled to take place on Tuesday.

Sophomore Dylan Atkinson received the start at No. 1 singles Thursday for the Cardinals, who shuffled their lineup against the Hatters. Atkinson posted a 6-0, 6-1 win. At second singles, Yuta Kawamura was victorious for Greenwich, 6-1, 6-0. Sophomore Zachary Toback got a chance to play third singles and promptly registered a 6-2, 6-2 win.

Photo by David Fierro: Greenwich advanced to the quarterfinal-round of the FCIAC Boys Tennis Tournament.

In doubles play, seniors Colin Speaker and Christian Fikre swept their way to a 6-0, 6-0 win for the Cardinals at the No. 1 spot. Sophomores Cai Jain/Nick O’Brien were 6-0, 6-0 winners at second doubles, as were senior Sebastian Yamasoto and junior Lucas Piccininno at third doubles.

Greenwich senior captain Matthew Luzzi, the team’s No. 1 singles player, took Thursday’s match off against Danbury. He will be back at No. 1 singles in the Cards’ quarterfinal-round match on Tuesday. Luzzi has seen the team improve as the season has progressed.

“The team has definitely gained a lot more experience and chemistry as a team,” Luzzi said. “We have definitely improved throughout the season and even though we’ve had some losses, we have stepped up at certain positions, especially at the doubles side.”

The Cardinals captain has more than held his own as the team’s No. 1 singles player – an ultra-challenging position in the FCIAC.

“I’ve learned how to perform well, multi-tasking with being captain,” Luzzi said. “I’m pretty much ready for the FCIAC and perform well in my singles matches.”

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