New Canaan boys tennis seeks to defend FCIAC, state titles
After a State Championship, an FCIAC Championship and a county Championship run in 2010, the New Canaan boys tennis teams is right back into the swing of things with a 3-0 record to start to the campaign.
So far, New Canaan has claimed a 7-0 win against Norwalk, a 5-2 win over Fairfield Warde and a 4-3 win over Fox Lane, N.Y.
"We've got a lot coming back, but we lost three key players," New Canaan coach Dan Borgman said. "We're dealing with the bottom half of last years team, which I'm happy to say really improved over the course of the winter. Most of them have.--
As one of the "big three" along with fellow perennial powerhouses Greenwich and Staples, New Canaan is eyeing a repeat performance of last season's successes.
"Last year is as close to a perfect season as we could possibly have," junior captain Nick Laub said. "There's going to be a lot of competition because Greenwich and Staples are looking really good this year.
"The goals are definitely to try to repeat. It's going to be tough because we lost three top seniors last year, but we've had a few kids come up who made great strides over the winter," said Steven Evans, senior captain and third singles player. "I think it's definitely not outside the realm of possibility that we could do a repeat of last year."
With most of the team returning in 2010, the Rams have set their sights on another championship run.
"I think we have some young talent and nine guys returning from last year who know what it feels like to take home both FCIACs and States so I think we have a good combination of younger and older guys," Laub said. "We talk about how we got there last year and how we practiced last year, and we're trying to do the same things this year
Borgman, in his 40th season as New Canaan's tennis coach, indicated that he would go with the following lineup to start the season: senior Chase Urban at first singles, sophomore Will Burger at second singles, Evans at third singles, sophomore Tommy Worcester at fourth singles, sophomore Devin McVeigh at fifth singles, the tandem of juniors Patrick Newton and Jacob Reiss at first doubles and the tandem of senior Connor Hedley and sophomore Tim Casavant at second doubles. Borgman also said that Laub would eventually fit into the starting lineup, likely at second singles, but he was unavailable at the start of the season due to a back injury.
Although several New Canaan players stated that they're looking forward to competing with Greenwich and Staples, they will have a long wait to do so. The Rams will play at home against Staples on May 12 in the third to last meet of the regular season, and they will square off at Greenwich on May 17 in the final meet of the regular season.