• After winning the West Division, Staples Girls Tennis are the Runners-Up for the CIAC Class L Tournament and the FCIAC Tournament

  • Megan Brown wins the Scholar Athlete Award for the Girls Tennis team!

  • Staples Girls Varsity Tennis Team Celebrates Paco Fabian Being Selected as the FCIAC Girls Tennis Coach of 2017!

  • The team celebrates Senior Day!

Results
Glastonbury 4 - 3 Staples
June 1, 2017 - 3:00 am Report
Staples (State Semis) 6 - 1 Greenwich
May 31, 2017 - 3:00 pm Report
Staples 5 - 2 Wilton
May 30, 2017 - 3:00 pm Report
Staples 7 - 0 Newtown
May 27, 2017 - 12:30 pm Report
Staples 3 - 4 Darien
May 23, 2017 - 4:00 pm Report
Staples 6 - 1 New Canaan
May 19, 2017 - 2:00 pm Report
Staples 7 - 0 Ridgefield
May 17, 2017 - 4:00 pm Report
Danbury 0 - 7 Staples
May 16, 2017 - 2:30 pm Report
Staples 7 - 0 St. Joseph
May 15, 2017 - 4:00 pm Report
Staples 7 - 0 Fairfield Ludlowe
May 11, 2017 - 4:00 pm Report
Staples 5 - 2 Weston
May 10, 2017 - 4:00 pm Report
New Canaan 0 - 7 Staples
May 8, 2017 - 4:00 pm Report
Staples 4 - 3 Darien
May 6, 2017 - 3:00 pm Report
Ridgefield 0 - 7 Staples
May 4, 2017 - 4:00 pm Report
Westhill 1 - 6 Staples
May 3, 2017 - 4:00 pm Report
Staples 7 - 0 Stamford
May 1, 2017 - 4:00 pm Report
Brien McMahon 0 - 7 Staples
April 28, 2017 - 4:00 pm Report
Glastonbury 2 - 5 Staples
April 26, 2017 - 4:00 pm Report
Staples 7 - 0 Greenwich
April 20, 2017 - 4:00 pm Report
Bridgeport Central 0 - 7 Staples
April 18, 2017 - 4:00 pm Report
Trumbull 0 - 7 Staples
April 17, 2017 - 4:00 pm Report
Staples 5 - 0 Norwalk
April 11, 2017 - 10:00 am Report
Staples 6 - 1 Wilton
April 10, 2017 - 12:00 pm Report
Joel Barlow 0 - 7 Staples
April 8, 2017 - 2:00 pm Report
Fairfield Warde 0 - 7 Staples
April 7, 2017 - 4:00 pm Report
Staples 7 - 0 Trinity Catholic
April 3, 2017 - 4:00 pm Report
Staples Wins State Championship 5 - 2 Greenwich
June 3, 2016 - 2:30 pm Report

  • Staples Girls Tennis Team Advances to CIAC Semifinals
  • Staples girls tennis fends off Wilton
  • Staples spring preview: Girls tennis out to defend Class L title

Staples Girls Tennis Team Advances to CIAC Semifinals

Westport Now –Tuesday, May 30, 2017

The Staples girls varsity tennis team today advanced to the semifinals of the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC) tournament after defeating Wilton 5-2. Following the match, the team celebrated their coach, Paco Fabian, on his election as Fairfield County Interscholastic Conference (FCIAC) Girls Tennis Coach of 2017. The CIAC semifinals will be played at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Staples.

 

Staples girls tennis fends off Wilton

Westport – The Staples girls tennis team had yet to be tested in any of first three contests of the season.

That changed in a big way against Wilton Monday. Three three-set matches pushed Staples farther than it had and the nerves were certainly there. As the afternoon extended though, the Wreckers talent shone through.

The Wreckers remained undefeated with a 6-1 win over the Warriors, which included several pressure-packed moments. With lofty goals for May and the season only a week old, Staples coach Paco Fabian was pleased with the way his team responded.

“We had to rise and play our best and Wilton was a really good team”, Fabian said. “I think Wilton will be one of the top of teams in the FCIAC and it was good for our girls to get pushed. We really stepped up when it mattered in the third sets.”

Staples’ newest addition came in the form of freshman Alyssa DiMaio, one of the top ranked players in her age group. DiMaio beat Wilton sophomore Natalie Ivanov 7-5, 6-0; a win that may not have gone to the Wreckers in previous seasons.

“It’s something that we haven’t had in years”, Fabian said. “Alyssa is a phenomenal freshman and she’s going to keep improving as the season goes on and all of these close matches are good for her. It makes that much better than we were in the past to have a standout No. 1 player.”

Her presence has allowed teammates Vanessa Mauricio and Tess Rubin, who is currently sidelined, to slide down in the order and dominate the lower singles spots. With all the pieces in place, the Wreckers are fielding one of the most complete teams they’ve ever had.

“This is the deepest team we’ve had so far”, said Wreckers doubles player Megan Brown. “Every position is important on and off the court. Any player can pretty much play every position.”

Mauricio beat Wilton’s Jelena Sypher 6-2, 6-1 and filling in at No. 4 singles, Olivia Gordy beat Cara Kilmartin 6-1, 5-7, 6-0.

The Wreckers swept all three doubles, though the No. 1 team of Brown and Kristin Butler got an unexpected test from Rachel Low and Amber Li. Brown and Butler took the first set 6-2, but fell 7-5 in set two. The pair regrouped quickly, and dominated the third set 6-0.

“They were a really great team it just came down to us building our moment in the third set and keeping the pace fast”, Brown said. “We definitely had to adjust, we tried to counter their strategy. We had to get on our game as fast as possible.”

Hannah Bjorkman and Gabriela Vega beat Kira Essig and Arden Lee at No. 2 doubles 6-0, 6-3 and Lily Smith and Grace Connell beat Meghan Golden and Alix Wadehra 6-0, 6-0 in the final doubles spot.

The Warriors entered the game on the back of wins over Westhill and Norwalk to start the season, and showed its mettle against the Wreckers. Playing at the No. 2 singles spot Isabella Koziol another standout freshman rallied to top Olivia Foster 5-7, 6-3, 6-1 in a two-and-a-half-hour marathon battle.

“They have some very good players and Wilton is going to be good for years to come, Fabian said. They’ve stepped up and their top two singles players are very good; they make their program a lot better.”

Staples spring preview: Girls tennis out to defend Class L title

WESTPORT – Defending state champions has a nice ring to it.

Thanks to its arch rival 15 miles down the road, keeping that accolade is going to be a stern task for the Staples girls tennis team, which enters this spring with virtually every top contributor back from a year ago.

But to earn any hardware for a second straight season, the Wreckers who went 22-2 last year will have to topple the Darien Blue Wave, who won the FCIAC tournament but were disqualified from states. Darien handed Staples both of its losses last year, including one in the FCIAC final.

The ingredients are there for change in the guard, though, as Staples possesses several seniors who have helped the program improve virtually every season under Paco Fabian’s watch.

 

Olivia Foster of the Staples Wreckers hits a backhand return during the CIAC Class L Tennis Championship against the Greenwich Cardinals at the Trumbull Racquet Club on June 3, 2016 in Trumbull, Connecticut. Photo: Gregory Vasil / For Hearst Connecticut Media

 

“This is the year we’ve talked about for a long time”, Fabian said. “We said that this was going to be our peak season. Win or lose it will be the one of the best teams Staples has ever in terms of the most talent. At the same time we’re going to have to play well.”

Depth will be one of the main strength for the Wreckers once again, an attribute that they’ve prided themselves on in Paco Fabian’s four-plus year stint with the group. Seniors Tess Rubin and Vanessa Mauricio lead a singles lineup that also features Olivia Foster and highly-rated freshman Alyssa DiMaio.

Likely no team in the state has won more doubles matches than the Wreckers over the past three years, and that pattern may hold true this spring. Senior Megan Brown and junior Kristin Butler return for a third straight season as a tandem; the pair have reached the State Open quarterfinals the last two seasons and hope to go all the way this term.

“Kristin is a powerful player”, Fabian said. “She’s very aggressive, has a lot of skills and one of the most talented girls on the whole team. Megan is more of a consistent player; she can keep the ball in play for a long time. Those styles work well together.”

Juniors Gabriela Vega and Hannah Bjorkman also return for a third straight season; they reached the round of 16 at the State Open a year ago. There are several players vying for the final doubles spot, including Luiza Cocito, Olivia Gordy and Lilly Smith.

The Wreckers don’t face the Blue Wave in the regular season until May 2, but they will have other challenging matches on the schedule. Staples hosts Greenwich April 20 and will make a trip to Glastonbury in a rematch of last season’s 4-3 Staples win in the Class L semis.

Whether or not the Blue Wave are there are not, Staples has hopes of making 2017 a special season.

“Our goal is to peak at the end of the season and win one of the tournaments”, Fabian said. “We don’t worry about who we’re playing against or what the other teams are doing.”

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