Greenwich downs Darien in boys tennis
DARIEN — The Greenwich boys tennis team made life fun and easy for coach Richard Lane Thursday afternoon at Darien.
The Cardinals took down the Blue Wave 5-2 after jumping out to a 4-1 lead, clinching the match early and allowing Lane relax and enjoy the well-played matches.
“It makes it easier for me to sit back and focus on helping people figure out what’s going well,” Lane said of the fast start. “Before we clinch there is that level of tension, and once that’s over we can concentrate on the Laner aspects of the game; I wish I could do that all the time.”
Greenwich’s Nos. 1 and 2 singles players won in short order; first with Will Blumberg downing Bobby Neuner 6-0, 6-0.
“I think I played pretty well,” Blumberg said. “The kid I played was really nice I got to talk to him a little bit, he told me he dislocated his knee like eight times so his movement was a little limited.”
Eric Toub also won in straight sets and said when things are going well early for the Cards (11-1) the positivity plays off itself.
“We all support each other a lot, I feel like there’s always a good energy and everyone’s cheering each other on,” Toub said. “So it’s good when Will starts out really well and then he’s cheering me on and it helps the team a lot.”
The match was clinched when No. 5 Henry Lewis edged out Darien’s Russell Mahaney in two tough sets; 6-4 and 7-5.
“Last year I played Russell as well and it went into three sets with him beating me so it’s nice to get some revenge,” Lewis said after his win. “But it’s always good tennis when I play against him, I have so much respect for him.”
Darien’s (7-4) two wins came at No. 3 singles when Mike Karr defeated Jacob Cohen 6-1, 6-3 and in an intense back-and-forth affair at No. 1 doubles, Harrison Walter and Cooper Murray beat Skylar Wasserman and Tyler Dagnino 1-6, 7-5, 10-7.
“It felt great,” Walter said of his match-winning shot. . “I saw 1,000 different situations playing out and none involved me hitting it in there but it felt great to do that.”
Greenwich’s Wasserman injured his ankle in the first set and fought through the setback to force the tiebreak.
“I rolled my ankle, I wanted to finish the match, it was tough,” Wasserman said. “It could have gone better but we gave it our all.”
Despite the loss Darien coach Hugh Underhill was happy with a good day of tennis.
“Great matches, we always love these matches,” Underhill said. “Would have loved to have won but it brings out the best in everybody, the kids are such great kids too, they’re all very polite, there wasn’t one bad call, it was really nice.”
Meanwhile with two games left Greenwich is sitting pretty with the conference and state playoffs around the corner.
“We just have to take care of business,” Lane said. “We have a match (Friday) against Trinity Catholic and then New Canaan Monday and if we take care of business we will be sitting comfortably for FCIACs.”
GREENWICH 5, DARIEN 2
Singles: Will Blumberg (G) def. Bobby Neuner 6-0, 6-0; Eric Toub (G) def. Tim Derby 6-1, 6-3; Mike Karr (D) def. Jacob Cohen 6-1, 6-3; Henry DeCoster (G) def. Luke Uhlman 6-3, 7-6; Henry Lewis (G) def. Russell Mahaney 6-4, 7-5. Doubles: Harrison Walter/Cooper Murray (D) def. Skylar Wasserman/Tyler Dagnino 1-6, 7-5, 10-7; Hayden Witmer/Josh Wood (G) def. Matt Martens/Ben Brown 6-2, 6-3. Records: Greenwich 11-1, Darien 7-4.