Lucas Ceballos-Cala and the Wreckers are going for titles this spring. / Photo by Andy Hutchison

By Andy Hutchison

WESTPORT — The Staples boys tennis team, coming off a tough 2023 season where they went 15-8 due to injuries before rallying for a deep post-season run, aim to contend for FCIAC and state championships in the new season.

Despite being the No. 12 seed in last spring’s Class LL tournament, the Wreckers reached the state championship before coming up short to rival Greenwich. The team looks primed to return to its championship form this season.

Coach Kris Hrisovulos has eight returning players and four newcomers and is optimistic about the potential of his lineup.

Top players Noah Wolff and Brett Lampert, both juniors, return fully healthy after having missed 90 percent of last season.

“With those two coming back to form and the strength and experience of juniors Lucas Ceballos-Cala, Mattie Guadarrama, Shreyas Gorre and seniors Hayden Frey, Jared Even and Clint Graham, the 2024 team looks ready to come back and contend for both the FCIAC and Class LL titles,” said the Staples coach.

The Wreckers have reached eight consecutive FCIAC championships before last year.

New additions to the team are junior Alex Cozzolino, sophomores Aleko Vergakis and Robert Jacob, and freshman Kiran Anand.

The Wreckers were originally scheduled to visit Avon on Monday, but the match was postponed. Staples will visit Weston at 3:30 p.m. Friday. The home opener is Monday, April 8, against Ridgefield at 4 p.m. (Game schedules are subject to change; click for the latest updates.

Andy Hutchison has been covering school sports — including Staples athletics — as well as news and feature stories in Fairfield County, since the 1990s.