Staples High’s girls tennis team captains are, from left, senior Chloe Francis and juniors Lola Lamensdorf and Maddie Hendley. / Contributed photo by Jennifer Wider

By Andy Hutchison

WESTPORT — The Staples High girls tennis team is powered by a mix of returning and newcomer talent as the Wreckers compete this spring in the always-challenging FCIAC.

Coach Jennifer Wider’s captains are senior Chloe Francis and juniors Lola Lamensdorf and Maddie Hendley.

Senior Sarah Marron, juniors Rhiya Anand, Bridget Menninger and Sadie Yanks, along with sophomore Isabel Alfageme, all return to the lineup. Sophomore Rachel Guzman joins a group of newcomers who will gain valuable experience and, Wider anticipates, find success early on in their varsity careers.

“This is really a rebuilding year for Staples girls tennis. We lost six seniors from our starting lineup, including two who won the states in doubles,” Wider said.

“But we were very fortunate to have some young talent join the varsity team this year including freshmen Tatum Keefe, Amelia Berkowitz and Aanya Ghandi,” the coach added.

“I think our strength lies not just in our skill, but also in our mental resilience and ability to work together as a team. I’m looking forward to a great season.”

The regular season begins Saturday, with an 11 a.m. visit to Branford. The team travels to Ridgefield on Monday, April 8, and then hosts New Canaan the next day — both matches start 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.