Darien boys tennis team falls to Greenwich, defeats Norwalk
In its season-opening meet on Wednesday, the Darien boys tennis team fell 6-1 to Greenwich, though several matches were competitive.
At first singles, Darien freshman Thorne Gregory pushed Zack Nicklaus to the end before falling 6-2, 6-4.
Darien No. 5 singles player Jeff Sload played through a blister on his hand and almost gutted out a win before being defeated 7-5, 6-2 by Axel Hebrand.
Darien's top doubles team of Dom Hansford and Nick Howe fell to Chris Salisbury and Dickson Hollister 6-2, 6-0, but nearly every game could have gone either way with multiple deuces and game point chances.
Darien rebounded with a 6-1 win over Norwalk on Thursday.
Darien's No. 2 singles player Alex Swords played a tough opponent in Norwalk's Kenji Hosokawa, but he had his canon serve working and applied constant pressure the whole match to claim a 6-3, 6-2 victory.
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Norwalk got its lone win at first singles where Seiji Hosokawa defeated Thorne Gregory 6-3, 7-5.
Darien swept No. 3-5 singles (Sammy Alptekin defeated Kevin Pisacrita 6-3, 6-0, Brad D'Alelio bested Steven Gaparini 6-1, 6-1 and Tyler Hatfield took down Matthew Favazzo 6-0, 6-0).