WOODBRIDGE \u2014 The Hand boys tennis team secured the Southern Connecticut championship a little more than an hour into its match against Fairfield Prep Tuesday. Sebastien Lowy was aware of the victory as his match was still going on. But the co-captain and No. 1 singles player from Hand wanted to add to the total and to complete his career in league play on a high note. Soon, everyone was focused on Lowy\u2019s match, the last one still gong. The third set against Prep\u2019s Luke Levanet was determined to be a 10-point tiebreaker. It needed more than that. Lowy prevailed 12-10, adding another point to the final total, a 5-2 victory for the top-seeded Tigers. \u201cIt was certainly personal,\u201d said Lowy, the tournament\u2019s Most Outstanding Player. \u201cI\u2019m just a competitive person. I really wanted to finish my SCC career on a strong note, finish out with a win. Luckily, I was able to play a little bit better and grind out a win. \u2026 This team match was probably the one I wanted to win the most.\u201d It is the fourth consecutive league championship for the Tigers (19-1), who last lost a final, ironically, to Prep in 2017. It\u2019s Hand\u2019s seventh title overall. Hand coach Dawn Fagerquist wasn\u2019t sure what to expect after the departure of Josh Israel, a two-time New Haven Register Area MVP, last season. The Tigers came into the season with a long regular-season winning streak, but still some questions. Avon snapped that winning streak at 75 on April 18. But the Tigers got stronger as the year wore on and when it came time for the SCC tournament, Hand, as usual, didn\u2019t disappoint. \u201cThere were days I didn\u2019t think we\u2019d beat Prep again, or Amity or Notre Dame (West Haven),\u201d Fagerquist said. \u201cBut these guys dug deep and really went after it. I rode on their coattails this year.\u201d Lowy subbed in for Israel at No. 1 last season a handful of times, so he knew what the pressure-cooker of playing in the top spot meant. After the CIAC team and individual tournaments, Lowy will attend Yale, looking to possibly major in chemistry. In other matches, Elliott Booth, Max Gulla and Matt Vetter swept the No. 2 through 4 singles matches. \u201cI\u2019d take our No. 4 singles against any guy in the entire state. That\u2019s how good he is,\u201d Lowy said about Vetter. Wil deChabert, the other co-captain, teamed with Will Fumax at No. 1 doubles to win in straight sets. No. 2 seed Prep won No. 2 and 3 doubles. \u201cWe knew we were up against it. They beat us a couple times during the year and they were a little short-handed to be quite honest,\u201d Prep coach Adam Mirsky said. Prep has virtually everyone returning next season. So it looks like the Jesuits should be the SCC favorite in 2023. \u201cWe are losing one or two good players, but our strength is our depth. I think we are one of the deepest teams in New England,\u201d Mirsky said. \u201cWe expect to do very well.\u201d But to get there, they have to get through that team from Madison first. firstname.lastname@example.org; @nhrJoeMorelli Hand 5, Fairfield Prep 2 (at Woodbridge) Singles: Sebastien Lowy (DH) def Luke Levant 2-6 6-2 12-10; Elliott Booth (DH) def Harrisson Lent 6-2 6-1; Max Gulla (DH) def Colin Sullivan 6-1 6-1; Matt Vetter (DH) def Vishnu Kumar 6-1 6-0. Doubles: Wil deChabert\/Will Fumax (DH) def Charlie Fabro\/Gfriff Harding 6-2 6-2; Matt Kelly\/Robbie Donahue (FP)def Robbie Washburne\/Patrick Hennessey (DH) 6-4, 1-6, 6-3 ; Jason Gong\/Thomas Nardone(FP) def Ethan Speerili\/Will Dodd 6-3 6-1.