Boys tennis: Depth, experience bodes well for Wilton
Coming off back-to-back third-place finishes at the Class L state championships, the Wilton High boys tennis team has a good chance to keep its run going in 2018.
The Warriors return most of their starters from a year ago, and have more depth this year, thanks to the addition of some talented newcomers.
“We’re a little deeper and they’re more experienced,” said head coach Chris Damone, whose team hosts Weston on Saturday (1 p.m.) in the season opener. “We have a very talented freshman class coming in. We’re very deep. There’s not a lot of drop-off on the varsity team.”
The only loss to graduation in the singles rotation was Quentin Thouvenot at second singles.
Jay Cassone, an all-FCIAC second team pick last year, returns at first singles and is expected to have a big year. Last season he advanced to the Class L quarterfinals.
The next three singles spots are up for grabs among two returning starters, junior Conrad Emerson and senior captain Tor Aronson, and junior Clay Adams. Aronson is a three-year starter at singles, while Emerson started at third singles and Adams played second doubles last year.
First doubles will be again be a team strength as Wilton returns the team of senior Owen McKessy and junior Henry Murphy that reached the Class L semifinals last season. They were also second-team all-FCIAC. Murphy is in his third season at first doubles, having been part of Wilton’s state-champion doubles team two years ago.
Another returning starter at doubles is sophomore Harrison Tucker, but he is currently sidelined with an injury.
Senior captain Rithwik Shivram will be at second doubles, although his partner has not been determined yet. Damone said it would most likely be talented freshman Rahul Vallabhajosula.
The final two doubles spots are up in the air, with three teams in contention — seniors Chuck Li and Henry Green, juniors Aidan Burke and Ben Iannuzzi, and junior Ian Kolupaev and freshman Aidan Jasinski.
Wilton boys tennis
Last year: 10-8
Post-season: lost to Greenwich in FCIAC quarterfinals, 4-0; finished third at Class L state championships.
Key losses: Quentin Thouvenot (All-FCIAC honorable mention), Ryan Farinas, Trevor Johnson.
Captains: Tor Aronson, Rithwik Shivram.
Top returners: junior Jay Cassone (All-FCIAC second team), junior Henry Murphy (All-FCIAC second team), senior Owen McKessy (All-FCIAC second team), junior Conrad Emerson, senior Tor Aronson, junior Clayton Adams, senior Rithwik Shivram.
Key newcomers: freshman Rahul Vallabhajosula, freshman Aidan Jasinski.