Boys tennis: Lord and Murphy win Class L doubles title (updated)
The Wilton High boys tennis double team of Jordan Lord and Henry Murphy capped off a dominating run through the Class L state tourney with a straight-set win over Tommy Gileo and Kyle Mettler of New Canaan in Thursday’s championship match.
The Wilton duo swept the title match, 6-1, 6-1, at Conard High School in West Hartford. It highlighted a third-place finish by the Warriors in the Class L team standings.
Lord and Murphy did not lose a set in the Class L tournament in five matches, and lost only 13 of 73 points played. Their season record is now 20-1.
"They really were dominant, but made it look easy," said Wilton coach Chris Damone, noting that Lord and Murphy consistently put shots in play. "They took care of business, nothing special. They both returned service well, which made a difference."
Lord, he added, put his first serve in play 90% of the time — something he'd been doing all season.
It was the Wilton boys first doubles state title since Stephen Boreen and Jeff Fieber were Class L champs in 2008.
Lord, a senior, and Murphy, a freshman, were the top seed in the tourney, while Gileo and Mettler were seeded second.
"I think it's the experience of Jordan, of being here four years, and Henry is super, super talented," said Damone, explaining the team's success. "The leadership of Jordan really helped him grow as a player. He got better as the season went on."
That was evident in the semifinals on Wednesday, when the Wilton team won in straight sets over another New Canaan team, Luke Crowley and David Havens, 6-2, 6-3.
Crowley and Havens had handed Lord and Murphy their only loss of the season on May 10, but Wednesday's match showed the experience of playing in big matches this season had paid off for Murphy.
"That adrenaline rush in those situations, you have to learn from. And you can only learn from them by going through it," said Damone. "(Henry) played his best match by far in the semifinals."
Wilton’s top singles player, freshman Nick Condos, had reached Wednesday’s semifinal round but lost to Darien’s Bobby Neuner, the third seed, 6-3, 6-4. Condos was seeded second.
The two FCIAC foes had split two prior matches, with Condos winning in straight sets during the regular-season-season match, and Neuner, a sophomore, winning in three sets when the teams met in the FCIAC quarterfinals.
Next up for the three Wilton players is the State Open, which begins on Saturday with the opening rounds at Amity High School. The singles quarterfinals and doubles semifinals are scheduled for Monday at Yale University.