Red-hot Ridgefield boys tennis team sweeps rare doubleheader

The first (and perhaps only) Ridgefield High team playing a doubleheader this spring was an unlikely one.

Hitting the road Saturday morning for matches against two opponents in different locations, the Ridgefield High boys tennis team kept sizzling.

The Tigers swept Stamford, 7-0, then got back on their bus and headed to Norwalk, where they added another 7-0 win over Brien McMahon.

“It wasn’t weird; the boys adapted to the situation well,” said Ridgefield head coach Aaron Hyde, whose team has now won seven straight matches and is 9-1 overall. “Just made sure the team stayed loose and relaxed during the ride to the second leg of the doubleheader. McMahon was warmed up and ready for us upon arrival, which actually worked to our benefit as we were able to get right into calling lineups.”

In the opener against Stamford, Ridgefield dropped just four games over seven matches.

The Tigers got 6-0, 6-0 wins from James Hourihan at first singles, Tadd Long at third singles, Seth Prusko at fourth singles, Joseph Campos and Shane Bowler at second doubles, and Eddie Saad and Stephen Chen at third doubles.

Noah Butler added a 6-2, 6-0 victory at second singles, and Emmett O’Malley and Carter Schroppe won by the same scores at first doubles.

Ridgefield was nearly as dominant against McMahon, winning 72 of the 83 games played.

Posting 6-0, 6-0 triumphs were Luke Queiroz at first singles and Hourihan at second singles.

Campos contributed a 6-0, 6-1 victory at third singles, and Del Irving followed with a 6-2, 6-1 win at fourth singles.

Tanner Daubenspeck and Butler prevailed 6-4, 6-1 at first doubles, while Long and Prusko registered a 6-1, 6-0 triumph at second doubles.

At third doubles, Ridgefield’s RJ Carey and Logan Higginson were ahead 2-1 in the first set when their McMahon opponents retired due to an injury.

Earlier last week, the Tigers beat two of the FCIAC’s better teams. Ridgefield edged Darien, 4-3, on Tuesday and then topped Wilton, 5-2, on Thursday.

Against Darien, the Tigers split the two doubles matches and won two of the three doubles contests.

Daubenspeck and Butler defeated Darien’s Neil Ghandi and Ramano DeCaprio (6-3, 6-3) at first doubles, and Long and Prusko downed Alex de Castro and Tyler Cramer (6-3, 6-1) at second doubles.

Ridgefield’s other points came from Queiroz (6-0, 6-0) at second singles and Hourihan (6-4, 6-2) at third singles.

“What a win today,” said Hyde after the match. “[We] redeemed ourselves from last year when they got us 4-3. One and two doubles looked in prime form today. Big boost of confidence for Ridgefield.”

Notes: Providing the points in Ridgefield’s 5-2 win over Wilton were Queiroz (6-1, 6-0) at second singles; Hourihan (6-4, 6-3) at third singles; Ramiro Davila (7-5, 6-0) at fourth singles; Daubenspeck and Butler (6-3, 7-5) at first doubles; and Long and Prusko (7-5, 7-5) at second doubles.

At first singles, Ridgefield’s Brian Song was tied 2-2 in the first set with Clay Adams when Song had to retire due to illness. Song missed the subsequent matches against Darien, Stamford and McMahon but was expected to return to the lineup this week.