Warde earns share of Class L title

Fairfield Warde earned a piece of its first boys team tennis title, sharing the crown with Daniel Hand of Madison. New Canaan had won the Class L title every year since 2009. Team members (l-r) Eric Segerberg, Henry Johnson, Eyad Nagori, Jack Mappa, Danny Pavoni, Devin Pulton, coach Ben Zuckerberg, Conor McGuinness, Jack Johnson, Kanav Kumar, Ted Berkowitz and Kevin Mercado.

Fairfield Warde earned a piece of its first boys team tennis title, sharing the crown with Daniel Hand of Madison. New Canaan had won the Class L title every year since 2009. Team members (l-r) Eric Segerberg, Henry Johnson, Eyad Nagori, Jack Mappa, Danny Pavoni, Devin Pulton, coach Ben Zuckerberg, Conor McGuinness, Jack Johnson, Kanav Kumar, Ted Berkowitz and Kevin Mercado.

The Fairfield Warde boys varsity tennis team won the Class L state championship, along with Daniel Hand High School of Madison, as the two teams shared the top spot with 22 total points, followed by Fairfield Ludlowe (19), New Canaan (17), Darien (16) and Wilton (16).
After finishing 11-5 in the regular season, Warde was ranked eighth out of the field of 30 teams.
Warde started the tournament strong, with its four singles participants and three doubles teams all winning in the first round. This put the team in contention after the first day of play.
Warde’s Ted Berkowitz, who achieved a 14-2 record at No. 1 singles during the regular season, advanced to the Class L boys singles final, where he was defeated by Noah Farrell of Wilton.
Other Warde players to advance deep into the field were Eyad Nagori, Warde’s No. 2 singles player, who reached the quarterfinals, as well as doubles’ partners Kanav Kumar and Devin Pulton, who reached the semifinals.
Warde’s head coach Ben Zuckerberg said, “We were the hardest working team in the state, which showed in the end. Postseason play isn’t necessarily about which team has the most skill, but rather who has the most heart.
“My guys believed in themselves from the end of last season, and they achieved what they set out to do.”

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