To be the best, you go out and you play the best. And that's exactly what the Fairfield Prep boys' tennis team is doing this spring.

"Once again this year, we play a monster schedule with all four defending state champs," wrote Jesuits tennis coach Harold Prather in his prospectus to the Citizen. "But this should be a good year for us as we have a nice blend of seniors and juniors heading the squad, followed by a very deep and talented sophomore class."

Staples (LL), Hand (L), Guilford (M) and Weston (S) are the defending champs that Prep will play this spring but the competition should be fierce all season long as the Jesuits graduated just two players for a team that reached the SCC Division I semifinals the last two seasons.

Captains Will Cannon (No. 1 singles), Emil Friis (No. 1 doubles, No. 2 singles) and Mike Blevin will lead Prep, along with Theo Allen and Will Graham, who also return and will battle for the last two singles spots.

"We've had some young kids playing seniors and juniors for the past three years and hopefully we can start to put pressure on the teams in the league that have graduated talented players," wrote Prather. "If our veteran players can beat some of the younger talents in the league then we should be right there. We have tremendous chemistry and I look forward to them meeting and exceeding the goals they've set for themselves this season."

After just making it into the FCIAC boys' tennis tournament last spring as the eighth seed, Ludlowe coach Andy Jorgensen is looking for bigger and better things this season.

"If we can play like we can, then we will be in the thick of things," Jorgensen wrote in his prospectus to the Citizen. "We have five very solid singles players."

Led by captains Alex Slobin, Connor Doyle and Jack Meyer, who returns after missing last season to injury. Jorgensen calls Meyer "the wildcard" to this season's potential success.

Other returning players for the Falcons' are Mason Jennings, a second-team All-FCIAC selection last year and Parker Doyle, an All-FCIAC honorable mention pick.

While Ludlowe's singles players may be strong, Jorgensen is still looking to try and find the right combinations at doubles.

"Our team has set realistic goals for the season but we're also dreaming big," Jorgensen wrote.

Ludlowe finished 9-7 in the FCIAC last year and lost to Staples in the quarterfinals of the FCIAC tournament.

First year head coach John Harvey takes over at Warde, a program that went 12-4 last season and captured the No. 5 seed in the FCIAC tournament, losing to Greenwich in the quarterfinals.

"We will be a competitive team throughout the lineup," Harvey wrote in his prospectus to the Citizen. "No match will be easy but with mental fortitude and the competitive nature of our players, we will succeed."

The Mustangs lost six starters and seven letterman but return senior captains Jack Wilkinson and Kevin Mercado and junior captain Henry Johnson. In addition, Jack Johnson, Brian Gaugler and Matt Mosher will provide experience and depth.

"Our team strength will be our ability to control points and stay mentally tough," Harvey wrote. "Tennis is a game of errors. The player that makes one less (than his opponent) will succeed."