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July 20, 2013

Strong singles play lifts Lobsters over Sacramento

MANCHESTER — Both Amir Weintraub and Jill Craybas have had their moments of brilliance this summer playing singles for the Boston Lobsters.

Rarely, however, have they had them on the same night.

With Sacramento in town last night, Weintraub and Craybas began the match by dominating their respective singles opponents, which proved crucial as the Lobsters held on for a 19-15 overtime win.

Boston improved to 4-6 in Mylan World TeamTennis play while Sacramento dropped to 3-7.

“It gives you a cushion and allows everyone to swing freely,” Boston head coach Bud Schultz said of winning both singles matches so decisively. “But it allows everyone to let down, too. It was a great first three matches; everyone played like they should on two days’ rest. (But) I was a little disappointed with how we closed it out.”

Weintraub started the night by taking down Ryan Sweeting, 5-2 . The Israeli native served extremely well (three aces) but also returned with confidence, ultimately deflating Sweeting with a handful of backhand winners.

“I think we got off to a great start and that helped us at the end,” said Weintraub, who served the clinching point in the men’s doubles overtime set. “I was happy I could close it with my serve.”

Craybas, meanwhile, worked every inch of the court, frustrating Govortseva into some self-inflicted wounds in taking a commanding 5-1 victory. The recently turned 39-year-old looked rejuvenated along with the rest of the Lobsters, who began the season with nine matches in 10 days.

“It was nice having a couple days off. We’re all tired from the extensive travel and that first week,” said Craybas. “Amir and I came out fresh and played pretty well. At the end, all of us kept looking up at the score.”

Eric Butorac and Katalin Marosi began doubles with an impressive 5-2 win for the Lobsters over Mark Knowles and Megan Moulton-Levy. Marosi and Craybas were then bested, 5-2, by Govortseva and Moulton-Levy in women’s doubles.

Sacramento was able to force overtime when Sweeting and Knowles defeated Butorac and Weintraub, 5-1 but the Lobster’s men’s doubles team were able to win the first game in overtime to seal the victory.

Boston will be home tomorrow night to take on Washington.

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