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July 23, 2013

Lobsters fall to West-leading Springfield, remain in three-way playoff tie


Jean-Julien Rojer and Rik De Voest led Eric Butorac and Weintraub 2-0 but behind great serving by Butorac and relentless range on the court by Weintraub allowed the Lobsters to even the set up at 4-4 forcing a five-point tie-break.

However, the top men’s doubles team in Mylan World TeamTennis found their footing and dispatched Butorac and Weintraub 5-3 in the tiebreak.

Butorac and Rojer are former doubles teammates outside of Mylan WTT.

“We’ve known each other a long time. We were friends before we were teammates and we’ve been friends after,” said Butorac. “(When we play each other) we both really over-think our strategy. We both know what we like to do on the court, where we like to serve and the plays we like to use. So we’re extra-conscious to do things differently.”

Springfield boasts the best women’s and men’s doubles teams as well as the second best mixed doubles team in Mylan WTT this summer and last night Lobsters fans saw why. The Lasers won two of three doubles matches including a 5-1 win at women’s doubles that gave Springfield a 10-5 lead early.

Jill Craybas and Katalin Marosi were bested by Vania King and Alisa Kleybanova as the Lasers were more aggressive at the net during the set and it paid off big time.

Butorac and Marosi rallied to win the Lobsters only set of the night and force overtime after defeating Rojer and King 5-2 on a spectacular winner by Marosi. Serving first in overtime, the Lasers won the first game to end the match.

“My sense is that they (Butorac/Marosi) are the best mixed doubles team in the league,” said Schultz. “We still have a shot to make the playoffs if we in our last two matches, as crazy as that sounds.”

Craybas was defeated by Kleybanova in women’s singles.

The Lobsters will play on the road in Philadelphia tonight.

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