By Dan Harrison
---- — The Lobsters lost 25-9 on the road in Washington last night.
But Boston will get a rematch with the Kastles — only this time, a spot in the Mylan World Team Tennis Finals will be on the line.
The loss leaves Boston at 5-9 on the season but with Philadelphia defeating New York last night the Lobsters claimed the second spot in the Eastern Conference Finals which will be played tonight in Washington.
Both Boston and Philly ended the regular season at 5-9 but the Lobsters held the advantage in head-to-head matches beating the Freedoms both times the two teams played.
“Truth be told it feels like we came in the back door a little,” said Boston head coach Bud Schultz. “But it’s all good, we’re psyched.”
Last night Eric Butorac and Katalin Marosi were bested 5-1 by Martina Hingis and Leander Paes before Jill Craybas lost 5-2 to Anastasia Rodionova.
Butorac and Amir Weintraub fell 5-2 to Paes and Bobby Reynolds, Craybas and Marosi lost 5–3 to Hingis and Rodionova, and Weintraub was defeated 5–1 by Reynolds.
“For whatever reason — which we have to figure out between now and tomorrow — we don’t seem to come in here (Washington) and play our best. We need get out during the day (today) and practice to get a little more comfortable with the environment,” noted Schultz. “We’ll see if we can come out with all guns firing. It’s our third try down here so we should be able to do better.”
Boston has lost to Washington four times this season however, the Lobsters did take Washington all the way to the super-tiebreak on July 21.
The Kastles have last year’s male MVP in Reynolds and the always tough to handle Martina Hingis as well as top notch players like Rodionova and Paes.
However, Weintraub has beaten Reynolds already this summer in men’s singles and he and Butorac were able to defeat the Kastles men’s doubles team, albeit without Paes in the lineup.
“They (the Kastles) have a little more firepower so our margin of error is a little smaller,” explained Schultz. “It’s a matter of playing our best tennis. Our team is psyched to be in the playoffs with the opportunity to be able to knock them out.”
Today mark’s Boston’s first playoff appearance since 2011, when they fell to Washington in the Eastern Conference Finals. The Lobsters also lost in the conference championship in 2010, to New York, and are looking to make their first Mylan World Team Tennis final since 1978.