For the fifth time this summer, the Boston Lobsters fell at the hands of the Washington Kastles last night.
Washington defeated Boston 25-12 in overtime in the Mylan World TeamTennis Eastern Conference finals after the Kastles (13-2) won four of five sets to end the Lobsters’ season.
“They are better than us obviously with losing five matches to them,” said Boston head coach Bud Schultz. “Nothing went wrong (tonight) per say. We have to play on our high end and they have to come in a little flat and neither one happened.”
Arguably Boston’s (5-10) biggest strength this summer was the mixed doubles team of Eric Butorac and Katalin Marosi. So when the duo lost 5-2 to Martina Hingis and Leander Paes to start the night, the Lobsters knew they were in trouble.
“I think anytime you’re playing an away match you it’s much harder to come back. You need to jump out to an early lead to quiet the crowd and energize your own team,” explained Schultz. “We’re playing against a Hall Of Famer (in Hingis) and a future Hall of Famer (in Paes). It’s not an easy task but I was proud the way we prepared today and the way we came out and gave it our best shot.”
Marosi and Jill Craybas won the first game in women’s doubles but Hingis and Anastasia Rodionova battled back to win the set 5-1. Butorac and Weintraub lost 5-2 to Paes and Bobby Reynolds before Craybas fell 5-2 to Hingis.
Weintraub had the best set for the Lobsters in men’s singles, where he won in the tiebreak to down Reynolds 5-4 and force overtime. However, with Boston trailing 24-12, Weintraub needed to win 12 straight games to force the super-tiebreaker. Reynolds won the first game in overtime to end the match.
“Amir was down a break and came back to win in the tiebreak. The one thing that I’m very proud of with this team is that everyone came and competed every night,” noted Schultz. “Some nights we played better than others, but not once did we ever show up and not compete which is the one thing asked. And we did again tonight.”