By Nick Curcuru
---- — The Boston Lobsters were hit with some good news and some bad news on the final day of the Mylan World Team Tennis regular season Wednesday.
Boston did not finish the regular season the way it would have liked dropping a lopsided 25-9 decision to the two-time defending league champion Washington Kastles. The Lobsters, however, earned a trip to the Eastern Conference Finals despite finishing the regular season with a record of 5-9.
The Lobsters were able to clinch a postseason berth because the Philadelphia Freedoms knocked off the New York Sportimes 20-11. Boston and Philadelphia each finish with identical 5-9 records, but the Lobsters move on to the playoffs by holding the head-to-head tie breaker over the Freedoms.
With a postseason berth in hand the Lobsters will stay in Washington to face the Kastles in the Eastern Conference finals tonight (7:00 p.m.). Washington swept four regular season matches from the Lobsters this season.
The winner will move on to the Mylan World Team Tennis finals to meet the winner of the Western Conference Finals between the Sacramento Capitals and the Texas Wild on Sunday.
The Lobsters were never really in Wednesday’s regular season finale as the Kastles jumped out to an early lead and never looked back. By the end opening match, mixed doubles, Martina Hingis and Leander Paes of the Kastles had already dispatched Eric Butorac and Katalin Marosi by a score of 5-1. From there Anastasia Rodionova topped Jill Craybas at women’s singles 5-2 and Paes and Bobby Reynolds took down Butorac and Amir Weintraub 5-2 at men’s doubles and the rout was on with the Kastles holding a commanding 15-5 lead with two matches still to come.
Hingis and Rodionova and Reynolds completed the sweep with wins at women’s doubles and men’s singles respectively. Fortunately for the Lobsters, they will have a chance to redeem themselves tonight on a much larger stage.
While Boston didn’t finish up the regular season in style, it essentially clinched a playoff spot on Tuesday with an impressive win on the road at Philadelphia taking four of the five matches on the evening. Craybas and Marosi were the stars of Tuesday’s match as their 5-2 win in women’s doubles propelled the Lobsters to a 22-18 win and eventually a spot in the Eastern Conference Finals.