GloucesterTimes.com, Gloucester, MA

July 26, 2013

Kastles bounce Lobsters in East Finals

By Nick Curcuru
Sports Editor

---- — The Boston Lobsters backed into the Mylan World Team Tennis playoffs on Wednesday with a little help from the Philadelphia Freedoms.

On Thursday there was no where for the Lobsters to hide against the two-time defending World Team Tennis champion Washington Kastles in the Eastern Conference Finals in DC. By the end of the match the Kastles flexed their muscle showing just why they are two-time defending Mylan World Team Tennis champions to the tune of a dominant 24-12 win ending the first pro sports team to play on Cape Ann’s season.

With the win the Kastles move on to the World Team Tennis Finals on Sunday against the winner of the Western Conference Finals between the Springfield Lasers and the Texas Wild.

The Lobsters, who fell to the Kastles 25-12 on Wednesday’s regular season finale, were put away early for the second night in a row falling behind 15-5 after the first three matches of the evening.

Anastasia and Leander Paes got the Kastles started on the right foot with a 5-2 mixed doubles win over Eric Butorac and Katalin Marosi of the Lobsters. WTT MVP Martina Hingis and Rodionova picked up a 5-1 win over Marosi and Jill Craybas as women’s doubles and the rout was on. Hingis went on to defeat Craybas in women’s singles, Paes and Bobby Reynolds topped Butorac and Amir Weintraub in men’s doubles to clinch a spot in the WTT Finals. Weintraub topped Reynolds at men’s singles to avoid the sweep.

The Lobsters finish up the season at 5-10 qualifying for the Eastern Conference finals after missing the postseason in 2012. Boston’s two biggest wins of the season came on their new home court, the Manchester Athletic Club’s Joan Norton Tennis Center to the tune of a 20-18 win over Eastern Conference rival New York in the season opener and a win over East rival Philadelphia in the Lobsters debut of Mark Philippoussis.