“We figured it was going to be close,” Nitros Coach Bob Davidson said. “In league this year, there are five teams that are very close to one another. I think that on any given day that one team could be another.”
Holding a one-set lead with just one doubles match remaining, Glendale (8-2, 5-2 in league) was forced to win that matchup to secure the victory. Had the Nitros lost the set, it would’ve gone to a 9-9 tie, with Glendale sure to lose on games in the tiebreaker.
The Nitros duo of Elliott Kim and Jeff Asano trailed the Burroughs No. 3 team of Bryan Hoang and Frankie Chicco, 4-3. However, the Glendale tandem battled back to tie the score at 4 and rattled off two more games to take the set, 6-4.
“Glendale is very close to us in talent,” said Burroughs Coach Roy Bernhardt, whose team won the league championship last season. “It looks like there’s going to be a different league champion this season.”
The Nitros won eight of nine doubles sets in the win. Glendale had a 4-2 lead after the first round and was up, 7-5, after two.
The team was paced by the No. 2 team of Mike Astorian and Nick Daka, which won, 6-0, 6-2, 6-1, and is usually the No. 1. Kim and Asano swept, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4, and Dougkoon Yoo and Bushra Abdelmalak went, 6-2, 4-6, 7-6 (8-6).
“We knew Burroughs had good singles, and if we could win two in singles we could probably win the match,” Davidson said.
Those wins came from No. 1 Ashot Papikian, 6-0, and No. 3 Suren Aydinyan, 6-4, who both defeated Melik Nazliyan.
Burroughs (5-3, 2-3) received fine efforts from its top two singles players, who dropped just two games between them. At No. 1, Robert Henry won, 6-1, 6-0, 6-0, and No. 2 Trevor Campbell won, 6-1, 6-0, 6-0.
The Indians’ lone win in doubles came from the No. 2 duo of Andre Yanez and Phillip Lam, 6-4.
Burroughs has had a rough week, as it lost to Burbank in a league match on Tuesday in a super-tiebreaker. The Indians finishd the week Friday with a league contest against Crescenta Valley.
Campbell said he doesn’t mind the busy schedule.
“I would rather be playing three matches in a week than just play one a week,” he said. “If I wasn’t playing in a match I would be practicing for three hours anyway.”