GLENDALE — It's a bit early in the season for the Burbank High and Glendale girls' tennis teams to be talking about "crucial" Pacific League matches.
With both teams fielding young and inexperienced teams, the Bulldogs and Nitros took part in only three nonleague contests prior to their league opener Tuesday, as the teams didn't have much time to get ready for their intercity match.
With Crescenta Valley and Arcadia likely the top squads in the league, Burbank and Glendale figure they will be battling it out — probably with one another — for the final two playoff spots.
Playing in a contest that felt more like a late-season clash, the Nitros used sweeps by their No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles team to notch a 10-8 home victory.
"Although it's just the first league [match], it kind of felt like we are both battling for a playoff spot already," said Burbank Coach Loi Phan, whose team is 0-3. "We already know who the top two teams in the league are going to be. But the other spots are wide open, and us and Glendale are going to be two of those teams fighting for a spot."