BURBANK — Both Glendale High boys’ tennis Coach Bob Davidson and Burbank Coach Loi Phan were banking on a tight match when the squads met Thursday in a Pacific League contest.
However, neither could have predicted just how close the match would be.
The Nitros and Bulldogs were tied after the first of three rounds of play. The score remained knotted after the second round, and when all 18 sets were finished in regulation, the score stood at 9-9. That forced the contest to be decided by games, but when they were ultimately added up, Burbank and Glendale were still deadlocked, 81-81.
The match would ultimately be decided by a rare super tie-breaker, requiring all three singles players and doubles squads to take part in an additional three sets with tie-break scoring.
In the super tie-breaker, the Bulldogs won six of nine sets in singles to finally win the marathon, 10-8.