The 2018 WTT Season presented by Geico ended last night for the Aviators. It was a tough battle on the court against the Springfield Lasers and they came out ahead with a 25-18 victory. Our mixed doubles team, Anna-Lena and Marcin, finished strong taking the Lasers into extended play but ultimately the Lasers won and will be going to the WTT Finals which will be held on Sunday in Philadelphia.
Thank you to all of our fans who came out this season to support the team. After the match, the team talked about how San Diego has the best fans with the greatest energy. Last night we took that energy to the court with a salsa dance party at half time!
Summary from last night:
LASERS POWER PAST AVIATORS TO EARN SPOT IN WORLD TEAMTENNIS FINALS
Springfield Captures Four of Five Sets in 25-18 Victory over San Diego in Extended Play
The Springfield Lasers will take on the Philadelphia Freedoms in Sunday’s World TeamTennis Finals after posting an impressive 25-18 victory in extended play over the San Diego Aviators on Thursday night at the Omni La Costa Resort & Spa.
The Lasers got off to a fast start against the Aviators, winning men’s doubles, women’s singles and men’s singles to take a commanding 15-9 half-time lead. Springfield continued its strong play in women’s doubles as Vania King and Abigail Spears edged Anna-Lena Groenefeld and Naomi Broady of the Aviators, 5-4 to extend Springfield’s lead to 20-13.
After losing the mixed doubles set to the Aviators, Spears and Marcelo Demoliner clinched the win for Springfield as they won the first game in extended play.
The Lasers victory to advance to the WTT Finals was especially sweet for Spears, a San Diego native who grew up in nearby Valley Center, Calif.
“It feels great. It’s my first final and as a team, we didn’t expect to be here in this position at this point, so we’re pretty happy. I think it’s just all the competition that we get here,” she said. “It’s so fun, and a team atmosphere, and that’s what we love as players. We just love it.”
Springfield finished the 2018 WTT regular season in second place with an 8-6 record, while the Aviators finished in a tie for third place with the Washington Kastles at 7-7.
Following his team’s loss, Aviators coach John Lloyd said, “It’s disappointing because we were close to getting to the finals, but I thought our team did a great job. We were unlucky with a few breaks here and there. We had a couple of big break points, we didn’t convert and we could’ve easily been in the playoffs, but I thought everyone did us proud.”
J. Fred Sidhu
San Diego Aviators