The first Burbank-Burroughs boys’ tennis match of the season was so close that everyone was done playing and they had to get their calculators out to see who won.
Visiting Burbank escaped with a 73-71 win in games after both teams won nine sets each.
“I told the guys every game counts,” Burbank coach Loi Phan said. “I told them a win (in a set) would be great, but I need games. I knew it was going to be super close.”
Burbank (4-2 in league and overall), was able to pull through thanks to No. 3 singles player Hakop Kerimyan pulling out a 6-2 win over Burroughs No. 2 Kyle Lester.
“The nerves really got to me against the last guy. I beat him 6-2, but it was very hard fought,” Kerimyan said. “Most of the points went down to the wire. Most of them were his mistake and not my skill. This is my first year on varsity and there was a lot of pressure being in on the deciding point.”
Burroughs (3-3) was led by No. 1 singles player Sam Bernardy, who earned a sweep by going 6-4 over Sid Denduluri, 6-2 over Yash Desai and 6-0 on Kerimyan.
“It was an exciting match. I actually thought we were going to win when we got started,” Burroughs coach Roy Bernhardt said. “But then it started getting tight.”
Lester, who was the Burroughs No. 2 singles player, fell 6-1 to Denduluri and defeated Burbank No. 2 Yash Desai 7-5.
Burroughs No. 3 player Blake Hildebrandt went 0-6, 3-6, 2-6.
In doubles, Burroughs won five of the nine sets.
The Indians No. 1 team of Mark Do and Trieu Nguyen lost 6-4 to Burbank’s No. 1 team of Ethan Lee and Abasi Abukusumo . Do and Nguyen defeated the Burbank No. 2 team of Greg Gevojanyan and Daniel Khrlobian 6-4 and the No. 3 team of Dominik Sumera and Michael Westwood. 6-1.
The Burroughs No. 2 doubles team of Cameron Flowers and Sebastian Muga fell 6-1 to Lee and Abukusumo, defeated Gevojanyan and Khrlobian 6-1 and lost 6-2 to Sumera and Parker Katz, who substituted for Westwood.
The Burroughs No. 3 team of Daniel Cho and Rafael Munguia lost 6-1 to Lee and Abukusumo, but defeated Gevojanyan and Khrlobian 6-2 and went 6-0 over Sumera and Westwood.