Aviators Lose to Kastles, Now in 3-Way Tie for Second Place

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Marcus Willis was all smiles when the San Diego Aviators defeated their West Coast rivals, the Orange County Breakers on July 28, 2018. Courtesy photo

The San Diego Aviators were unable to hold on to their lead Wednesday evening as they lose 19-18 to the Washington Kastles at the Omni La Costa Resort and Spa.

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The Aviators are now in a three-way tie for second place in World TeamTennis with Kastles and Springfield Lasers.

Wins in mixed doubles and women’s singles gave the Aviators an early 10-7 lead but that lead was cut to 13-12 by a loss in men’s doubles when Tennys Sandgren and Robert Lindstedt took the match against Marcin Matkowski and Marcus Willis, 5-3.

San Diego was able to pad the lead against Washington to 18-14 with a 5-2 win in women’s doubles, however, Sandgren was able to defeat Wills 5-0 in men’s singles for a Kastles come-back victory.

“I don’t think I’ve beaten Marcus Willis in anything before, so to beat him for the first time to get my team the win is fantastic,” Sandgren said. “He’s got a good slice. He can move the ball across the court and put in tough spots and I felt like I was hitting my forehand well on his slice. I was able to open up the court. that was the big thing.”

The Aviators will next face the Lasers at home at 7 p.m. Thursday. If San Diego beats Springfield and Washington falls to the Orange County Breakers, the Aviators can advance to the WTT Finals.

This will the third meeting between the Lasers and Aviators, who split the previous two head-to-head matches.

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