BURROUGHS HIGH — The Burroughs High boys' tennis team had its Pacific League match Tuesday against Glendale well in hand.
The Indians needed to win just one of the final four sets on the day to force the contest to be decided on games. And if it came down to that, Burroughs had an overwhelming advantage on games.
But the Nitros weren't about to roll over against the defending co-league champions.
Glendale got a big win from No. 3 freshman singles player Nick Shamma in the deciding set to propel it to a 10-8 victory at Burroughs High.
The win puts the Nitros (7-2, 4-1 in league) into sole possession of second place in league behind Arcadia.
"I figured that if we were to win this match, we would have to do just about everything right," Glendale Coach Bob Davidson said. "And I knew if we wanted to defeat Burroughs, we were probably going to have to play our best match of the season."
It was definitely one of Glendale's best efforts, as it won eight of nine doubles sets.
But it was a final set in singles that put the Nitros over the top.
With Glendale clinging to a 9-8 advantage, Shamma found himself in a battle against fellow freshman Calvin Fox. However, it was the Nitro who was able to win the encounter, as he earned a 6-4 victory.
Shamma said he tried to keep his nerves in check during the crucial moments of the set.
"I just tried to think about what I was doing, and just concentrate on my game," he said.
Burroughs (2-2, 2-2) received a solid performance from sophomore No. 1 singles Garrett Auproux. Auproux surrendered just one game on the day — to Shamma — to earn a 6-0, 6-0, 6-1 sweep. The sophomore has yet to surrender a set all season.
"Garrett has just gotten so much better from last season," Burroughs High Coach Roy Bernhardt said. "He is stronger and he has a lot better touch. He has just really been playing well."
The Indians also received a steady performance from No. 3 singles, Wen Yao Lin, who went, 6-0, 6-2, 4-6, as well as the No. 1 doubles team of Phillip Lam and Kevin Hoang, which went, 6-2, 3-6, 6-1.
Fox won one, 6-0, 5-7, 4-6.
For Glendale, it received a sweep from the No. 2 doubles duo of Jeff Asano and Elliot Kim, 6-3, 6-4, 6-3. The No. 1 team of Alex Levin and Edgar Hakobyan won two, 2-6, 7-5, 7-5, as did the team of Rene Glandian and Sam Sarian, 1-6, 6-1, 6-4.
"Burroughs just has a strong singles group, and its doubles is better this season that it has been in the past few years," Davidson said.
The Nitros took a 4-2 lead after the first of three rounds, only to see the Indians come back to tie the match, 6-6, after two. Burroughs then went up, 8-6, two sets into the third round.