Clayton Pauff, Burbank's No. 1 singles player, rallied for a 7-5 victory against Hoover No. 2 player Ron Glandian to give the Bulldogs the victory. Pauff broke serve to take a 6-5 lead before not yielding a point in the final game against Glandian, who Hoppe said appeared to be battling a hand injury.
"It was as good of a showing as we could have expected," said Hoover Coach Julie Hoppe, whose team was locked in a 6-6 tie entering the third round of the match. "It would have been nice to have won it by one game.
"We were very competitive and we had our chances. It's been really tough the last few years to start with league right out of the gate."
Hoover won seven singles sets, including three apiece from Oleg Simonyan (6-4, 6-0, 6-2) and Ejmin Mehranian (6-4, 6-2, 6-3). Glandian posted a 6-2 win, but suffered a 7-6 (7-2) loss to James Hong earlier.
The Tornadoes' No. 2 doubles team of Sage Barry and Emile Ohanian worked together for two wins, 7-5, 6-4.
"I see a lot of potential in our Nos. 2 and 3 doubles teams," said Hoppe, whose team didn't qualify for the playoffs last season. "Hopefully we can build on this match and we do have some things to work on."
The Bulldogs excelled in doubles competition, winning seven sets. Keon Park and Arthur Kubko worked together to sweep their sets, 6-1, 6-0, 6-4.
Hoover will compete in a league road match at 3:30 p.m. Thursday at Crescenta Valley before hosting its first home match against Pasadena on Tuesday.