Don't make an issue out of it, Jakes.
You know your player can't make it....the opposing captain objects.
Personally, were I the opposing captain, I wouldn't object...especially if I weren't in a position to make the playoffs or otherwise had a skin in the game. But since she does, play it straight up. Tell your out-of-towner, I'm sorry, it just didn't work out this time....and claim your team's spot in the post-season.
Do...The Right Thing.
A 3.5 masquerading around with a 4.0 mask on.