NEWPORT BEACH — It was just one of those nights Friday at The Tennis Club Newport Beach.
As Samuel Groth of the Kansas City Explorers kept pounding huge first serves in the very opening set, Newport Beach Breakers Coach Trevor Kronemann could only shake his head.
The match had only just started, and already Groth and his wife, Jarmila, were putting on a show in mixed doubles. As the Breakers huddled after the set, Kronemann tried to offer encouragement.
"They played as well as they can play," he told his team.
Problem was, not much changed as the match progressed.
The Explorers won the first four sets of the match and dealt the Breakers their first loss of the season, 25-15, in overtime.
"It was kind of surprising," said Kronemann, whose team began the night as the only undefeated team left in World Team Tennis. "It felt like every set we just couldn't get the wheels turning, couldn't get them moving. They were just getting all the lucky breaks. We had our chances to sneak in the door, and it just didn't happen for us. Maybe they play that well [tonight when the teams rematch]. I'd be very, very surprised."