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Breakers blast rival Capitals

Mylan World Team Tennis

Orange County pulls away, moves over .500. Bryan brothers visit Tuesday.

July 16, 2013|By Matt Szabo
(Dave Siegmund )

IRVINE — Monday night was Mascot Night for the Orange County Breakers tennis team.

The team announced that it was the birthday of its mascot, FlutterFrog. Several of his buddies were on hand, including mascots from Vanguard University (a lion), Chivas USA soccer, Pepperdine University (a wave) and "Bernie" from the Inland Empire 66ers baseball team.

The mascots made members of the small crowd at Bren Events Center laugh.

The tennis made them applaud.

Orange County earned its most lopsided victory of the Mylan World Team Tennis season, topping rival Sacramento, 21-13.

The Breakers are now 4-3 at the halfway point of the season, tied for second in the Western Conference with Texas and one match behind first-place Springfield. Sacramento fell to 3-4.

Monday's match was tied at 11-11 after three sets, before the Breakers dominated women's and men's singles.

"I think we had a little bit of Roddick hangover, if you will," Breakers Coach Trevor Kronemann said. "Everything seemed tonight like we had to work for it, which we do every night anyway, but tonight it just seemed extra difficult for the first couple of sets. Then we got it going in the end … Last night was the first night we've slept in our own beds, most of us, in a week. I think everybody got a little too much sleep last night."

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Coco Vandeweghe and Steve Johnson helped Orange County put the match away. Vandeweghe blasted Olga Govortsova of Sacramento, 5-1, and Johnson topped Ryan Sweeting by the same score.

Orange County fell in a hole early, as Sacramento's Mark Knowles and Megan Moulton-Levy topped Treat Huey and Maria Elena Camerin of the Breakers, 5-3. But Vandeweghe and Camerin came back for their best women's doubles result of the year, a 5-1 victory over Moulton-Levy and Govortsova.

Camerin, the Italian playing in her first year of World Team Tennis, was impressed after the match.

"It was a good match, because [Moulton-Levy and Govortsova] used to play together, so they know each other very well," Camerin said. "But I think we played very good. We served good, we returned, we were really on time tonight."

Orange County went into halftime up on the scoreboard. But Sacramento again evened the match after men's doubles, where Knowles and Sweeting topped Huey and Johnson, 5-3.

The Breakers dominated at the end, however, and seemed to enjoy the moment. Camerin danced during the timeouts.

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