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Breakers lose third straight

Mylan World Team Tennis

Orange County's playoff hopes in jeopardy after loss to Sacramento.

July 21, 2013|By Matt Szabo
(Dave Siegmund )

IRVINE — Where oh where have you gone, Coco Vandeweghe?

The Orange County Breakers actually know the whereabouts of Vandeweghe, who is leading Mylan World Team Tennis in women's singles. She's been missing the last three matches because she's at the Bank of the West Classic in Palo Alto, where she is in the final round of qualifying on Monday.

And the Breakers' recent opponents have known that, too.

"To be quite honest, they were excited not to see Coco," Breakers Coach Trevor Kronemann said. "I think that's exactly what it comes down to."

Orange County has lost the women's singles set, 5-0, in each of its last two matches. On Sunday night at Bren Events Center, it was Sacramento's Taylor Townsend who came out on fire against Orange County's Maria Elena Camerin.

The Breakers never quite got all the way back, suffering a 21-16 loss to the Capitals and marquee player Sam Querrey that damaged their playoff hopes. Orange County (6-6), which has lost three straight matches, is behind Springfield (7-4) and Texas (7-5) in the World Team Tennis Western Conference. Only the top two teams advance to the Western Conference Finals, which are Thursday.

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The Breakers have two more regular-season matches, at Sacramento on Monday and their home finale against Springfield on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

"We've got to figure out a way to get this done," Kronemann said. "We were too far ahead to let it slip away … It's like anything in sports, you don't want to rely on somebody else. We want to rely on ourselves, and it's in our hands."

Sunday's match got off to a promising start, as Treat Huey and Lija Dekmeijere defeated Mark Knowles and Megan Moulton-Levy in a tiebreaker. But there was Townsend, 17, who is one of the top junior girls' singles players in the world. She blanked Camerin in women's singles to give Sacramento (4-7) a 9-5 edge.

"To take a little of heat off of Maria, she played great the two nights she played," Kronemann said. "I mean, I don't think that was an awful set. I think last night she ran into a buzzsaw and tonight she ran into a buzzsaw. Taylor played really, really well. We could have probably slowed it down and made some more balls, but everything we were giving her, she was hitting a winner on.

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