Jul 23rd, 2010, 01:03 AM
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Re: ** Masha News and Articles! ** Vol. 2
Report of the WTT thing...
Breakers finally beat Explorers
by MARK GARCIA
THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
Not even Maria Sharapova could salvage the Newport Beach Breakers' season Tuesday night.
Newport Beach's marquee player played a role in the Breakers' thrilling come-from-behind 19-18 victory over the Kansas City Explorers, but it was too little too late as the team was eliminated from the playoffs following Springfield's 24-17 win over Sacramento Tuesday.
Newport Beach improved to 5-7 with the win, but trail second-place Kansas City (7-5) by two games with two matches remaining. Newport Beach can tie Kansas City, but the Explorers own the tiebreaker over the Breakers by virtue of winning three of its four matches against each other. Only the top two teams from each conference advance to the postseason.
"We're out, but we don't want to have a losing season," said Breakers coach Trevor Kronemann. "If we can win the next two (matches) and finish .500, then that's our goal."
Newport Beach trailed 15-13 heading into the match's final set, but Lester Cook and David Martin teamed up to win the men's doubles, 5-3, over hard-hitting Australian Samuel Groth and Ricardo Mello, to tie the match at 18-18 and send it into a Super Tiebreaker.
Cook and Martin trailed throughout the tiebreaker and faced two match points at 6-4 before rallying to win the final three points and the match.
"This is what's great about Team Tennis," said Martin, "the drama and excitement of going down to the final point."
The win overshadowed a somewhat lackluster performance by Sharapova, who teamed up with Martin to lose the mixed doubles set before falling 5-0 in singles to Jarmila Groth. She did win the women's doubles set with Marie-Eve Pelletier, 5-3.
"I didn't play well in singles, but that's the great thing about team sports. You rely on your teammates to pick you up on your off days," said Sharapova, who was cheered on by her mom and her boyfriend, Lakers guard Sasha Vujacic.
Sharapova praised the play of Groth.
"She hit the ball really well and didn't give me time to adjust," she said.
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