Breakers win twice yesterday to keep playoff hopes alive

The Breakers played twice yesterday, July 29. The first match was played in the morning beginning at 9 a.m. The Breakers were listed as the visiting team against the Washington Kastles, even though the match was played at Palisades Tennis Club.

Orange County took all five matches to win 25-11.

They then returned in the evening to host the Orlando Storm needing a win to keep their playoff hopes alive.

Breakers win twice Nicole Gibbs

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Nicole Gibbs serving the Breakers to victory in women’s singles

The Breakers did not disappoint, winning 19-18 in a tiebreaker. In the tiebreaker, the Breakers’ Noah Rubin beat the Storm’s Evan King, 7-5, to earn the winning point.

The Breakers now play in Springfield this evening against the Lasers, before returning home tomorrow for their final regular season match of the season against the Washington Kastles. That match begins in 6 p.m.

The Breakers currently reside in fifth place in the 2019 standings, one game behind the New York Empire, San Diego Aviators and Springfield Lasers.  The top four teams qualify for semi-final play Friday night in Las Vegas, with the winners moving on Saturday to play for the 2019 Championship.

The schedule still offers hope to the Breakers who previously lost to Springfield, 19-18, but easily beat Washington 25-11. 

New York still has two matches against the league-leading Philadelphia Freedom, who are 10-2 overall; San Diego still plays Washington and Orlando; and Springfield plays the Breakers and Las Vegas.

The winner of the championship Saturday night earns the King Trophy. 

The Breakers previously won the WTT Championship in 2004 (over Delaware Smash) and in 2017 (over San Diego Aviators). They’ve lost in the finals five times.