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By Nick Georgandis

The New York Sportimes and Sacramento Capitals fell further into their ill-timed slumps Thursday night with disappointing losses in WTT action.
New York, which had been tied with Washington for first place in the Eastern Conference a few days ago, was handily defeated 20-13 by the Orange County Breakers to drop to 4-5 on the season.

Once seen as a surefire post-season contender, New York is now just one game ahead of Boston for the second seed in the East. The Sportimes' loss gives Washington (6-2), a 2.5-game lead.

New York led 8-5 after two matches, but quickly fell apart as Orange County won the men's doubles and women's singles points by 5-2 counts each to go up 15-12, then made it academic as Maria Elena Camerin and Coco Vandeweghe routed Anna-Lena Groenefeld and Kveta Peschke 5-1 in women's doubles.

Orange County improved to 6-3, tying Springfield for first place in the Western Conference. The Breakers have won four straight matches.
The Lasers fell to Sacramento (3-6) in a 20-19 super tie-breaker affair. The winning point was executed by Vania King and Alisa Kleybanova in women's doubles, winning the crucial game over Megan Moulton-Levy and Olga Govortsova.

Friday's schedule
Sacramento at Boston, 7:05 p.m.
Orange County at Philadelphia, 7:10 p.m.
Washington at Texas, 7:35 p.m.