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By Nick Georgandis

They tend to do things bigger in the Lone Star State, and the Texas Wild, in its first season of World Team Tennis competition, is living up to that reputation.

The Wild whipped the Sacramento Capitals 23-10 on Sunday night to leapfrog their California contemporaries and forge a tie for first atop the Western Conference standings with idle Springfield at 4-2.

The Wild put the Capitals in a huge hole in singles play as Texas' Alex Bogomolov Jr. and Eugenie Bouchard each hung 5-0 wins on their Sacramento opponents (Ryan Sweeting and Irina Falconi). The Capitals' only victory came in mixed doubles, where Mark Knowles and Megan Moulton-Levy defeated Darija Jurak and Aisam-Ul-Haq Quershi 5-3.

In the night's other match, Boston edged Philadelphia 22-19 in overtime thanks to the mixed doubles play of Katalin Marosi and Eric Butorac, who defeated Liezel Huber and Samuel Groth.

The win moved the Lobsters within a match of .500 at 3-4. The Freedoms continued their season-long struggle, dropping to 1-4, the worst record in the league.