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By Nick Georgandis

And the new leader in the clubhouse for the second seed in the Eastern Conference is ... nobody.

On a night where a win could have enormous impact for New York, Boston or Philadelphia, all three teams lost, sending all three to 4-7 on the year.

Boston came the closest to separating itself from the pack, falling to Washington 19-18 in a super tiebreaker. The Lobsters forced all the extra play with a 5-2 win in mixed doubles and a 1-0 overtime victory, but Washington's Martina Hingis and Frederik Nielsen edged Boston's Eric Butorac and Katalin Marosi for the win.

The victory sealed the Eastern Conference No. 1 seed for Washington, which improved to 9-2. The Kastles will host one of the other three teams in the Eastern Conference finals on Thursday.

More than likely, the second playoff spot will come down to a pair of matches: Boston travels to Philadelphia on Tuesday, and the Freedoms host New York on Wednesday.

Philadelphia's three-match win streak was snapped convincingly by Texas, 24-14, while New York fell on the road to Springfield, 22-16. Deadlocked at 12-12 after three sets, the Lasers took the women's singles and men's doubles sets by 5-2 scores to clinch the victory.

The victory kept the Lasers a half-game ahead of Texas for first place in the Western Conference. Springfield is 7-4, Texas 7-5. Orange County dropped to 6-6, and Sacramento fell to 4-7, and is all but eliminated from the post-season.