Breakers Final Week Ends With Tough Losses

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Orange County Breakers’ Nicole Gibbs hits a hard backhand in a match against the Orlando Storm at Palisades Tennis Club in Newport Beach on Monday evening.
— Photo by Charles Weinberg ©

Orange County Breakers gave Newport Beach fans some exciting tennis this week, they fought hard and got couple wins under their belt, but it wasn’t quite enough to make the playoffs and played their final match of the season at home at Palisades Tennis Club on Wednesday.

After the Breakers beat the Vegas Rollers last week, the Rollers headed to Newport Beach and returned the favor, with a 17-16 win on Saturday.

In a make-up match against the Washington Kastles, the Breakers decimated the Kastles 25-11 Monday morning. Nicole Gibbs came from 0-3 to win her set 5-4. New Breaker, Petros Chrysochos (CYP) joined the fun, playing — and winning — singles and men’s doubles.

Later on Monday, in what has become the norm for the Breakers, their match was yet again decided by a single game on regular evening match against the Orlando Storm. Joining the Breakers for the night, Noah Rubin weathered the storm in his season debut to hold off Evan King 7-5 in the supertiebreak.

Noah Rubin during Monday’s Breakers match.
— Photo by Lawrence Sherwin ©

The local team held on and scraped out a win, 18-19 over the Storm.

“This is what tennis needs,” Rubin said in a prepared statement. “The atmosphere of people getting into it, people going nuts. This is what we’re missing…This is what tennis should be.”

On Tuesday, the Breakers headed to Missouri, and had a tough loss against the Springfield Lasers, 22-16, at Cooper Tennis Complex.

Back home for their season finale on Wednesday, and vying for the fourth and final playoff spot, the Breakers ended on a low note, as they lost 25-15 to the Washington Kastles and their shot at the playoffs.

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Luke Bambridge stretches out to make contact with the ball during Saturday’s match.
— Photo by Lawrence Sherwin ©
James Wade joined the Breakers on Saturday.
— Photo by Lawrence Sherwin ©
Nicole Gibbs serves during the Breakers match on Saturday.
— Photo by Charles Weinberg ©
Breakers men’s doubles against the Kastles during a rematch on Monday morning.
— Photo by Lawrence Sherwin ©
Petros Chrysochos for the Breakers during a rematch Monday morning against the Kastles.
— Photo by Lawrence Sherwin ©
Nicole Gibbs during Monday morning’s rematch against the Kastles.
— Photo by Lawrence Sherwin ©
Orange County Breakers on Monday.
— Photo by Charles Weinberg ©
Nicole Gibbs hits a forehand during Monday’s match against the Storm.
— Photo by Charles Weinberg ©
Andreja Klepac during Wednesday’s Breakers match.
— Photo by Lawrence Sherwin ©
Andreja Klepac and Luke Bambridge play mixed doubles against the Kastles on Wednesday.
— Photo by Charles Weinberg ©
Andreja Klepac and Nicole Gibbs during Wednesday’s Breakers match.
— Photo by Jim Collins
Breakers’ Nicole Gibbs hits a backhand on Wednesday.
— Photo by Charles Weinberg ©
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