Friday, July 8, 2011

Capitals rebound, beat Kansas City

   The Sacramento Capitals turned it around in one night.
   After falling behind 10-3 and losing their season opener at St. Louis on Wednesday, the Capitals jumped out to a big lead and held on to beat the host Kansas City Explorers, the World TeamTennis defending champions, 23-16 in overtime Thursday night.
   After the Capitals' Mark Knowles and Nick Monroe began the match with a 5-3 victory in men's doubles, Sacramento-area resident Yasmin Schnack demolished Madison Brengle 5-0 in 14 minutes in women's singles. Then Monroe beat Ricardo Mello 5-2 to give Sacramento a 15-5 lead at intermission.
   The Capitals held on from there to even their record at 1-1 and drop Kansas City, featuring newly crowned Wimbledon women's doubles champion Kveta Peschke, to 0-2.
   "I'm very happy with our play tonight," Sacramento coach Wayne Bryan said. "We improved dramatically over the course of the last three days (including practice before the season opener)."  
   For the second straight match, Monroe and Sacramento native Christina Fusano replaced regular players Dusan Vemic and Vania King. Vemic encountered visa problems leaving his home in Serbia, and King is resting after Wimbledon.
   Vemic is expected to play in tonight's home opener against Martina Hingis and the New York Sportimes at 7:30 at Sunrise Mall. King, the 2009 WTT Female MVP for the Springfield (Mo.) Lasers, will join the Capitals by Tuesday, general manager Matt McEvoy said.

Capitals def. Kansas City 23-16 (OT)
   Men's doubles -- Mark Knowles/Nick Monroe (Capitals) def. Alex Kuznetsov/Ricardo Mello (Explorers) 5-3.
   Women's singles -- Yasmin Schnack (Capitals) def. Madison Brengle (Explorers) 5-0.
   Men's singles -- Monroe (Capitals) def. Mello (Explorers) 5-2.
   Mixed doubles -- Kveta Peschke/Kuznetsov (Explorers) def. Schnack/Knowles (Capitals) 5-3.
   Women's doubles -- Brengle/Peschke (Explorers) def. Christina Fusano/Schnack (Capitals) 5-4.
   Overtime -- Brengle/Peschke (Explorers) tied Fusano/Schnack (Capitals) 1-1.

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