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Villanova, PA (July 25, 2012)Mark Philippoussis led the Freedoms in a thrilling victory against the Boston Lobsters with a final score of 18-17.  For the Freedoms’ last home match, Philippoussis returned to Philadelphia to play for the Freedoms after a 10-year hiatus.


The Freedoms started out the night strong with Kristyna Pliskova and Mark Philippoussis bringing a 5-2 mixed doubles win over Lobsters’ Eric Butorac and Irina Falconi. In the second set, the Freedoms’ Kristyna Pliskova fell to Lobsters’ Irina Falconi in women’s singles, 1-5. In a heated men’s doubles third set, Freedoms’ Mark Philippoussis and Jordan Kerr defeated Jan-Michael Gambill and Eric Butorac, 5-2.


At the start of the second half, the Freedoms womens doubles team of Kristyna and Karolina Pliskova were defeated by Lobsters’ Irina Falconi and Carly Gullickson-Eagle in the fourth set, 2-5. The final, and most heated, set of the night pitted Freedoms’ marquee Mark Philippoussis against Lobsters’ Jan-Michael Gambill. In a set that was hard-played and intense from the first point, with both Philippoussis and Gambill alternating games won, Philippoussis won the last two games securing a 5-3 victory. The final match score was Freedoms 18 and Lobsters 17.

The Freedoms last two matches will be played away at the Sacramento Capitals on July 27, 2012 and at the Ocean County Breakers on July 28, 2012 -- both with Mark Philippoussis playing for the Freedoms.
The Philadelphia Freedoms are presented by Beneficial Bank and hosted by Cancer Treatment Centers of America.



(Home team in capital letters)


PHILADELPHIA FREEDOMS def. Boston Lobsters 18-17


Mixed Doubles -     Kristyna Pliskova\Mark Philippoussis (Freedoms) def. Eric Butorac\Irina Falconi (Boston) 5-2

Women's Singles -   Irina Falconi (Boston) def. Kristyna Pliskova (Freedoms) 5-1

Men's Doubles -      Mark Philippoussis\Jordan Kerr (Freedoms) def. Eric Butorac\Jan-Michael Gambill (Boston) 5-2

Women's Doubles - Irina Falconi\Carly Gullickson-Eagle (Boston) def. Kristyna Pliskova\Karolina Pliskova (Freedoms) 5-2

Men's Singles -        Mark Philippoussis (Freedoms) def. Jan-Michael Gambill (Boston) 5-3