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With the District 2AAAA championship tournament looming, the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys tennis team is playing at a high level.
This weekend, Los Alamos won the Bosque School Triangular, decisively topping a pair of solid teams along the way. Los Alamos knocked off host Bosque, 8-1, then topped Farmington also by an 8-1 count.
Also this weekend, the Hilltoppers thumped District 2AAAA foe Capital in a makeup contest, shutting out the Jaguars 9-0.
The 2AAAA tournament starts Friday and continues through Saturday at Taos’ Quail Ridge Inn. Los Alamos will be the odds-on favorite to win the 2009 district championship, although the homestanding Taos Tigers gave the Hilltoppers all they could handle in a late March date at Taos.
At Bosque School, Adam Laredo, a solid A-AAA player, came back from a set down to defeat Hilltopper No. 1 single Patrick Raichur in a tiebreaker.
Beyond that and a first-set win by No. 2 Rand Briggs, who had to retire from his match with Matt Whicker due to injury, the Hilltoppers didn’t lose another set in the contest. Ben Havemann, Stephen Townsley Chase Havemann and Dominic Lucido, Los Alamos’ 3-6 players, each won in straight sets, with Chase Havemann and Lucido pitching shutouts in both their contests.
Against Farmington, which was getting some buzz prior to the start of the season as a possible sleeper in Class AAAA, Los Alamos again earned a big victory.
Whicker moved into the No. 1 spot in the contest, and topped Farmington’s top player Adam Ashworth in straight sets.
All eight of the Hilltoppers’ wins came in two sets, with Nos. 5 and 6 Kirk Webber and Kent Ly looking solid in their straight-set victories.
Capital proved to be no match for the Hilltoppers, who again played without Raichur in that match. The Hilltoppers dropped just three games in six singles contests to the Jaguars to win handily.
Los Alamos (9-3), which hasn’t lost to a Class AAAA opponent this season, is right in line for a top-three seed at the state tournament.
Los Alamos 8, Bosque School 1
No. 1: Adam Laredo, Bosque, def. Patrick Raichur, 4-6, 6-2, 10-7.
No. 2: Matt Whicker, Los Alamos, def. Randy Briggs, 1-6 (injury default).
No. 3: Ben Havemann, Los Alamos, def. Kyle Valley, 6-2, 6-2.
No. 4: Stephen Townsley, Los Alamos, def. Eric Deichmann, 6-2, 7-6.
No. 5: Chase Havemann, Los Alamos, def. Michael King, 6-0, 6-0.
No. 6: Dominic Lucido, Los Alamos, def. David Dibachi, 6-0, 6-0.
No. 1: Raichur/C. Havemann def. Laredo/Briggs, 6-4, 6-4.
No. 2: Whicker/Townsley def. Valley/Deichmann, 6-1, 6-1.
No. 3: B. Havemann/Lucido def. Patten/King, 6-2, 6-3.
Los Alamos 8, Farmington 1
No. 1: Whicker def. Adam Ashworth, 7-5, 6-1.
No. 2: Isaac Bickel, Farmington, def. B. Havemann, 6-4, 6-4.
No. 3: Townsley def. James Laravee, 6-3, 6-3.
No. 4: C. Havemann def. Ryan Reeves, 6-0, 6-3.
No. 5: Kirk Webber, Los Alamos, def. Kolten Bennett, 6-1, 6-2.
No. 6: Kent Ly, Los Alamos, def. Zack Howell, 6-3, 6-1.
No. 1: Raichur/C. Havemann def. Bickel/Laravee, 6-3, 6-2.
No. 2: Whicker/Townsley def. Ashworth/Reeves, 6-3, 6-0.
No. 3: B. Havemann/Lucido def. Howell/D. Castaneda, 6-0, 6-2.
Los Alamos 9, Capital 0
No. 1: Whicker def. RJ Adams, 6-0, 6-0.
No. 2: Townsley def. Matt Mandell, 6-0, 6-0.
No. 3: Lucido def. Adrian Saavedra, 6-1, 6-0.
No. 4: Webber def. Dominic Romero, 6-0, 6-0.
No. 5: Ly def. Ryan Vigil, 6-0, 6-1.
No. 6: Misha Skurikhin, Los Alamos, def. Brian Vigil, 6-1, 6-0.
No. 1: Whicker/Skurikhin def. Adams/Mandell, 8-4.
No. 2: Lucido/Webber def. Saavedra/Romero, 8-1.
No. 3: Townsley/Ly def. Bryan Vigil/Rodriguez, 8-0.