Boys tennis: LA picks up team title at EV tourney

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By The Staff

For the third season in a row, the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys tennis team earned the team title at the Española Valley Invitational Tournament.

Erik Edelmann playing in No. 2 singles and both of Los Alamos’ doubles teams won their draws this weekend.

The Española Valley tournament was played in Santa Fe. A total of 14 teams, mostly from northern New Mexico, took part in the tournament.

“Everyone played well this weekend,” Hilltopper head coach Giri Raichur said. “I am impressed by the two doubles teams, who lost just 14 games in seven matches.”

The win was the Hilltoppers’ fourth tournament victory this season in as many outings, including winning the Taos Invitational a week earlier.

Los Alamos was the state Class AAAA runner-up in 2009, falling in the state championship final to Albuquerque Academy. Heading into this weekend’s Academy Invitational, the Hilltoppers have not lost to a Class AAAA program this season.

In the No. 2 singles draw, Edelmann had to hold on through a nip-and-tuck final against Cleveland’s Vanden Huevel. After Huevel won the second set in a tiebreaker, Edelmann prevailed in a long third set, 10-8.

To advance to the final, Edelmann topped Española Valley’s Jeremy Romero and Farmington’s Cori Cox in straight sets.

At No. 1 doubles, the team of Patrick Raichur/Matt Whicker rolled to victory. After winning its first two contests, scoring shutouts in three of the four sets, Raichur/Whicker knocked off Elon Bauer/Johnathan Jones in the final, 6-1, 6-2.

Chase Havemann/Dominic Lucido also earned a victory for Los Alamos in No. 2 doubles.

Havemann/Lucido had to go through four different opponents on the way to victory, but didn’t drop a single set along the way. In the draw’s final, Havemann/Lucido knocked off  Piedra Vista’s Cory McBride/Taka Hosono also in straight sets, 6-2, 6-3.

Also this weekend, Hilltopper No. 1 single Kirk Webber topped Kelly Radosovich of Miymura in the consolation final. Eli Berg won his first match over Zalig Howell of Farmington at No. 3 singles, but fell to Alex Home in the second round.