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Girls tennis: LA ties for second in opener

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By Mike Cote

The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls tennis team opened its season with a solid showing this weekend.Los Alamos finished in a tie for second place in team competition at the Carlsbad Invitational, knotting with El Paso (Texas) Burgess. The host Cavemen won the team title.Friday’s first day of the tournament featured wind gusts of approximately 60 miles and hour, and sustained wind of 40 miles per hour delayed Friday afternoon’s play for about four hours.The Hilltoppers had three singles players and a doubles team advance into the final round at the tournament, which concluded Saturday.Brenna O’Hara, at No. 3 singles, Megan Townsley at No. 4 singles and Lauren Castro at No. 6 singles, as well as the doubles team of Grace Kim/O’Hara all got to the final round of play, but all fell to players from Carlsbad.It was a good start to the 2007-08 season for the Hilltoppers, said head coach Bruce Cottrell.“All the other teams have been playing for about four weeks,” Cottrell said. “I don’t think we played as well as we can, but we’re in our first weekend of real play.”Tournament competitors included teams from Midland and El Paso, Texas, Hobbs and Clovis.Along with the runner-up finishers, Los Alamos also had a pair of singles and their other two doubles teams win their consolation finals matches.Los Alamos, the defending Class AAAA champ, will be at Albuquerque Academy later this week for another tournament.Whatever the weather is at that tournament, Cottrell said, his team won’t be complaining about the wind.“(Saturday) it was about 20 miles per hour,” he said. “That’s nothing for us now. We got some good wind practice and the teams down there were very good.”