Girls tennis: Toppers beat Bosque, fall to Scorps

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By The Staff

The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls tennis team split its matches at the Bosque School Triangular this weekend.

Los Alamos topped host Bosque School 6-3 at the triangular, but fell to the Farmington Scorpions 7-2 at the same event.

Bosque is a top-shelf small-school program but isn’t the powerhouse it was in 2008. Farmington, however, is the team to beat in Class AAAA in 2009.

Hilltopper head coach Bruce Cottrell said, however, he’s not sure if there’s  any team in AAAA that can beat Farmington’s Scorpions.

“I thought we played pretty well at the lower end,” Cottrell said of his team’s match against Farmington. “But the Merrion girls could play No. 1 for us. Any of them.”

Considering the Scorpions (7-0) have three Merrions on their team, it’s going to be a tall order for Los Alamos (8-4-1) or anyone else to beat them.

Saturday’s match was the second time Los Alamos had played Farmington this season and the result was actually considerably better than their first meeting.

In the initial face-off between the two schools April 10, the Scorpions pitched a 9-0 shutout.

The two matches the Hilltoppers took from the Scorpions Saturday – Megan Townsley at No. 5 singles and Gillian Hsieh-Ratliff at No. 6 singles were winners for Los Alamos – were the most Farmington had lost in head-to-head competition this season.

Grace Kim gave Farmington No. 1 Kamy Blackwood a run for her money Saturday, pushing her to a tiebreak.

The ailing Blackwood, who has had shoulder woes throughout the season which sprung up again versus Kim, nonetheless gutted out a win.

At No. 3 doubles, Jamie Benage/Heather Walters also went into a tiebreaker after two sets but Farmington’s squad of MacKenzie Pavlik/Shayla Baysinger held on for the win.

Townsley, for her part, came back from a set down to win at No. 5 singles, and Hsieh-Ratliff fell behind 0-4 in the second set of her match to win 6-4 and take a straight-set decision.

Against Bosque School, Colleen Fitzsimmons won a marathon two-set victory at No. 3 singles, while Madeline Margevicius, Hsieh-Ratliff and Sarah Worland, playing 4-6 singles, all came away with wins.

No. 2 doubles team Brenna O’Hara/Worland and Benage/Walters also picked up victories over Bosque.