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The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys tennis team split its final two regular season duals at home Monday and Tuesday.
Los Alamos doubled up against Santa Fe Monday, taking a 6-3 win, then dropped a tight 5-4 decision to St. Michael’s Horsemen, 5-4.
The victory over the Demons Monday clinched the Hilltoppers’ overall No. 1 seed heading into this weekend’s 2-4A tournament. The winner of that tournament in the team, singles and doubles qualifies to move on to next week’s state Class 4A championship tournament.
Against St. Mike’s, the Hilltoppers went 2-4 in singles competition. They needed to sweep the doubles contests but came up one match short in doubles to snatch the victory against the Horsemen, a tough Class A-3A squad.
Los Alamos had a big showing against Santa Fe one day earlier, going 4-2 in singles play and taking two of three in doubles.
Individually, Hilltopper No. 1 Stephen Townsley won both his matches, including defeating Santa Fe’s Warren Fulgenzi, who retired due to injury.
Townsley and doubles partner Dalton Smith also won both contests at the No. 1 spot. Townsley/Smith had to come back from a set down against Fulgenzi/Rafael Garcia to win that match 4-6, 7-6 (4), 6-3.
No. 6 Steven McCrory was also victorious in both his singles contests and won both doubles matches, teaming with Paul Graham.
Los Alamos 6, Santa Fe 3
No. 1: Stephen Townsley, Los Alamos, def. Warren Fulgenzi, retired.
No. 2: Rafael Garcia, Santa Fe, def. Nikita Belooussov, 6-1, 6-1.
No. 3: Paul Graham, Los Alamos, def. John Padilla, 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (2).
No. 4: Brandon Mutz, Santa Fe, def. Chase Rochester, 6-3, 6-3.
No. 5: Dalton Smith, Los Alamos, def. Phil Vigil, 6-3, 4-6, 6-2.
No. 6: Steven McCrory, Los Alamos, def. Kyle McMichael, 4-6, 6-1, 6-4.
No. 1: Townsley/Smith def. Fulgenzi/Garcia, 4-6, 7-6 (4), 6-3.
No. 2: Padilla/Mutz def. Rochester/Belooussov, 6-4, 7-6 (4).
No. 3: McCrory/Graham def. Vigil/Mendez, 6-2, 6-2.
St. Michael’s 5, Los Alamos 4
No. 1: Townsley def. Robert Oehlschlager, 6-2, 6-1.
No. 2: Casey Ish, St. Mike’s, def. Belooussov, 6-4, 6-4.
No. 3: Seth Fredrick, St. Mike’s, def. Graham, 6-3, 6-3.
No. 4: Hank Monahan, St. Mike’s, def. Rochester, 6-0, 6-0.
No. 5: Will McDermott, St. Mike’s, def. Smith, 6-2, 2-6, 10-8.
No. 6: McCrory def. Nick Hansen, 6-2, 6-2.
No. 1: Townsley/Smith def. Oehlschlager/Ish, 8-5.
No. 2: Fredrick/Monahan def. Forrest White/Belooussov, 8-4.
No. 3: McCrory/Graham def. McDermott/Hansen, 8-0.