LA earns 7-2 victory over Cleveland

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Boys tennis: 'Toppers have five new players in top six this year

By Mike Cote

SANTA FE — There are plenty of questions surrounding the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys tennis team this season.
So far, however, the Hilltoppers have been able to answer those questions.
After losing five of its top six to graduation last year, the up-and-coming lineup members have come through so far for the Hilltoppers, as they did Saturday against Cleveland. The Hilltoppers took all six singles contests to earn a solid 7-2 victory over the Storm, a Class 5A team.
It was a big win for Los Alamos, which is still trying to settle in on a permanent lineup. The team’s anchor, however, is playing as good of tennis as he has through his career.
The Hilltoppers are led by top singles player Stephen Townsley. Townsley, returning for his senior year, made short work of a very solid player in Cleveland’s Joey Roback, winning 6-0, 6-0. Prior to that win, Townsley and Los Alamos’ No. 2 singles player, Nikita Belooussov, dropped Cleveland’s top doubles team 6-0, 6-2.
With five players coming in with limited varsity experience — Belooussov, a sophomore, like most of the rest of the Hilltoppers, spent most of 2011 on the junior varsity — Townsley’s presence has helped everyone elevate their games.

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