LA picks up wins over Jags, Spartans

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By The Staff

The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls tennis team won a pair of matches against District 2-4A opponents this weekend in Santa Fe.
Los Alamos’ girls, mixing up their lineups this week, topped both Capital and Bernalillo at the Jaguar Quad. Los Alamos blanked Capital 9-0 Friday and knocked off Bernalillo 6-3 Saturday.
The Hilltoppers, who improve to 4-2 in team competition, are once again the favorites to win the 2-4A championship, something they haven’t failed to do since 2000.
Against Capital, Los Alamos didn’t drop a single set. Capital’s best chance to take sets in that dual came at No. 3 singles and No. 2 doubles, but Ashley Thurgood held off Helen Marin 7-5 in set one in the singles contest and Thurgood and partner Serena Birnbaum earned a first set 7-5 decision in the opening set in doubles play.
Katya Skurkhin, playing at No. 1 singles, picked up a 6-4, 6-3 decision over Sabina Coto of Capital to set the tone, while Madison Mas blanked Kristen Sisneros in both their sets at No. 5 singles.
Saturday, Los Alamos won four of the six singles contest and two of the three doubles contests to earn the win over Bernalillo’s Spartans.
Laura Whicker played at No. 1 singles and swept Rachel Layden of Bernalillo 6-3, 6-4, while Lauryn Anaya shut out Missy Hopkins in two sets at No. 2 singles.
Los Alamos will head up to Taos for a two-day tournament starting Friday.

Here are the results from Los Alamos’ duals against Capital and Bernalillo:

Los Alamos 9, Capital 0


No. 1: Katya Skurkhin, Los Alamos, def. Sabina Coto, 6-4, 6-3.
No. 2: Esperanza Tapia, Los Alamos, def. Nathalie Nichols, 6-2, 6-0.
No. 3: Ashley Thurgood, Los Alamos, def. Helen Marin, 7-5, 6-3.
No. 4: Serena Birnbaum, Los Alamos, def. Cheslea Padilla, 6-3, 6-1.
No. 5: Madison Mas, Los Alamos, def. Kristen Sisneros, 6-0, 6-0.
No. 6: Jessica Hall, Los Alamos, def. Marie Newell, 6-1, 6-2.


No. 1: Skurkhin/Tapia def. Marin/Cynthia Rascon, 6-2, 6-0.
No. 2: Thurgood/Birnbaum def. Nichols/Padilla, 7-5, 6-3.
No. 3: Hall/Mas def. Sisneros/Newell, 6-1, 6-2.

Los Alamos 6, Bernalillo 3


No. 1: Laura Whicker, Los Alamos, def. Rachel Layden, 6-3, 6-4.
No. 2: Lauryn Anaya, Los Alamos, def. Missy Hopikins, 6-0, 6-0.
No. 3: Skurkhin def. Indigo Wilson-Schmidt, 6-1, 6-1.
No. 4: Taylor Evanko, Bernalillo, def. Tapia, 6-3, 7-6 (4).
No. 5: Lexi Samora, Bernalillo, def. Thurgood, 0-2 (ret.)
No. 6: Birnbaum def. Angelica Fasano, 7-5, 6-4.


No. 1: Whicker/Tapia def. Layden/Samora, 6-3, 7-6 (5).
No. 2: Skurkhin/Anaya def. Hopkins/Evanko, 6-0, 6-0.
No. 3: Wilson-Schmidt/Katelyn Donahue def. Birnbaum/Thurgood, 6-3, 6-1.