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ALBUQUERQUE — For the 2013 state Class 4A tournament, the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls tennis team advanced three doubles teams and a singles competitor to the quarterfinal round.
And while all three Hilltopper girls doubles teams survived into Thursday morning’s play, by the end of the quarterfinal round only the team of Madeline Margevicius/Gillian Hsieh-Ratliff was left standing.
Margevicius/Hsieh-Ratliff would go on to win the Class 4A title. The other two Los Alamos teams, however, earned tough quarterfinal draws.
The Hilltoppers’ team of Susanna Lucido/Colleen Fitzsimmons, which was seeded No. 4 for the tournament, had a tough draw in the quarterfinal round, facing fifth-seeded Maddie Andersson/Jenna Coyle of Mesilla Valley Christian. Mesilla Valley is a small private school in Las Cruces that is Class 2A for most sports but plays up for tennis.
Despite a gritty effort, coming back from a set down, Lucido/Fitzsimmons fell 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.
The two teams played a tight contest for most of the first two sets. Andersson/Coyle picked up a critical early serve to go up 3-0 in the first set but Fitzsimmons held on her serve and the Hilltopper team followed that up with a break of Andersson to move within 3-2. The Mesilla Valley team would take the next two games to pull away.
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