Ladies tennis keeps rolling this summer

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By Mike Cote

The Los Alamos Tennis Club has three competitive teams rated. 3.5 or above, but by far the standout is the women’s squad.
The LATC ladies 3.5 adult team put together a stellar 9-3 record this season, while the senior ladies team qualified for the Southwest Sectional tournament.
At the sectionals, played in May in Tucson, Los Alamos finished third, going 3-2.
The adult team is captained by Lee Harris, who posted a solid 6-3 playing in doubles this season. United States Tennis Association matches are a best-of-five affair consisting of two singles and three doubles contests, while the senior captain is Lorraine Vasilik.
A pair of players on the ladies LATC adult team have gone through the season undefeated. Warapha Prime has gone a perfect 9-0 in singles competition, while doubles player Susie Fuselier was 4-0 playing doubles.
Most players on the adult squad play either singles or doubles exclusively.
Prime has been a prime player over the course of the last year. In August, Prime was the winner 2010 LATC tournament, earning a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Lynne Higdon, another ladies team member, to take the title.
Prime’s strategy is usually to just wear down her opponents, picking up return after return until her opponent makes an error.
“She’s an awesome singles player,” Harris said of Prime. “Everytime we need her to come through, she does….she’s a good sportsman and a good all-around player.”
Also last August, Billy Wilton, the current Los Alamos High School boys tennis head coach, won the men’s singles tournament. Wilton held on for a three-set victory after opponent Andrei Vakhtin earned a decisive 6-2 second set win to force a third set.
Wilton, however would win 6-1, 2-6, 6-4 to take the men’s title.
Bob Tonelli won the men’s over-50 title at the tournament, Lloyd Wilton/Stephen Townsley won the men’s doubles title and Joel Williams/Alison Walters won the mixed doubles event.