Los Alamos tops competition in Santa Fe

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By The Staff

The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys tennis team grabbed a big victory at the Española Valley Invitational Saturday.

Los Alamos picked up 39 points in the invitational, which included 10 teams and was played at Capital High School in Santa Fe. Taos finished with 17 points to earn second place, while Farmington and Bosque School tied for third, picking up 15 points each.

The win was the second in a row for Los Alamos at a tournament hosted by Española Valley. Los Alamos won a week earlier at the Sundevils’ tournament, which was played in Taos. Due to the deteriorating conditions of the courts at Española Valley, the Sundevils haven’t played a match in the city of Española in more than three years.

Saturday, all three of the Hilltoppers’ singles advanced to the final round of the tournament, as did one of its doubles teams.

Top Los Alamos singles player Matt Whicker won all three of his contests in straight sets, topping Piedra Vista’s Mitchell Clarke in the finals 6-3, 7-5 to win the No. 1 flight.

No. 3 singles player for the Hilltoppers, Dominic Lucido, took four wins Saturday, all in straight sets, to win that flight. Lucido decisively won the final 6-2, 6-3 for the flight victory.

Los Alamos head coach Giri Raichur said he was pleased with the effort throughout the cold, blustery conditions Saturday.

Patrick Raichur/Chase Havemann, playing in the No. 1 doubles bracket, had two tough matches in the semifinals and finals.

In the semifinals, Raichur/Havemann was pushed to the max by Farmington’s top duo Isaac Bickel/James Laravee. Bicke/Laravee nipped Raichur/Havemann in the first set, 7-6, but Raichur/Havemann came back to nip the Farmington duo in the second set 7-6.

Raichur/Havemann went on to win the tiebreaker, 10-4, to advance to the final, but Robbie Forbes/Mangnus Nelson of Taos gave the Los Alamos teams two tough sets. Los Alamos held on to win both sets, however, 7-6, 7-5 to take the championship.

At No. 2 singles, Ben Havemann advanced to the final round before falling to Zach Pavlik of Farmington 6-7, 6-3, 10-7. At No. 2 doubles, Los Alamos’ team of Erik Eddelman/Eli Berg finished fourth in that bracket.

Also Saturday, Los Alamos’ girls were playing their home invitational at Santa Fe High School. Results from that tournament weren’t available as of press time.