Tennis: LA's Lucido/Havemann gets top seed

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Fitzsimmons/Hsieh-Ratliff is No. 2 seed in girls doubles draw

By The Staff

The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys tennis team could be in a position for a repeat in the Class 4A doubles tournament.
Los Alamos’ top doubles team of Dominic Lucido/Chase Havemann earned the top seed in the upcoming Class 4A playoffs.
Lucido/Havemann will open tournament play Thursday morning after earning a first-round bye.
The 4A singles and doubles playoffs start Wednesday night in Albuquerque.
That tournament continues through Thursday, while the 4A team championship tournament gets underway Friday.
Both tournaments will be played at the Jerry Cline Tennis Complex in Albuquerque.
For the singles and doubles tournaments, the Hilltopper boys and girls teams have a total of seven entries.
Lucido/Havemann could meet up against fellow Hilltoppers Misha Skurikhin/Dalton Smith in Thursday’s second round. Skurikhin/Smith will take on eighth-seeded Curtis Hunt/Nathaniel Pavlik of Farmington in Wednesday’s opening round.
For Los Alamos’ boys doubles teams, they will attempt to win their second straight state title. The team of Patrick Raichur/Matt Whicker won the state title in 2010, Los Alamos’ first boys doubles title since 1989.
In the girls tournament, Los Alamos’ team of Colleen Fitzsimmons/Gillian Hsieh-Ratliff earned a No. 2 seed into the 4A tournament. It will take on Deming’s KaLee Marrufo/Sarah Estrada Wednesday afternoon in the opening round.
Both Fitzsimmons/Hsieh-Ratliff and Lucido/Havemann won last weekend’s District 2-4A doubles title. As individuals, all four players were also instrumental in leading the Hilltoppers to district team titles.
In singles competition, Los Alamos’ Stephen Townsley picked up a fourth seed for the boys playoffs. Townsley, the 2-4A champ, will take on Deming’s James Borden Wednesday night to open the tournament.
Nikita Belooussov will play third-seeded Devin Roach of St. Pius X in the first round Wednesday. Belooussov, a freshman, outlasted teammate Eli Berg in a three-set match for third place in the district tournament Saturday.
Los Alamos’ girls also qualified two individuals in the singles draw. Susanna Lucido will face Roswell’s Mary Romero, the eighth-seed, on Wednesday. The winner there is set to go against top-seeded Tori Merrion of Farmington Thursday.
Also for the Hilltoppers Wednesday, Nasim Andrews will take on second-seeded Ksenia Bosnia of Albuquerque Academy. Andrews was the runner-up in the district tournament last weekend. Should Andrews win, she could well face Olivia Layden, the player she lost to in the 2-4A championship match, Thursday morning.
For the team competition, which starts Friday and continues through Saturday in Albuquerque, both Los Alamos teams were awarded No. 2 seeds. The teams both have first-round byes and will both start the tournament Friday evening.
Not surprisingly, the Albuquerque Academy boys and Farmington girls earned the top seeds in the 4A team draws.