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The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls tennis team finished as the runner-up in this weekend’s Albuquerque Academy Invitational.
Los Alamos lost in the championship round to the Farmington Scorpions. The Scorpions nipped the Hilltoppers 5-4 to take the title.
In all, seven schools took part in the two-day tournament, with the host Chargers using both their ‘A’ and ‘B’ squads. Academy’s top squad finished third, topping Bosque School in the consolation round.
Los Alamos swept two of its opponents on the weekend, Academy’s ‘B’ team and Belen, but had dogfights in the other two rounds. In the team semifinals, the Hilltoppers squeaked by Academy’s ‘A’ team to win 5-4.
The semifinal went down to the No. 3 doubles team of Hannah Cunningham/Sidra Hsieh-Ratliff, which topped Oakley Robertson/Emily Romero 6-2, 6-0 to secure the victory.
Also winning in the semifinal round were Madeline Margevicius at No. 2 singles, Hsieh-Ratliff at No. 4 singles, Susanna Lucido at No. 5 singles and Nasim Andrews at No. 6 singles. All four of Los Alamos’ singles victories came in straight sets.
Against Farmington, Margevicus, Hsieh-Ratliff and Andrews again came through with singles victories and the No. 2 doubles team of Lucido/Colleen Fitzsimmons held off Allie Linville/Sydney Schumacher in a nail-biter, 1-6, 6-2, 10-7.
Los Alamos, which has finished in second place in five tournaments this season, also lost by a 5-4 count to Farmington, the four-time defending Class 4A champ, at a team tournament in Taos March 29.