'Toppers pull off upset in 2-4A final

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By Mike Cote

SANTA FE — Following the three doubles contests Saturday and knowing it was unlikely to pull off upsets in the top two singles slots, the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls tennis team had no margin of error in the District 2-4A championship dual.
And while things were tight in the remaining singles contests, the Hilltoppers came up big when they needed to.
Los Alamos, the No. 2 seed in the 2-4A tournament, pulled off the upset over the Santa Fe Demons. Los Alamos took the Nos. 3-6 singles contests to knock off the Demons 5-4 in the finale at Capital High School.
At those positions, Hannah Cunningham, Astrid Hengartner, Lauryn Anaya and Lauren Fugate swept their Santa Fe opponents.
The Nos. 3 and 6 singles, which were the big question marks for Los Alamos heading into the finals were close contests, however, with both going into third sets.
At No. 3, Cunningham had to come back from a set down to top Dakota Haraden, 1-6, 6-3, 6-4.
Haraden, an aggressive player who goes to the net any opportunity she has, looked like she might cruise to that victory after the opening set.
Cunningham, however, was able to settle in and move the ball around in the second and third sets, taking advantage of Haraden’s hard charges.

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