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The Los Alamos Hilltoppers put a pair girls singles, a boys single and a girls doubles team into the quarterfinal round of the Class AAAA tennis playoffs Wednesday.
Both of Los Alamos' freshman girls, Colleen Fitzsimmons and Gillian Hsieh-Ratliff advanced to today's quarterfinal round of the AAAA state tournament, which is going on at the Jerry Cline Tennis Complex in Albuquerque.
Fitzsimmons came back from a set down to Deming's Ashley Marsh in Wednesday's first round of the state tournament. Fitzsimmons, who won the District 2AAAA championship Saturday, topping Hsieh-Ratliff in the final, dropped the first set to Marsh 6-7, but took the next two sets 6-4, 6-1.
She was scheduled to face a tough competitor this morning, however, in the form of Farmington's Kami Blackwood, the No. 2 seed in the girls draw. Results of that match weren't available at press time.
Hsieh-Ratliff, meanwhile, took a straight-set victory over sixth-seeded Mary Romero of Roswell. Hsieh-Ratliff advanced to this morning's contest against third-seeded Ali Rhodes of Piedra Vista by topping Romero 6-4, 6-2.
The other Hilltopper entry into the girls draw, Gina Stroud, fell to fifth-seeded Molly Merrion of Farmington, 6-2, 6-2.
In girls doubles, Los Alamos' Brenna O'Hara/Sarah Worland knocked off Erica Rasmussen/Dena Irvin of Farmington in straight sets, 6-2, 6-3.
To get to the finals, however, O'Hara/Worland could have to beat all three of Farmington's doubles team. It was scheduled to face off against MacKenzie Pavlik/Shayla Baysinger this morning and, should it win, could well end up seeing top-seeded Tori Merrion/Hannah Merrion in this afternoon's semifinal round.
In the other Los Alamos' doubles contest Wednesday, Los Alamos’ Sussana Lucido/Andrea Hengartner lost to Goddard’s Hallie Harton/Gaby Joyce, 6-0, 6-1.
In boys doubles, both of Los Alamos' teams playing in the first round, Kirk Webber/ Naftali Burakovsky and Erik Edelmann/Eli Berg both fell in Wednesday's first round.
Webber/ Burakovsky was knocked out of the competition by Albuquerque Academy's Jordan Key/David Zumwalt by default, while Edelmann/Berg took the opening set against Academy's Kevin Clauss/Cassidy West-Santos, 6-1, but Clauss/West-Santos rebounded to win the final two sets, 6-3, 6-1.
In boys singles, District 2AAAA champ Chase Havemann topped Grants' Weston Zeller. Havemann won that contest in straight sets 6-2, 6-0.
Dominic Lucido fell in his opening round contest to Farmington's Ryan Reeves, 6-2, 6-1. The other match involving a Los Alamos entry, Stephen Townsley against Grants' Jeremy Gallegos, had not been reported as of late Wednesday night.