The Los Alamos Hilltopper tennis teams will head to their third contest of the young spring season Friday.
Los Alamos will take part in the Farmington Quad tournament, which is hosted by Farmington’s Scorpions through Saturday.
Along with the Hilltoppers and Scorpions, the Scorpions’ cross-town rivals, the Piedra Vista Panthers, are also expected to participate.
The Hilltopper girls are entering this season as the defending state Class 4A champions. Last May, the Hilltoppers stunned the Scorpions in the final round of the state tournament to earn their eighth victory in program history.
But Los Alamos lost several players to graduation off that team, most notably its top doubles team of Gillian Hsieh-Ratliff and Madeline Margevicius, as well as one of its top singles players, Colleen Fitzsimmons.
The Hilltopper girls team has 18 players on its current roster, including returners Laura Whicker and Astrid Hengartner.
Meanwhile, the Hilltopper boys have a good chunk of their personnel returning this season, most notably senior Nikita Belooussov and freshman George Margevicius.
Los Alamos advanced a pair of doubles teams to last year’s state 4A tournament,