The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls tennis team was looking for a repeat trip to the state Class 4A final round Saturday, but couldn’t knock off its old nemesis from Farmington.
Los Alamos, the No. 4 seed in the 4A team tennis playoffs, earned a 6-3 win over Mesilla Valley Christian in the quarterfinals Friday evening, but couldn’t pull off a second straight postseason upset win over Farmington’s Scorpions in Saturday’s semifinals.
The Scorpions, the top-seeded team in 4A, downed the Hilltoppers 5-2 Saturday afternoon at the Jerry Cline Tennis Center in Albuquerque. The Scorpions took four of the six singles matches, then their No. 2 doubles team of Liza Briody-Pavlik/Riley Coleman earned a win over the Hilltoppers’ Laura Whicker/Hannah Cunningham, 6-0, 6-4, to clinch the win.
Last year, the Hilltoppers pulled off a huge win over the Scorpions in the final round of the 4A team tournament to win the state title, but this year it was not to be.
The two victories earned by Los Alamos against Farmington Saturday were at No. 1 singles, where Sidra Hsieh-Ratliff defeated a very tough competitor in Danielle Nguyen, 6-3, 6-3 and at No. 5 singles, where Lauryn Anaya outlasted Coleman 6-2, 1-6, 6-2.