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Katya Skurikhin and Lauryn Anaya celebrate during the state championships Thursday. The doubles teams went on to place third at the Class 5A state championships.
Doubles duos take third at state

Los Alamos’ top boys’ and girls’ doubles teams both placed third at the Class 5A state championships Thursday.
Lauryn Anaya and Katya Skurikhin won a bronze and so did George Margevicius and Andrew Tang.
Sidra Hsieh-Ratliff also reached the third-place match in girls’ singles, but finished fourth.
After losing to eventual champs, Centennial’s Alberson and Alberson, in three sets during the semifinals, Anaya and Skurikhin took on another duo from Centennial in the third-place match, Raess and Benitez.
Anaya and Skurikhin won the first set, 7-5, but Raess and Benitez battled back to win the second set, 6-4.
The deciding third set was also close, but Anaya and Skurikhin finished strong to win the set, 6-4, and the match.
Margevicius and Tang also lost to the eventual champs, Albuquerque Academy’s Hootman and Hootman, in the semifinals.
The Los Alamos team then squared off with Piedra Vista’s Halgryn and Aligarbes in the third-place match.
Piedra Vista started strong and won the first set, 7-6. Margevicius and Tang, however, rallied back and won the second set, 6-4, to force a third set. Margevicius and Tang then closed out the match with a 6-4 win in the third set to win the bronze.

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