Boys tennis: Hilltoppers shut out Tigers

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By The Staff

If there had been any doubt as to the ultimate outcome of this season’s District 2AAAA boys tennis competition, Tuesday probably squelched that doubt for good.


The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys tennis team crushed the Taos Tigers at home, sweeping all nine matches the team played and not losing a single set in the process.

Los Alamos gave up just six games in Nos. 1-4 singles Tuesday and just four games in the three doubles contests to come away with a big 9-0 victory.

The two teams have been district rivals for numerous years and in the last several they have been the two dominant teams in 2AAAA with formerly solid if unspectacular programs from Española Valley and Capital having fallen on hard times.

This season, however, there appears to be no doubt as to which team is the dominant force in the district.

The 2AAAA teams are scheduled to play a pre-district tournament qualifying event this weekend, but because Taos and Los Alamos had a match already scheduled for Tuesday, the two teams decided to make that match their pre-district showdown. The results were plenty decisive.

Hilltopper No. 1 single Patrick Raichur blanked Erik Christian of Taos in their match, then he and doubles partner Matt Whicker, Los Alamos’ No. 2 single, thumped Christian and Taylor Braselle, giving up just one game in each set.

Raichur/Whicker actually lost the first game of the first set to Christian/Braselle in what ended up being a rather low-energy match — Los Alamos had already won the dual with Taos before the match began. But after breaking Taos’ first service game, Whicker peppered several big first serves to give the Hilltopper team the lead.

Raichur/Whicker, should it elect to enter this year’s state tournament doubles draw, will likely be among the top three seeded teams in Class AAAA.

Los Alamos will likely need to beat just Taos at the district championship tournament, scheduled for April 30 in Taos, while Taos will have to play at least one extra match to get into the final.

The other teams in the district aren’t likely to make much noise at that tournament — the combined best talent among the other 2AAAA teams would probably fare no better against Los Alamos than Taos did Tuesday.

Los Alamos 9, Taos 0


No. 1: Patrick Raichur, Los Alamos, def. Erik Christian, Taos, 6-0, 6-0.

No. 2: Matt Whicker, Los Alamos, def. Taylor Braselle, 6-0, 6-0.

No. 3: Stephen Townsley, Los Alamos, def. Johnathan Jones, 6-1, 6-1.

No. 4: Chase Havemann, Los Alamos, def. Joseph Jagers, 6-1, 6-3.

No. 5: Dominic Lucido, Los Alamos, def. Allen Palmer, 6-4, 6-1.

No. 6: Misha Skurikhin, Los Alamos, def. Marcus Curl, 6-1, 6-0.


No. 1: Raichur/Whicker def. Christian/Braselle, 6-1, 6-1.

No. 2: Havemann/Lucido def. Jones/Jagers, 6-0, 6-1.

No. 3: Erik Edelmann/Naftali Burakovsky, Los Alamos, def. Palmer/Curl, 6-0, 6-1.