Girls tennis: Toppers place third at tournament

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Fitzsimmons, Hengartner are runners-up in singles draws

By The Staff

The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls tennis team placed third at its home-away-from-home invitational Saturday.
Los Alamos hosted a singles and doubles tournament Saturday. However, because Los Alamos lacks a centralized location to hold a big tournament, it was played at Capital High School in Santa Fe.
The Hilltoppers finished with nine team points in the tournament, which included three singles draws and two doubles draws.
Not surprisingly, the Farmington Scorpions, the two-time defending Class 4A champions and the odds-on favorites to win again in 2011, easily claimed the team title. Farmington grabbed 30 points at the tournament, more than the next three teams combined. Rio Rancho’s Sue Cleveland finished in second place with 12 points.
Farmington’s team swept all five competitions to cruise to the team victory.
For Los Alamos, Colleen Fitzsimmons was the runner-up in the top singles draw. Fitzsimmons picked up a 4-0, 4-1 victory over Lyle Kotsch of Santa Fe Prep in the quarterfinals — all the rounds prior to the semifinal rounds were four-game sets — then earned another straight-set victory in the semifinals.
In the final, however, Fitzsimmons ran into Farmington’s very tough MacKenzie Pavlik, who picked up a 6-1, 6-1 win.
Hilltopper Andrea Hengartner placed second in the girls No. 2 doubles draw, topping Amalia Bertram in a tough, three-set contest in the tournament quarterfinals. Hengartner knocked off Española Valley’s Arianna Espinoza in the semifinal in straight sets before falling to Farmington’s Shayla Baysinger 6-4, 6-2.
In the doubles competition, Los Alamos’ team of Astrid Hengartner/Susanna Lucido won the consolation bracket of the top flight, knocking off Hilltopper teammates Laura Whicker/Emily Funsten.
In team competition, three of Los Alamos’ four district foes took part. Española Valley was the top finisher, placing fourth overall with six points, tying it with Piedra Vista.
Santa Fe scored two points and Capital didn’t score Saturday.
Los Alamos has a big weekend coming up. It will compete in the Albuquerque Academy Invitational, which is considered the most important regular season precursor for the state tournament.
Los Alamos will take on Goddard Friday morning in team competition, a match that Hilltopper head coach Bruce Cottrell said could well determine the No. 2 seed in the Class 4A team draw.