Cardinal netters take Carlsbad

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By Dave Kavanaugh

Youth hasn’t hurt Robertson’s tennis teams too much this year. The Cardinal boys followed a 6-3 win at New Mexico Military with a tournament title in Carlsbad over the weekend. And the Lady Cards placed third in the Carlsbad event after also beating NMMI in Roswell. Coach Juan Carlos Fulgenzi’s bunch edged El Paso Jefferson 52 points to 50 for first place in an eight-team tourney.  Amadeo Lopez won at No. 3 singles, beating Donnie Rodriguez of Carlsbad 6-4, 5-7, 7-5 in the final. The Cards also got a title at No. 2 doubles when Lopez and David Romero prevailed 6-1, 6-3 over Carlsbad. Emilio Gomez (No. 1 singles), Romero (No. 2 singles) and Marcus Alcaraz (No. 4 singles) also reached the finals before falling. Gomez and Alcaraz teamed up and finished third at No. 1 doubles. So did Lucas Vigil and Nick Newman at No. 3 doubles. Vigil was fifth and Newman sixth in No. 5 and No. 6 singles, respectively. At NMMI Thursday, Gomez, Lopez, Vigil and Newman won in singles, and the duos of Gomez-Lopez and Vigil-Newman took doubles matches for RHS, and all in two sets apiece. The three losses went three sets. Incidentally, the Colts went on to win the Artesia Invite. • • • Coach Randy Garcia’s Lady Cards swept NMMI Thursday — “Everybody won convincingly,” Garcia said — and then won three flights to finish third in Carlsbad. Juliana Guerin and Miranda Garcia pulled a double whammy on the opposition, taking first in No. 1 and No. 2 singles, then teaming to capture the No. 1 doubles crown. Victoria Gomez and Victoria Urrutia were each third at No. 3 and No. 4 singles, respectively. They paired to finish fourth in No. 2 doubles. Victoria Giron placed fourth in the No. 5 singles flight. And relative newcomer Dominique Rivera “showed she’s really improved,” said Coach Garcia. “I’m really proud,” he said. “These girls have just made leaps and bounds from last year.”

RHS is scheduled to host its own tournament this coming weekend.