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Three RHS netters take state

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Cardinal boys team runner-up

By Dave Kavanaugh

Add some more names to that championship wall adorning the LeRoy Fulgenzi tennis complex at Robertson High.

Juliana Guerin won her second consecutive (and third overall) Class 1A-3A state girls’ singles championship this past Thursday at Jerry Cline Complex in Albuquerque.

Meanwhile, the Cardinals’ David Romero and Amadeo Lopez paired up to win the boys’ doubles title.

Guerin outgunned friendly nemesis Paloma Gomez of St. Michael’s in a 6-2, 6-3, final match Thursday evening to wrap a dominant two-day run.

She opened with a 6-1, 6-0 victory over Lovington’s Katelyn Slater, the No. 7 seed.

Then she disposed of No. 3 Jacinda Hatfield, another Lady Wildcat standout, in a 6-0, 6-2 semifinal.

That set up a championship rematch with Gomez, who’d dropped only a single game in the tournament.

Romero and Lopez, two cousins who’d clashed memorably for the district singles title a season earlier when the latter played for West Las Vegas, have been a strong duo all spring.

They followed a district championship by upsetting No. 1 seed Rand Briggs and Andrew Patten from Bosque by a 6-4, 6-2 tally in Thursday’s final.

Up to that point, Romero and Lopez had lost only one  game in bouncing two teams from eventual state team champ New Mexico Military.

The Robertson boys finished as state runners-up in the team tournament, falling 5-2 in a final against No. 1 NMMI on Saturday.

The third-seeded Cardinals had beaten Sandia Prep 5-2 on Friday before taking down No. 2 Bosque in a 5-4 thriller earlier Saturday.

Robertson’s girls lost to Hope Christian by a 5-4 tally in the team bracket. Top-ranked Bosque would sweep No. 2 Sandia Prep to take the title.