FHS boys, girls take titles at Roswell Invite

Karl Schneider
The Farmington boys and girls tennis teams pose for a photo after winning titles at the Roswell Invitational on Saturday in Roswell.

FARMINGTON – The Farmington boys and girls tennis teams swept the competition at the Roswell Invitational with both teams bringing home first-place finishes this weekend in Roswell.

The Farmington boys earned the tournament title after toppling rival Piedra Vista in the final.

The Scorps controlled the singles matches against PV, winning four of the six, then took two of the three doubles matches to win the title by a score of 6-3.

Farmington boys coach Larry Larson said the match with PV was very close and competitive, and the weekend as a whole was very good.

“As the scores indicate, this match could have swung any direction,” Larson said of the final against PV. “These two teams are well matched and may very well see a rematch Saturday in the finals of the (Farmington Invitational).”

The Scorps beat Lovington 6-3 in the first round, then smoked Roswell 9-0 to advance to the finals.

Ned Merrion, Peyton Rasmussen and Khaleel Hollingsworth all finished the weekend 3-0 in their singles matches.

PV boys coach Jenny Baker said it was a good weekend for the Panthers, and is proud of how the team pushed Farmington to the limit.

“We have some things to work on. I know they’re really excited to play Farmington again and that’s what we’re aiming for,” Baker said, referencing a potential finals matchup at the (Farmington Invitational). “We have a lot of respect for Farmington, and we hope to get out there and give our best performance.”

The Piedra Vista boys tennis team poses for a photo after taking second place at the Roswell Invitational on Saturday in Roswell.

On the girls’ side, the Lady Scorps dropped just five matches during the tournament.

In the first round, Farmington knocked off New Mexico Military Institute 7-2, then blanked Roswell 9-0 in the semifinals. Farmington met Goddard in the finals and beat the Lady Rockets 6-3.

“We were able to have some good matches throughout the tournament,” Farmington head coach Pat McGrath said. “Emily Nguyen lost a very good match to Megan Lynch from NMMI 6-4, 7-5. Emily played at a high level at times, but was not able to keep that level the entire match. Megan (Lynch) has a lot of weapons to keep you off balance.”

In the final against Goddard, FHS dropped the No. 3 doubles match, and the No. 5 and No. 6 singles matches.

McGrath said those losses will determine what the Lady Scorps work on in practice this week as the team gets ready to host its home invitational Friday and Saturday.

The PV girls finished third at the invite, beating Roswell 5-4 in the third-place match.

“The girls made the decision that when we went down there, we weren’t going to come back without a trophy, and they did it,” PV girls coach Alison Goff said.

The Piedra Vista girls tennis team poses for a photo after placing third at the Roswell Invitational on Saturday in Roswell.

After the singles matches, the two teams were tied 3-3. The Lady Panthers lost the No. 1 doubles match and won the No. 3 doubles match to put the fate of the outcome on their No. 2 doubles team of junior Samantha Begay and freshman Angelica Sabol.

After winning the first set with ease, Begay and Sabol fell behind 4-1 in the second, but battled back to pick up a 7-5 victory.

The Farmington and PV boys and girls teams will play at the Farmington Invitational on Friday and Saturday.

Karl Schneider is the sports editor for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4648.