Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

St. Michael's Takes Aim at State Tennis Title.(Journal North)

Byline: Will Webber Journal Staff Writer

* Lady Horsemen expect a tough fight with district rivals Sandia Prep

When the heat's on, the top doubles tandem for the St. Michael's High School girls tennis team relies on an unusual intimidation tactic to gain the upper hand.

"We pretend to be smart, or at least smart-sounding," said a smiling Martine Lopez of herself and partner Kat Lopez, no relation. "We'll look at each other and say something all serious about the weather or the ball, how something might have affected a certain shot. Basically, we try to make it sound like we know what we're talking about."

Added Kat: "Sometimes we'll sing; sometimes we'll stop and tell jokes. Most of the time, though, we're just talking, talking, talking."

Team success

Together, the Lopezes have generated a fine season for the Lady Horsemen. …

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