Hsieh-Ratliff takes 6th in El Paso

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By The Staff

Los Alamos’ top girls singles tennis player Sidra Hsieh-Ratliff picked up three wins in the Sun City to finish sixth in her flight last weekend.
Los Alamos took part in the El Paso (Texas) Chapin tournament. It was the second trip of the young season for Los Alamos to El Paso.
The Hilltoppers entered a pair of singles players and three doubles teams to Chapin’s tournament. All the Hilltopper entries won three matches in El Paso.
Hsieh-Ratliff, a freshman, went 3-2 in El Paso. She knocked off three players from Texas, two of them in straight sets, but lost to a pair of New Mexico players, Lindsay Harlas of Las Cruces Mayfield and Carrie Alberson of Las Cruces Centennial, to take sixth in the 32-player draw.
She knocked off Vivrana Lews of El Paso Burgess 6-2, 6-0, Genny Hay of Fort Hancock, Texas, 6-0, 6-3.
But Hsieh-Ratliff had to come back from a set down in her fourth match of the two-day tournament. She lost the opening set to Isabella Rivera of El Paso Hanks, 5-7, before rebounding to win the last two sets, 6-1, 6-1.
Hilltopper Ariel Koh, who was also entered in the singles draw, also won three of five matches at El Paso. Koh lost two of her first three matches, but swept El Paso Austin’s Jennett Mavens and Santa Teresa’s Leticia Hernandez, giving up a total of just six games in those four sets, to finish 32nd overall.
The Los Alamos doubles team of Lauryn Anaya/Lauren Fugate had the best showing in the 32-team draw this weekend, placing 18th overall, one spot ahead of Hilltoppers Astrid Hengartner and Laura Whicker.
Anaya/Fugate lost its opener to a team from Centennial, but won three straight following that contest, all by straight sets. Hengartner/Whicker also went 3-2 in El Paso for a 19th-place finish.
Also taking part was the doubles team of Kristen Funsten/Kaitlin Lemke. Funsten/Lemke won three straight contests, knocking off two teams from El Paso and another from Santa Teresa, all via straight sets.
Los Alamos will be at Capital March 21.