LA girls take second place at Carlsbad, Townsley wins

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Tennis: ’Topper No. 1 Hsieh-Ratliff takes second in top singles flight

By The Staff

Los Alamos’ Stephen Townsley was the winner at No. 1 singles in this weekend’s Carlsbad Invitational.
Townsley, a senior for the Hilltoppers, knocked out Carlsbad’s Cody Watt in straight sets, 6-2, 6-0 to win the top singles flight title.
The Hilltopper boys and girls teams took part in this weekend’s tournament, hosted by the Carlsbad Cavemen. The Hilltopper girls finished as the runner-up in team competition behind El Paso (Texas) Burgess.
Also picking up a title at the eight-team tournament was the Hilltoppers’ No. 2 doubles team of Colleen Fitzsimmons/Susanna Lucido. Fitzsimmons/Lucido grabbed a straight-sets win in the final against Carlsbad’s Morgan Greer/Helen Chiou, 6-3, 6-4, one match after picking up Los Alamos’ only head-to-head win over El Paso Burgess, Fizsimmons/Lucido prevailing against Laura Weglietner/Melinda Gonzales, 6-3, 7-5.
In girls singles, No. 1 Gillian Hsieh-Ratliff and No. 4 Lucido both advanced to the championship final round for Los Alamos.
Unfortunately, both were defeated, with Hsieh-Ratliff falling to Juliana Guerin of Las Vegas Robertson, 6-2, 6-0 and Lucido falling to Daniela Gomez of Burgess by a final of 6-3, 6-1.
Los Alamos’ No. 1 doubles team of Hsieh-Ratliff/Madeline Margevicius also made it to the final round but was defeated in the title match by Burgess’ Kelly Lambeth/Alexa Gallardo, 6-4, 6-3.
In all, Los Alamos’ girls went 19-8 at the tournament, including 2-0 against Deming, the only other Class 4A team at the tournament.
On the boys side, Dalton Smith at No. 6 singles advanced to the championship semifinals before being defeated, but bounced back to win 6-2, 6-2 over Burgess’ Christian Suarez.
Smith and his doubles partner, Chase Rochester, also advanced to the third-place contest in the No. 2 bracket before losing to Burgess’ No. 2 team in straight sets.