HOBBS — Clovis High qualified three doubles teams for next week’s Class 5A state individual tennis competition in Friday’s District 4-5A meet.
The Lady Wildcats have two tandems going — senior Meera Shah and junior Rylie Lee took first place, while juniors Breanna Smith and Shaylee Warner finished third. The boys are sending juniors Kousei Richeson and Tristen Pautler, who earned third place.
State individual competition is scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday at Albuquerque’s Jerry Cline Tennis Complex.
“I’m very excited,” coach Siobahn Liles said. “I’m glad we got these kids qualified, especially on the boys side. They’ve had a tough year, but now they have something to look forward to. They’ve improved tremendously.”
Shah and Lee posted a 6-0, 6-0 win over Ashley Selman and Gracie Posey of Hobbs, then whipped Carlsbad’s Lilly Chiou and Andra Twitchell 6-1, 6-0 before downing the Cavegirls’ Morgan Greer and Hannah Paul 7-5, 6-2 in the final.
Smith and Warner defeated Tyra Murrill and Mimi Najera of Carlsbad 6-4, 6-2, lost to Greer/Hall 6-1, 6-2 and came back to take third with a 6-4, 6-1 decision over Chiou/Twitchell.
Other Lady Cats entries all lost in their opening matches — Brittany Pope and Alexus Lucero to Chiou/Twitcell 6-1, 6-0 in doubles, and Savannah Muir to Yoni Xiong of Carlsbad 8-0 in a play-in match, Ryah Taggerty to Hobbs’ Gabby Wilson 6-1, 6-3 and Maddi Creedle to Hobbs’ Liz Melot 6-0, 6-0 in singles.
Richeson and Pautler downed Nathan Paul and Adam Overstreet of Carlsbad (score not available), then lost to Brady Spears and Michael Mares of Hobbs 6-0, 6-1 before whipping the Eagles’ Sager Patel and Noah Turrubiates 6-4, 6-3 for third place.
Other doubles entries included Marques Gaither and Pedro Frias, who lost a play-in match 8-5 to Mendal/Lius of Hobbs, and R.J. Alvarado and Isaiah Weaver, beaten in the first round by Patel/Turrubiates 6-7 (4-7), 6-0, 6-4.
In singles, Ty Thompson lost to Carlsbad’s Sam Howard 6-0, 6-0, and Deamatios Burton was beaten by Carlsbad’s Patric Vigil 6-2, 6-3.