CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle Clovis High’s Tiffany Romero serves as doubles partner Kelsey Ashmore waits for a return against Carlsbad at Clovis High on Saturday morning.
Clovis High’s tennis coaches knew their teams had their work cut out against Carlsbad in a District 4-5A dual on Saturday at the CHS tennis courts. They just were hoping to be a little more competitive.
Both CHS squads had good moments, but in the end absorbed 9-0 losses against the district power.
The Lady Wildcats had to shuffle their singles lineup, coach Billie Merritt noted, due to injuries to their Nos. 1 and 2 players.
“The results weren’t that great, but I thought the kids played really well considering the jump (in order) they all had to make,” Merritt said.
No. 1 player Heather Trujillo sat out after suffering a concussion earlier in the week. She should be cleared to return to practice on Tuesday, Merritt said.
“Heather has a good shot at going to state and it was a tough break for her not to be able to play today (against Carlsbad’s Tamara Erdinger),” Merritt said.
The best match for the Lady Cats (6-5 in duals, 0-2 district) came at No. 5 singles, where Adriana Soto played the Cavegirls’ Ari Sharif to a 6-4, 6-4 decision.
“Adriana Soto played really well, and Sarah Brady (No. 3 singles, No. 2 doubles) also played well,” Merritt said.
For the boys, coach Dan Replogle said senior Marlon Wright had a good first set, but couldn’t sustain it in a 7-5, 6-1 loss to Colton Heinrich at No. 1 singles.
He said that was typical of the Cats’ day.
“I guess my disappointment is we play a good set here and there, but we’re not following it up with another good set,” Replogle said. “I knew we had a ways to go to be able to beat (Carlsbad), but I guess I’m greedy. I expect to be competitive any time we’re playing.”
Andrew Tressell had a competitive match against Chris Bailey at No. 6 singles, losing 7-5, 7-5.
“Andrew played well,” Replogle said. “He did the best of any of our players. Both of his sets could’ve gone either way.”
Merritt said the Lady Cats will host Portales in a 3 p.m. makeup of Thursday’s postponement on Wednesday. CHS will then entertain Hobbs and Carlsbad in the District 4-5A tournament on Friday and Saturday.