Lady Cats win second tennis tourney

CNJ staff

The Clovis High girls tennis team is off to a fast start this spring, having won both tournaments it has played in.

The Lady Wildcats went 4-0 in a five-team round-robin hosted by Roswell Goddard Feb. 14-15, then last weekend rolled through an eight-team tournament at Carlsbad.

“This is the same set of girls we took to state last year,” CHS coach Siobahn Liles said. “If they keep going the way they are, with how hard they’re working, we’ll do well.”

Liles, herself a CHS grad, said the girls team is hoping to accomplish something this year that hasn’t been done in at least a long time.

“They all want to take (District 4-5A, also including Hobbs and Carlsbad),” she said. “I’m so excited and so proud of them.”

The Lady Cats beat Roswell High, New Mexico Military, Lovington and Goddard in duals during the Lady Rockets’ tournament. Meantime, the CHS boys were 0-4 in the same event.

Clovis finished with 69 points in the girls’ division at Carlsbad, well ahead of the runnerup Cavegirls (39). All six CHS singles entries were either first or second, with juniors Rylie Lee and Shaylee Warner taking titles at 3-0 at No. 2 and No. 3 singles, respectively, and senior Meera Shah at No. 1, junior Breanna Smith at No. 4 and seniors Mariah McPherson and Brittany Pope all going 2-1 for second in their divisions.

In doubles, Shah/Lee finished 3-0 to win at No. 1, Smith/Warner went 2-1 for second at No. 2 and Pope and Alexus Lucero were 2-1 for third at No. 3.

The boys continued to struggle at Carlsbad, finishing last in the eight-team field with 13 points. Carlsbad took first place with 46 points to 35 for Amarillo Caprock.

The Wildcats, though, did get 2-1 showings in three divisions — junior Josh Otero, second at No. 4 singles; junior Richard Hernandez, third at No. 5 singles, and Otero and junior Kousei Richeson, fifth at No. 1 doubles.

Liles said the Cats should get help from a couple of basketball players when that season comes to an end.

“I have high expectations for the boys, too,” she said. “We have so many new players, but if they put in the work I think we’ll be able to do something.”

Clovis teams return to action on Friday and Saturday in the Paul Baker Invitational at Hobbs.

14-15 — at Roswell Goddard Invitational; Feb. 21-22 — at Carlsbad Invitational; 28 — Paul Baker Invitational at Hobbs.
1 — Paul Baker Invitational at Hobbs; 4 — Littlefield tournament; 6 — at Roswell High; 14-15 — at Roswell Invitational; 25 — Portales, 3 p.m.; 28 — Littlefield tournament.
4-5 — Bulldog Invitational at Artesia; 22 — at Carlsbad-x; 29 — Hobbs, 3 p.m.-x.
2 — District 4-5A meet at Hobbs.
x-Denotes District 4-5A duals.