Lady Cats second in Artesia Invite

Staff report

ARTESIA — Clovis High’s girls finished second behind New Mexico Military while the boys lost a super-tiebreaker for third place with Mesilla Valley to finish fourth over the weekend in the eight-school Artesia Invitational tennis tournament.

All nine entries for the Wildcats and Lady Wildcats won at least one match. The girls took individual titles at No. 6 singles, where junior Alexus Lucero went 3-0 and No. 2 doubles, where juniors Shaylee Warner and Breanna Smith also swept through three matches.

The boys could have finished a bit higher, but they didn’t have junior R.J. Alvarado due to illness and thus had to forfeit at No. 3 singles and No. 2 doubles.

Coach Siobahn Liles said she’s particularly pleased with the progress the boys have made since the start of the season.

“That was tough,” she said of not having two brackets, “but they totally rose to the occasion. I was super-proud of the boys; they’ve come a long ways.

“The girls are just trying to get ready for district.”

In singles for the Lady Cats, Warner at No. 3 and senior Brittany Pope at No. 5 both finished second, Smith was fourth at No. 4 and senior Meera Shah and junior Rylie Lee placed fifth at No. 1 and No. 2, respectively.

In doubles, Shah/Lee went 1-2 for sixth at No. 1 and Pope/Lucero were 2-1 for second at No. 3, losing to a Mesilla Valley team in the finals.

On the boys side, junior Isaiah Weaver lost to a NMMI opponent in the finals and finished second, while junior Tristan Pautler was third at No. 2 singles, junior Pedro Frais was fourth at No. 6 singles, junior Kousie Richeson was fifth at No. 1 singles and junior Marquese Gaither was sixth at No. 5.

In doubles, Richeson/Pautler were third at No. 1 and Gaither/Frais finished sixth at No. 3.

Clovis is now idle until its first District 4-5A dual on April 22 at Carlsbad.