Hobbs sweeps pair from Clovis tennis squads

STAFF REPORT

It wasn’t Clovis High’s day on the tennis courts on Tuesday.

The Lady Wildcats dropped a pair of three-setters in doubles and were edged by Hobbs 5-4 in a District 4-5A dual at the CHS tennis courts. Meantime, Hobbs was in control most of the way in taking the boys dual 8-1.

Staff photo: Kevin Wilson Tristen Pautler returns a shot in his singles match against Brody Spears of Hobbs Tuesday at Clovis High School.

Staff photo: Kevin Wilson
Tristen Pautler returns a shot in his singles match against Brody Spears of Hobbs Tuesday at Clovis High School.

The results mean the Clovis squads finished last in the three-team district and will not qualify for Class 5A state competition in Albuquerque next week. The Wildcats and Lady Cats, though, still hope to earn spots in individual state competition in Friday’s district tournament at Hobbs.

Clovis won the bottom three singles divisions against the Lady Eagles, but struggled in a couple of close matches, including losing in three sets in No. 2 and No. 3 doubles. The latter match went to a tiebreaker in the third set, which Hobbs won 7-4.

Clovis got a 6-4, 6-3 win in No. 1 doubles from Meera Shad and Rylie Lee.

“I think we put up a good effort today,” CHS tennis coach Siobahn Liles said. “We’ve had a lot of obstacles we’ve had to overcome this year, but we played hard.”

Hobbs won everything on the boys’ side in straight sets except for No. 2 singles, where CHS junior Tristen Pautler went the distance to outlast the Eagles’ Brody Spears 6-4, 4-6, 6-4.

“Tristen has done an amazing job this year in singles,” Liles said.

Staff photo: Kevin Wilson  Rylie Lee chases down a volley in her No. 1 doubles match Tuesday at Clovis High School.

Staff photo: Kevin Wilson
Rylie Lee chases down a volley in her No. 1 doubles match Tuesday at Clovis High School.

Teams will be able to field three singles and three doubles entries in Friday’s meet trying to qualify for individual state competition. Liles said she wasn’t sure how her teams would line themselves up for the tournament.