CARLSBAD — Clovis High’s tennis teams qualified three singles entries and two doubles squads for Class 5A state individual competition in Friday’s District 4-5A tournament.
Sophomore Nate Carter for the boys and eighth-grader Jesenia Velez for the girls went 3-0 and won singles chmapionships, with Velez beating teammate Audie Rodela 6-3, 6-3 in the finals.
In doubles competition, junior Andy North and sophomore Matt Tryan qualified second for the boys, while juniors Kalee Haragan and Shay Brady finished third for the girls. The top three finishers in singles and doubles advanced to state competition, scheduled for May 14-16 at Albuquerque’s Jerry Cline Tennis Complex.
The Clovis boys, meantime, will be at Jerry Cline for 5A team state competition, scheduled for next Thusday through Saturday.
Lady Rams qualify team — At Lovington, the Portales girls tennis team split a pair of duals Friday to finish second in District 4-3A and advance to the Class 3A state tennis tournament.
Portales defeated Ruidoso 5-2, getting singles wins from Makynsi Whited, Megan Combs and Stefania Gutierrez and doubles wins from their No. 2 (Kim Spotswood and Whited) and No. 3 (Combs and Sabrina Montoya) squads.
Lovington took district championship honors, beating Portales 5-2. Portales’ victories came from Shelby Lucero in No. 1 singles and Combs and Montoya in No. 3 doubles.
The boys had a rougher time of it, losing 5-0 to Ruidoso in a dual coach Brian Kirchner said wasn’t reflected by the final tally.
“There were really close matches,” Kirchner said. “We just couldn’t finish any of them out.”
Girls coach Sara Bulls said Portales still has a few players going for individual tournament berths Saturday, and Kirchner said senior Walker Partin is in the semifinals of the district singles competition, with all four competitors advancing to state.