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Cats, Lady Cats post wins


Kevin Wilson

Clovis High freshman David Heath hits a backhand return during his No. 3 doubles match with junior Colby Coiner against Manzano in Saturday's District 2-6A dual at the CHS courts. Heath and Coiner scored a 6-1, 6-2 victory over the Monarchs' Billy Spotz and Eric Guana, and the Wildcats won the dual 7-2.

CLOVIS — If you've got to play in nasty weather, at least come out with a win.

Clovis High's tennis teams opened District 2-6A action on Saturday in brisk, 40ish type weather and earned a sweep over Manzano at the CHS tennis courts, the boys winning 7-2 and the girls 8-1.

"It was a good day, weather and all," CHS tennis coach Brenna Silveira said. "We were glad to go out and win like that. It's a good way to start district."

The Wildcats (3-0 in duals) and Lady Wildcats (2-1) each went 3-0 in doubles play. The Monarchs won the Nos. 1 and 2 classes in boys singles, while junior Rachel Penner managed to get past the Lady Cats' Madison Credle 11-9 in a 10-point tiebreaker after splitting sets.

Bryant Vencill and Stone Davis won in singles for the Monarchs (1-4, 0-2 district), and they pushed the Cats' top players, Rohan Angadi and Nick Donaldson, to a supertiebreaker at No. 1 doubles, with the Clovis tandem prevailing 10-7.

J.J. Alvarado at No. 3, David Heath at No. 4, Colby Coiner at No. 5 and Tony Betts at No. 6 each won in straight sets in singles for the Cats, and they lost only three games between them in taking the No. 2 and No. 3 doubles matches as well.

"Rojan had a tough match (with Vencill at No. 1 singles)," Silveira said. "They were evenly matched, but (Vencill) seemed to get to every ball."

Meantime, four of the girls' matches went to a third set, and junior Mya Grimes fought off Manzano's Rachel Penner in a second-set tiebreaker.

"The weather could've been better, but we're just one step closer to going to state," said CHS senior Kylee Brooks, who beat Manzano's Angie Sisneros in three sets at No. 1 singles and teamed with junior Jadan Anderson for a 6-2, 6-4 win over Sisneros and Penner at No. 1 doubles. "We could've played better, but it's hard to do when you can't feel your hands."

The Cats and Lady Cats figure to receive a stiffer challenge next weekend in Albuquerque when they face Eldorado on Friday and La Cueva on Saturday morning.


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