Clovis, Portales squads compete in quadrangular


Last updated 4/4/2023 at 2:54pm

HOBBS – The Clovis and Portales tennis teams ran into some stiff competition on Friday in a quadrangular co-hosted by Lovington and Hobbs.

CHS and PHS split head-to-head duals, Clovis winning the boys matchup 9-0 while Portales took the girls clash 6-3.

Both schools struggled against their Lea County hosts, with the Hobbs boys beating the Wildcats and Rams by identical 9-0 counts and the Lady Eagles claiming an 8-1 win over Clovis and a 9-0 decision against Portales. Lovington’s boys, meantime, topped the Cats 5-4 and the Rams 9-0 while the girls posted 7-2 wins over both Clovis and Portales.

The Lovington-Portales duals, played early Friday morning at Lovington, were also counted towards District 4-4A play. Winners for the Lady Rams in that one were junior Maggie Duong, 6-0, 6-1 over Vicky Leyva at No. 1 singles, and the team of Duong and senior Jenna Brown, 4-6, 7-5 and 10-8 in the third-set supertiebreaker.

The Cats and Rams played pro-sets in their dual, with Clovis winning all six matches played against the Rams, who have just four players on their roster, and the Lady Rams taking four of six singles contests and two of three in doubles.

The lone Clovis win against Hobbs came in No. 1 doubles, with senior Niliyaah Hall and sophomore Hansini Lingala besting senior Jessica Sturgill and eighth-grader Maddi Simon 7-5, 6-3.

Against Lovington, Clovis’ boys got wins from senior David Case over Michael Hein 6-3, 7-5 at No. 1 singles, junior Topher Oaks over Payton Atwood (score not available) at No. 6 singles, Case and senior Gerald Gonzales over Michael Nava and Rey Salcido 6-3, 7-6 (10-8) at No. 1 doubles, and junior Drex Carter and Oaks over Eduardo Sigala and Payton Atwood 6-1, 6-0 at No. 3 doubles.

Lady Cats winners against Lovington were Hall, over Vicky Leyva 6-2, 6-2 at No. 1 singles, and Hall and Lingala, 6-4, 6-3 over Angie Rodriguez and Yareli Andrade at No. 1 doubles.

Portales teams were slate to visit New Mexico Military in Roswell in district play on Tuesday, then return to Roswell next Tuesday in 4-4A dual action against Goddard. Meantime, CHS squads open District 4-5A play on Thursday with duals at Carlsbad.


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