Lady Cats tennis tops Lovington

Clovis sophomore Jason Roberts returns a serve against Lovington sophomore Johnny Newton during asingles match Tuesday (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth)

By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer

Sophomore Emmie Gibbs and eighth-grader Heather Trujillo are Clovis’ high-wire act. Gibbs takes the chances, Trujillo is the safety net.

“She always backs me up,” Gibbs said. “Sometimes I miss the ball and she’ll always be there to get it.”

Gibbs and Trujillo won the No. 1 doubles match and helped the Lady Cats beat Lovington 7-2 at Clovis High School on Tuesday. The Lovington boys beat the Clovis boys 7-2.

Trujillo said she has no problem playing second fiddle to Gibbs.

“We work together as a group,” Trujillo said. “We won with hard work.”

Gibbs and Trujillo beat Lovington’s No. 1 combo of Danielle Olivas and Sarah Maker 6-3, 6-3.

“We play better in doubles than we do in singles,” Gibbs said. “We don’t get mad at each other. They were getting frustrated.”

Trujillo won her singles match 6-1, 6-2. Gibbs lost 6-3, 4-6, 6-3.

Clovis coach Billie Merritt said the matches were very competitive all day.

“There were a lot of really close mat
ches,” she said. “We just have to be able to close out some of those close sets.”
Four matches were decided in three sets.

“There were a lot of fun matches to watch.”

For the girls, Trujillo, Emily Logsdon, Kalee Haragan, Tiffany Romero and Sarah Brady won their singles matches.
Haragan and Logsdon also won their doubles match.

For the boys, Jason Roberts won his singles match, and Marlon Wright and Zach Witmyer won their doubles match.