PORTALES — The Clovis High boys tennis team bounced back from a pair of dual losses on Friday to beat Artesia 8-1 on Saturday in the seventh-place match of the eight-school Portales Invitational.
Clovis won everything except the No. 1 doubles match against the Bulldogs in registering its first dual win of the season in five outings.
On Friday, the Wildcats lost to Portales 8-1 in the opening round and to Hope Christian 7-2 in the consolation semifinals.
First-year CHS boys coach Dan Replogle said the Cats played well in Saturday’s dual.
“I thought we should’ve beaten Hope, but we redeemed ourselves a little bit today,” Replogle said.
Clovis’ Marlon Wright won four of his five outings for the weekend, losing only in singles to Portales’ Kyle Adams.
“Marlon Wright had a very good weekend,” Replogle said. ”Kyle Adams is one of the top players in the state (in Class 3A).”
Clovis’ girls, meantime, finished fourth in an eight-team bracket, bowing out on Saturday in a 5-4 loss to St. Michael’s.
The Lady Wildcats (3-2) lost to Portales 6-3 and beat Hope Christian 9-0 on Friday, then blanked New Mexico Military 9-0 on Saturday morning.
CHS girls coach Billie Merritt said her team actually played better in the loss to St. Mike’s than it did in either of the 9-0 routs.
“The kids played really well this afternoon; we had a lot of close matches with St. Michael’s,” Merritt said. “It was fun tennis to watch. There were a lot of long rallies.”
The Lady Cats split six singles matches against both Portales and St. Mike’s, but lost all three in doubles to the Lady Rams and two of three to the Lady Horsemen.
After beating Clovis, St. Michael’s knocked off Artesia to gain the championship match against Portales. But the Lady Horsemen elected to forfeit, giving the Lady Rams the team championship.