HOBBS — Clovis High freshman Jesenia Velez rallied from a set down and 2-5 in the second game to beat Hobbs’ Amber Seay 4-6, 7-5, 7-5 Friday and take the District 4-5A girls singles championship.
The win qualifies her for Class 5A state individual tennis competition next Wednesday and Thursday in Albuquerque.
Meantime, senior Andy North took the boys singles title, beating Hobbs’ Bryan Loflin 6-2, 7-6 (8-6) in the championship match.
Senior Audie Rodela finished third in girls singles to advance.
The Wildcats and Lady Wildcats did not advance any of their doubles teams.
Velez, the top seed, beat Luz Soto of Hobbs 6-2, 6-1 in the quarterfinals and Lotte Haverkorn of Hobbs 6-1, 6-0 in the semifinals.
Meantime, Rodela downed Helen Chiou of Carlsbad 6-0, 6-1, then lost to Seay 5-7, 6-2, 6-3 in the semis before earning the state berth with a 6-7 (5-7), 6-1, 7-6 (8-6) win over Haverkorn.
The Lady Cats’ other singles entry, freshman Lexie Bonestroo, dropped a 6-1, 6-0 decision to Haverkorn in the first round.
In doubles, sophomores Stacy Gross and Alek Mendoza won their quarterfinal match over Landreth-Garcia of Carlsbad 6-7 (5-7), 6-3, 7-5 before losing in the semis to Rodriguez-Harmeson of Carlsbad 6-1, 6-0. Eighth-graders Alison Ebel and Meera Shah dropped a quarterfinal match to Ramirez-Pruitt of Hobbs 6-1, 6-2, while juniors Kelsey Young and Amber Grizzle lost a play-in match to McAtee-White of Hobbs 6-4, 6-4.
North, seeded No. 1, advanced to the finals with wins over Josh Ponce of Hobbs 7-6 (7-3), 6-4 and Cody Watts of Hobbs 6-0, 6-0 in the first two rounds.
In boys singles, sophomore Jordan Pitts lost to drew Brown of Carlsbad 6-0, 6-2 and junior Nate Carter was beaten by Loflin 6-3, 6-2 in quarterfinal matches.
In boys doubles, Senior Seth Zarate and sophomore Charlie Sharp lost to Gallegos-Miller of Carlsbad 6-2, 6-3 and junior Kyle Ferguson and sophomore Jay Shah were beaten by Jackson-Palacek of Hobbs 2-6, 7-6 (13-11), 6-4 in quarterfinal matches. Junior Brady Meador and Rosstin Ahmadian were beaten in the play-in round by Grand-Patel of Hobbs 6-2, 6-3.