Carlsbad’s Miller and Bluth claim 2nd at 5A state tennis tournament

Left to right: Carlsbad tennis head coach Ryan Galindo, seniors Clayton Bluth and Andrew Miller and assistant coach Scot Bendixsen pose after Miller and Bluth won 2nd place in the 5A boys tennis doubles championship in Albuquerque on June 12, 2021.

Carlsbad seniors Andrew Miller and Clayton Bluth only had about a month to learn each other’s playing styles on the tennis court. The short time together was good enough for the duo to claim the boys district title and earn them entry into the state tournament with the No. 2 seed.

Carlsbad's Andrew Miller, left, and Clayton Bluth, right, display their 2nd place medals won at the 5A boys tennis doubles championship on June 12, 2021.

Miller and Bluth bested Hobbs’ Antonio Armendariz and David Harris in straight sets and had to earn a hard-fought three-match win against third-ranked La Cueva’s Conner Thompson and Sam Abadie to earn their spot into the Class 5A championship match.

In Saturday’s championship match, Miller and Bluth faced No. 1 ranked La Cueva’s Alex Lumanog and Ryan Halloway, a duo that had 24 wins, all in straight sets. The duo’s lone loss was a three-set defeat against Eldorado on May 25. The championship match was no different.