Portales tennis teams cruise past Ruidoso

Freedom Newspapers

PORTALES — At home in a district match, the only team more dominant than the Portales boys were the Portales girls.

Against visiting Ruidoso, the Rams cruised to a 7-2 victory, while the Lady Rams rolled to a 9-0 victory on Friday.

“I am very proud of the girls,” Portales girls coach Michelle Wallis said. “Especially in doubles; they played well as a team.”

Junior Morgan Erf and sophomore Bethany Self continued their winning ways for Portales, each winning 6-0, 6-0 in singles action and teaming up to win 6-0, 6-0 in doubles.

Erf is 6-1 in singles this season. Self joined the team late due to basketball and seems to have carried the Lady Rams’ hoops success onto the tennis courts, posting a 3-0 record in singles.

For the boys, Portales coach Wade Fraze said he felt great about his team’s effort.

“Even the ones we lost were good battles,” he said. “They could have easily gone our way.”

Fraze said the resiliency of his team could be seen in the doubles match when Kyle Adams and Walker Parton fell behind 0-3 and Parton’s singles match when he fell behind 0-2.

Adams and Parton reeled off 12 straight games to win 6-3, 6-0 and Parton did the same in his singles match to win 6-2, 6-0.

Because two courts were unplayable due to cracks, matches were played both at the PHS courts and at Eastern New Mexico University.