In the end, a five-time state singles champion was the difference in making sure Portales didn’t become a three-time team champion over the weekend.
Mariana Spilca claimed wins in both the singles and doubles category, giving Sandia Prep a 5-4 win over Portales for the Class 1-3A girls tennis title Saturday in Albuquerque.
She was a real dominant force in the finals,” Wahlman said of Spilca, who claimed her fifth state singles title on Thursday.
Though tennis is set up as a team sport in high school, Wahlman agreed that one player like Spilca can be a huge difference.
“That happens a lot,” Wahlman said, “and she was a real dominant force taking two points of their five.”
Wahlman said that the New Mexico Activities Association posted incorect scores for both of the finals in Class 1-3A. New Mexico Military Institute won state by beating Robertson 5-4, Wahlman said, instead of Robertson beating NMMI by that same score. As for Saturday’s girls dual, the score was reported as 6-3, not 5-4.
Robertson defeated Portales 5-4 in the first round, but Wahlman said a tiebreaker in No. 1 doubles could have been the difference.
“They played very well and lost 5-4,” Wahlman said.
The girls ended the season at 17-4, while the boys ended their season at 9-8.