After losing out on a pool play tiebreaker, Portales gained a new focus and swept the field in the consolation bracket of the Zia Classic in Roswell.
Portales finished in a three-way tiebreaker with Lubbock Christian and Carlsbad, but got knocked to the consolation bracket on points.
“We had a great tournament except for some rough luck,” Portales coach Ruth Chavez said. “It could have easily been us at No. 1.”
From that point on, Portales (8-2) didn’t lose a game. Friday night saw a 25-13, 25-16, 25-13 victory against Wingate, and Saturday morning featured sweeps against Lubbock Estacado (25-14, 25-22, 25-14) and Socorro (25-14, 25-13, 25-20).
“We played great,” Chavez said. “I felt like today against Socorro was the best game we’ve had this season.”
Portales, which has traditonally had slow starts since Chavez took over in the 2001 season, is off to its best start in four seasons.
Portales looks to extend a five-match winning streak Tuesday at Goddard.