PHS wins in tuneups

PNT staff

CLOVIS — It’ll be a quick turnaround today for Portales High’s tennis teams, but at least they weren’t severely tested on Thursday.

The Rams and Lady Rams completed dual matches against Clovis suspended by rain and lightning last week, with the Rams winning 7-2 and the Lady Rams posting a 9-0 shutout.

Portales was slated to leave early this morning for Lovington and the start of District 4-3A individual competition. Saturday, the Rams and Lady Rams return to Lovington for district team tournaments.

The girls had finished singles play last week at Clovis, so they had only three doubles matches on Thursday. At No. 3 doubles, an injury forced the Lady Wildcats to default in the first set.

“It was good for us,” Lady Rams coach Michelle Wallis said. “We worked on our mechanics and on strategies. It was an opportunity for us to refine our techniques.”

The Lady Rams lost only 14 games last week in the six varsity singles, and dropped just four in Thursday’s doubles competition.

Meantime, the boys went 4-2 in singles and swept the doubles matches against the Wildcats. Only one singles match was completed before last week’s postponement.

PHS boys coach Wade Fraze said the Rams may have been motivated by their 6-3 dual loss on Tuesday at Lovington.

“It felt like today was a little better,” he said.

“Hopefully, it was a good step for them.”

Fraze said Kyle Adams and Matt Tucker played well in a 6-0, 6-3 win over Jason Roberts and Andy North at No. 1 doubles while Colton Stanton, who has only recently been elevated to the varsity, continues to play well.

“I thought Kyle and Matt played better today than they have all year as a doubles team,” Fraze said. “And I’ve really been impressed with Colton.”