By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer
The Clovis Wildcat girls tennis team used a dominating doubles performance to charge a 6-3 team victory over the Portales girls Tuesday afternoon at the Portales and Eastern New Mexico University tennis courts.
The Portales boys, however, defeated Clovis 7-2.
Clovis girls head coach Billie Merritt was happy with what she saw.
“I was pleased with how well we played considering how little we’ve been able to practice with all the snow and the recent weather,” Merritt said. “I was really pleased with how we played overall.”
The Lady Wildcats swept Portales in doubles competition 4-0, including the top doubles match — featuring Portales juniors Kassandra Short and Tessa Bryant losing to Clovis junior Heather Trujillo and freshman Kalee Haragan 3-6, 3-6.
Following a Goddard tournament last weekend in which the Portales girls went undefeated, Portales girls coach Michelle Wallis knows her girls can do better.
“I wasn’t mad that they lost,” Wallis said. “I was just more upset that they didn’t play to their full potential.”
Portales junior Tara Thron agreed.
“I don’t think we played very well at all, and I know we can play better.”
The Clovis girls wrapped up their team victory winning two of five singles matches.
Portales’ number one, senior Ella Erf, defeated Trujillo in three sets 6-0, 2-6, 6-1.
Short also won her singles match against Clovis senior Kelsey Ashmore 7-5, 6-0, but the Lady Wildcats carried the day as Haragan and Sarah Brady won their matches to secure the victory.
The Portales boys dominated in a 7-2 Portales team victory highlighted by Kyle Adams and Colton Stanton. Adams defeated Clovis senior Marlon Wright 6-1, 6-3, while Stanton also beat Clovis junior Cory Young 6-1, 6-3.
“It’s still real early in the season,” Wallis said. “It’s a learning experience, and we’re learning and getting better.”
Portales hosts NMMI at the ENMU tennis courts Saturday morning at 10 a.m.