Lady Ram rackets dominate NMMI

PNT Staff Writer

The Portales Lady Ram tennis team got back on track Saturday afternoon winning all matches in a 9-0 complete team victory over NMMI, while the boys fell 2-7 at the Portales tennis courts.

The Lady Rams dominated so thoroughly, the NMMI Lady Colts managed just eight game wins in the six-match singles competition.

“We did extremely well,” Lady Ram head tennis coach Michelle Wallis said. “Our serves were better (than against Clovis), our ground strokes were a lot stronger as a whole.”

Portales’ top two girls didn’t lose a game as number one and two, Ella Erf and Cassandra Short each defeated their opponents in straight sets 6-0, 6-0.

Portales senior and No. 3-seed Jayna Nance defeated NMMI’s C. Haameyu also in straight sets, 6-2, 6-0.

Tessa Bryant, back from basketball, defeated C. Denus, 6-3, 6-0, while Portales eighth-grader Shelby Lucero and junior Tara Thron won their matches as well, 6-0, 6-2 and 6-0, 6-1 respectively.

Portales eighth-grader Lauren Woodward also swept her opponent 6-0, 6-0.
“This was a good match for us because it helped build confidence,” Wallis said.

The Lady Rams were just as dominate in the doubles competition, taking all three matches. Erf and Short didn’t allow NMMI a single game, taking the match in straight sets 6-0, 6-0.

Nance and Lucero lost the only set of the entire day for the Portales girls, but won the match in three sets, 7-5, 3-6, 7-3.

Sophomore Megan Lyons and Woodward completed the rout beating their doubles counterparts 6-0, 6-2.

“The young girls, Shelby Lucero and Lauren Woodward did very well today,” Wallis said. “I was really happy with the way they were … placing their shots.”

The Portales boys weren’t as fortunate losing all but two singles matches, and dropping all three doubles matches.

Senior Davey Riser won his singles match 6-4, 6-3, while Ethan Riser joined his brother in winning 6-3, 6-4.

Portales next hosts the Las Vegas-Robertson Cardinals at the Portales tennis courts at 3:30 p.m. March 14.

“They’re starting to improve quite a bit, so I’m really happy,” Wallis said.