Lady Rams advance one in singles, one in doubles to state

LOVINGTON — Sophomore Emily Walker in singles and senior Kim Spotswood and junior Sabrina Montoya in doubles will represent Portales High in state Class 1A-3A individual tennis competition this week at Albuquerque.

Both entries finished second for the Lady Rams in Friday's District 3/1-3A tournament. Walker is the No. 8 seed and plays Hope Christian's Melissa Rosenthal at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday at the Jerry Cline Tennis Complex while Spotswood and Montoya, seeded sixth, take on the Taos tandem of Reid and Forrester in the first round of doubles at 3:30 p.m.

Walker, the top seed in singles in the district meet, drew a first-round bye, then edged Susanna Pesonen of New Mexico Military 6-3, 6-7 (3-7), 6-3 before losing in the finals to second-seeded Callie Kerby of Lovington 6-3, 6-4.

"Emily played really well," Lady Rams coach Sara Meeks said. "She's a mentally tough player."

In doubles, the second-seeded Spotswood-Montoya tandem beat Janet Lampe and Erica French of Ruidoso 6-0, 6-2 and Stephanie Lerma and Celeste Olivas of Lovington 7-6 (7-2), 6-3 before losing to top-seeded Jacinda Hatfield and Kaitlin Crow of Lovington 6-0, 6-4 in the finals.

Other Lady Rams results saw freshman Jessie Privett losing to Kerby 6-3, 6-4 in singles and freshman Belle Youngerwolf and Samantha Lopez falling to Garcia-Wohler of New Mexico Military 6-2, 6-2 in doubles.

In boys singles, Sawyer Heath lost to Ruidoso's Daniel Marshall 6-4, 6-2 and Nathan Van Dam was eliminated by Lovington's Cameron Crawford 6-0, 6-0. In doubles, Mychael Sturm and Austin Lucero beat Corrales-Jaras of Lovington 6-4, 6-3 and lost to Lynch-Shure of NMMI 6-0, 6-3 while Derek Stone and Lowell McGill fell to Lynch-Schure 6-0, 6-0.

On Saturday, the Rams and Lady Rams were both ousted from team competition by Lovington by respective scores of 5-0 and 5-2.

Montoya and Privett were the lone winners for the Lady Rams, each going three sets. Montoya rallied past Kaitlin Crow 1-6, 6-4, 6-4 while Privett downed Lerma 7-5, 2-6, 7-5.

"Sabrina Montoya played the best tennis she has all year, and so did Jessie," Meeks said. "They both definitely deserved to win."

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