HOBBS — Veteran Portales volleyball coach Ruth Chavez probably won't be sending the tape of Tuesday's season opener against Hobbs into the Volleyball Hall of Fame, but she was pleased with the result.
PHS lost two games handily, but pulled out a couple of close ones and left two with a 25-14, 15-25, 25-23, 14-25, 15-13 win over the Lady Eagles.
Juniors Simone Laurenz and Kristen Wagner had 11 and eight kills, respectively, for the Lady Rams.
"It was just kind of back and forth, not real pretty," Chavez said of the match. "But it was a win.
"We struggled with serve-receive; we're just not in sync yet, and we're still trying to figure out who (plays) where."
Portales led for most of the fifth game, Chavez said, but had to hang on after making a number of hitting errors down the stretch. The final point came on a Hobbs attack error.
Portales also took the junior varsity matchup, beating the Lady Eagles 25-18, 25-16.
The Lady Rams open their home schedule on Thursday night, hosting Roswell High in a contest scheduled to begin around 6:45 p.m.
Elida posts opening win — The Elida Lady Tigers got out of the gates with a 25-23, 25-21, 25-20 home win over the Fort Sumner Vixens on Tuesday night.
Elida coach Darrell Chenault said the games went back-and-forth, adding that Elida erased a three-point deficit with a 7-0 run in the third set.
"It was a great way to start the year," he said. "That was a high-quality win.
"We all played well for the most part. Our defense was really good, and our serving was good.
Elida also won the junior varsity match 25-19, 24-26, 15-10 and a junior high contest 25-21, 25-15.
At Dora, the Lady Coyotes took one on the chin in their season opener, falling to Eunice 25-13, 25-11, 27-25.