The Portales High volleyball team oplened its season on Tuesday night by spanking Hobbs 25-14, 25-14, 25-15 at the Ram Athletic Center.
PHS pulled away in each game to win comfortably against the Class 5A Lady Eagles (0-2).
“It was back and forth for the first few points (in each set),” Lady Rams coach Ruth Chavez said. “I thought our serving was our main strength tonight.”
Chavez said junior middle hitter McKenzie Bucksath had a good night around the net for the Lady Rams.
Portales also won the preliminary matches, taking the junior varsity tilt in three sets 20-25, 25-4, 17-15 and winning the “C” team clash 25-23, 25-18.
The Lady Rams return to action on Saturday, hosting Santa Fe Indian. The varsity matchup is expected to begin around 3:30 p.m.
Rams hold off Clovis JV — In boys soccer, Portales survived a hat trick by Jose Duran of the Clovis junior varsity and posted a 5-4 win over the Wildcats at the PHS soccer pitch.
Five players scored a goal each for Portales (2-0), while sophomore Toby George also had an assist. George scored what turned out to be the game-winner, poking a loose ball in from about 15 yards out with about six minutes left in the second half.
Earlier, Portales led a pair of two-goal leads get away. Freshman Junior Salomon and junior Jose Barron scored in the first 11 minutes to put PHS ahead 2-0.
Then, after Clovis pulled even just before halftime, freshman Adan Garey and Micah Viera scored about a minute apart to make it 4-2 about 10 minutes into the second half. Duran countered with his second and third goals to tie it with around 12 minutes to go.
“It was a good game,” Rams coach Nathan Dodge said. “We had them down twice and lt them back into it, but we’re young. The kids played hard and gave it everything they had, and that’s all you can ask.”
PHS squads are in action on Saturday at Ruidoso, with the girls playing first at 1 p.m.