PHS tennis sqauds fall at Clovis

By Dave Wagner

CMI sports writer

dwagner@cnjonline.com

CLOVIS — Playing for just the second time this spring, Portales High’s tennis squads struggled in duals with Clovis on Tuesday.

The Wildcats posted a 6-3 victory over the Rams in boys competition, while the Lady Wildcats handed PHS an 8-1 setback. It was the first action for Portales since a tournament in Roswell March 7-8.

Clovis Media Inc.: Tony Bullocks Portales senior Emily Walker prepares to serve to Clovis’ Meera Shah during their girls No. 1 singles match on Tuesday at Clovis. The Lady Rams lost to the Lady Wildcats 8-1, while the Clovis boys handed the Rams a 6-3 setback.

Clovis Media Inc.: Tony Bullocks
Portales senior Emily Walker prepares to serve to Clovis’ Meera Shah during their girls No. 1 singles match on Tuesday at Clovis. The Lady Rams lost to the Lady Wildcats 8-1, while the Clovis boys handed the Rams a 6-3 setback.

Winners for the PHS boys were junior Austin Lucero at No. 1 singles, junior John-Hayden McGill at No. 4 singles and the tandem of Hayden-McGill and Ethan Self at No. 3 doubles, the latter a 10-8 decision in a supertiebreaker after the teams split the first two sets.

Despite the loss, boys coach Logan Brown was encouraged by his squad’s play.

“They’re playing good,” he said. “I saw some good matches today. I just have to keep reminding myself that we’re a young team and we’re playing a (Class 5A) school.”

Self, an eighth-grader, was actually involved in two supertiebreakers, losing to the Cats’ Pedro Frais 11-9 in the supertiebreaker.

On the girls’ side, Clovis won supertiebreakers from the Lady Rams at No. 2 singles and No. 2 doubles. The lone PHS win came at No. 5 singles, where junior Belle Youngerwolf outlasted the Lady Cats’ Mariah McPherson 7-6 (11-9), 7-5.

“We didn’t do all that bad,” Lady Rams coach Anne-Marie Bucksath said. “We’ve been off for two weeks, but we should’ve had some more wins and we didn’t.

“Clovis was good, though. They have some good kids.”

Clovis Media Inc.: Tony Bullocks Portales junior Austin Lucero sends a return over the net to Clovis’ Kousei Richeson during their No. 1 boys singles match on Tuesday at Clovis. Lucero posted a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Richeson.

Clovis Media Inc.: Tony Bullocks
Portales junior Austin Lucero sends a return over the net to Clovis’ Kousei Richeson during their No. 1 boys singles match on Tuesday at Clovis. Lucero posted a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Richeson.

PHS squads return to action on Thursday with duals against Goddard at Roswell, starting at 3 p.m.

Speak Your Mind

*