NMMI takes pair from Rams

Staff report

The Portales boys tennis squad ran into a buzzsaw on Thursday.

Meantime, the short-handed PHS girls nearly pulled out a win in the teams’ District 3/1A-3A tennis opener.

Tony Bullocks: Staff photo Portales eighth-grader Ethan Self, teaming with sophomore Aaron Swisher-Hernandez, hits a return against New Mexico Miltary at No. 5 doubles during Thursday’s District 3-1A/3A boys dual on Thursday at the Bill Wahlman Tennis Complex. The visiting Colts took a 9-0 win over the Rams.

Tony Bullocks: Staff photo
Portales eighth-grader Ethan Self, teaming with sophomore Aaron Swisher-Hernandez, hits a return against New Mexico Miltary at No. 5 doubles during Thursday’s District 3-1A/3A boys dual on Thursday at the Bill Wahlman Tennis Complex. The visiting Colts took a 9-0 win over the Rams.

New Mexico Military dominated the Rams 9-0 at Bill Wahlman Tennis Center, while the Lady Colts won two of three doubles matches to eke out a 5-4 decision over the Lady Rams at the ENMU tennis courts.

The PHS boys never got anything going against their strong opponents. The Rams managed to win 14 games total in the nine matchups, with no set closer than 6-3.

The girls, on the other hand, had three three-set matches, two of them won by the Colts. xxxx Hannah Evans and junior McKenzie Bucksath were involved in all three of them, with Bucksath winning over Chloe Ikard at No. 4 singles, Evans losing to NMMI’s Samantha Ikard at No. 2 singles and Bucksath and Evans falling to Sueanna Pesonen and Chloe Ikard at No. 2 doubles.

Lady Rams coach Anne-Marie Bucksath said the two three-setters in singles each lasted about 2 1/2 hours.

“We played good,” she said. “We’re just going to have to push through and finish these (duals). It was a good matchup to start our district.”

Portales squads hit the road twice next week, playing at Artesia on Tuesday and at district rival Lovington on Thursday.

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