Portales tennis entries lose in quarters

Staff report

ALBUQUERQUE — It wasn’t a good day — in terms of results, anyway — for the Portales High girls tennis squad.

All three PHS entries — two in doubles, one in singles — lost in Thursday’s quarterfinals of Class 1A-3A state competition at the Jerry Cline Tennis Complex after advancing with opening-round wins on Wednesday.

Lady Rams coach Ann-Marie Bucksath said her players competed well, with all facing higher-seeded opponents.

“We played good tennis,” Bucksath said. “At state, you match up with the best. We just didn’t come out on top.”

Portales’ singles entry, seventh-seeded senior Jessie Privett, dropped a 6-0, 6-1 decision to No. 2 Megan Lynch, a freshman, from New Mexico Military.

In doubles, fifth-seeded juniors Samantha Lopez and Belle Youngerwolf were beaten by fourth-seeded seniors Maya Olonia and Aquene Reid of Taos 6-2, 7-5, while the No. 7 team of juniors Hannah Evans and McKenzie Bucksath dropped a 6-0, 6-1 verdict to junior Jaci Fulgenzi and eighth-grader Jenese Fulgenzi of Las Vegas Robertson, the second seeds.

PHS squads will now turn their attention to the team portion of the state meet, with quarterfinals slated today and semifinals and finals on Saturday at Albuquerque Academy H.S.

Both the boys and girls are matched up against Hope Christian. The Lady Rams, seeded fifth, take on the fourth-seeded Huskies at 10:30 a.m. while the seventh-seeded Rams meet second-seeded Hope at 1:30 p.m.