LOVINGTON — The Portales girls and boys teannis teams moved into a first-place tie in the district standings on the strength of easy wins at Lovington Thursday afternoon.
The girls (14-2) and boys (12-4) both moved to 3-0 in district play, putting each into a tie with New Mexico Military Institute for first place.
The girls team will host NMMI Monday, while the boys will host NMMI Tuesday.
The Portales boys scored a 9-0 win over Lovington, with only one match going more than two sets — Nathan Acker split two sets with Tony Martinez 6-7 (7-9), 6-0 in No. 6 singles, but won the pro-set tiebreaker 10-6.
Also competing for Portales were Chance Plummer, Bryan Yeast, Chris Kirchner, Travis Holt, Logan Brown, Chase Acker and Bronson Riser.
The girls claimed an 8-1 win, sweeping all three doubles flights.
Hailey Quick won her match against Kristan Maker by default when Maker suffered heat exhaustion in their No. 1 singles match. Quick had also teamed up with Rachelle Self and won 6-3, 6-0 in No. 1 doubles.
Also competing for Portales were Morgan Erf, Jessica Bulls, Kaycee Quick, Bethany Self, Kassandra Short and Tamara Stroik.