PHS tennis teams knock off Clovis

By Dave Wagner

Portales High’s tennis teams have gotten the better of Clovis for quite a few years, and Thursday’s matchup at the PHS tennis courts was no different.
The Portales boys posted a 7-2 win over Clovis, while the girls notched an 8-1 victory over the Lady Wildcats.
Clovis, though, did take five matches into 10-point tiebreakers after splitting sets, winning three of them.
Three of the six girls singles matches were decided in tiebreakers, while Clovis senior Patricia Gallegos rallying for a 5-7, 6-2 (11-9) win over Lady Rams senior Rachelle Self. Gallegos won the last six points of the tiebreaker to erase a 9-5 deficit.
“Patricia did a good job of coming back in the tiebreaker,” Clovis coach Billie Merritt said. “I was glad to see her fight back.”
Meantime, the Lady Rams (12-2 in duals) won tiebreakers with sophomore Morgan Erf beating Britni Johnson 10-4 at No. 2 and freshman Kassandra Short defeating Kayla Schaap 10-5 at No. 6.
Clovis’ only wins on the boys side also came in tiebreakers, both involving senior Jason Goolsby. He got past the Rams’ Chance Plummer 10-5 at No. 2 singles, and teamed with junior Adam Quintero for a 10-5 tiebreak win over Plummer and senior Chris Kirchner at No. 1 doubles.
“It was good for us to play some close matches,” longtime Portales coach Bill Wahlman said. “It’s good to have that going into the district (tournament).”
The Portales boys (8-6) won handily over the Wildcats in the other five singles matches, losing a total of 11 games.
“We played competitively,” Wahlman said of the boys. “I thought Chris Kirchner played well (in a 6-0, 6-4 win at No. 1 singles), and the others were steady and took care of their business.”
Merritt said her boys doubles teams played reasonably well — notably, of course, Quintero and Goolsby.
“Jason and Adam really had a good match,” she said.
Clovis’ boys fell to 1-3 in dual competition this spring, while the girls are 0-4.

Portales 7, Clovis 2
No. 1 —
Chris Kirchner (P) def. Adam Quintero 6-0, 6-4; No. 2 — Jason Goolsby (C) def. Chance Plummer 7-5, 1-6 (10-5); No. 3 — Logan Brown (P) def. Cassidy Carpenter 6-3, 6-1; No. 4 — Chase Acker (P) def. Randall Stapp 6-0, 6-0; No. 5 — Nathan Acker (P) def. Michael Adams 6-0, 6-2; No. 6 — Matt Tucker (P) def. Matt Whittington 6-1, 6-1.
No. 1 —
Quintero-Goolsby (C) def. Kirchner-Plummer 6-4, 5-7 (10-5); No. 2 — Brown-C. Acker (P) def. Adams-Stapp 6-0, 6-2; No. 3 — N. Acker-Tucker (P) def. Carpenter-Whittington 6-2, 6-2.

Portales 8, Clovis 1
No. 1 —
Patricia Gallegos (C) def. Rachelle Self 5-7, 6-2 (11-9); No. 2 — Morgan Erf (P) def. Britni Johnson 4-6, 6-2 (10-4); No. 3 — Bethany Self (P) def. Emmie Gibbs 6-4, 6-0; No. 4 — Jessica Bulls (P) def. Emily Logsden 6-3, 6-0; No. 5 — Kaycee Quick (P) def. Becky Roberts 6-4, 6-0; No. 6 — Kassandra Short (P) def. Kayla Schaap 4-6, 6-1 (10-5).
No. 1 —
R. Self-Quick (P) def. Gallegos-Johnson 6-3, 6-2; No. 2 — Bulls-Erf (P) def. Gibbs-Logsdon 6-2, 6-0; No. 3 — B. Self-Short (P) def. Roberts-Elizabeth Edwards 6-3, 6-4.