Tiebreakers didn’t go Portales’ way on Tuesday when the high school girls tennis teams needed them. They broke Portales’ way on Thursday, when the Lady Rams didn’t need them.
Morgan Erf played a role in two of four tiebreaker wins for Portales, and only a defaulted match kept the host Lady Rams from blanking visiting Goddard on Thursday afternoon.
Portales coach Bill Wahlman said that the only match the Portales girls lost, at No. 6 singles, was defaulted with Portales leading 8-0 and Roswell needing to get on the road. Stephanie Brandt received the default victory after winning the opening set 6-1 over Kassandra Short.
On Tuesday, Portales was on the losing end of a pair of tiebreakers that could have turned a 6-3 loss into a 5-4 win against Goddard. Against Roswell, Portales won all four tiebreakers.
The tiebreakers played a role in the long duals, and Erf had a role in two of them. Playing in No. 1 singles and No. 2 doubles with Jessica Bulls, Erf won super tiebreakers, which go to 10.
In boys action, Portales made short work of the Coyotes, even without senior Chris Kirchner in the lineup.
Kirchner, who normally plays No. 1 singles, was out with a shoulder injury. His Ram teammates picked up the slack, losing only 13 games in the nine singles and doubles flights on the afternoon. Portales’ other five regular players each moved up one slot in singles, and Skyler Partin filled in at No. 6 singles with a 6-1, 6-0 victory over Trong Nguyen.
In Kirchner’s place, Chance Plummer blanked Donovan Miller in No. 1 singles.
Wahlman said that Kirchner will probably be back for next weekend’s district tournament.