Goddard netters turn back PHS

PNT staff

ROSWELL — Portales’ tennis teams were competitive with Roswell Goddard on Tuesday. They just came up a little short.

Goddard posted a 6-3 win in the boys dual, while taking the girls matchup 5-4 in a dual that featured four matches decided by third-set “super-tiebreakers.”

“Roswell High (which edged the Lady Rams 5-4 in Roswell last week) was a good team, but I didn’t feel we played as well then as we did against Goddard,” PHS girls coach Michelle Wallis said. “(But) the more competitive the team we play, the more competitive we become.”

Senior Ella Erf and sophomore Bethany Self remained unbeaten at Nos. 1 and 2 singles and also as partners at No. 1 doubles for the Lady Rams. Self needed a super-tiebreaker to prevail over the Lady Rockets’ Heather Gerstner in singles after losing the first set.

Portales also got a third-set win from sophomore Jayna Nance at No. 5 singles, while Goddard prevailed in that fasion at No. 4 singles and No. 2 doubles.

Junior Skyler Partin won twice for the PHS boys, highlighting their outing against Goddard. Partin beat Eric Smith 6-2, 6-2 at No. 5 singles and teamed with Davey Riser for a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Abo Feroze and Smith at No. 3 doubles.

PHS boys coach Wade Fraze also said the strong competition from Goddard will do his team good in the long run.

“It was good for us to see that kind of competition,” he said. “They’re a pretty solid program.

“Their tops (top players) beat our tops pretty handily. We just did things today we shouldn’t have, like double-faults and having easy putaways that we hit into the net.”

The Rams’ oither win came from freshman Walker Partin, a 6-0, 6-0 drubbing of the Rockets’ Mike Henry.

Portales teams return to action next Tuesday against Roswell Victory Christian. The duals will begin at 4 p.m. on the Eastern New Mexico University courts.