By Mickey Winfield: PNT sports writer
The Portales Lady Rams (8-5) continued their tour through District 4AAAA, losing at home to the Roswell Lady Coyotes (8-3) in four games Tuesday night; 25-15, 20-25, 25-17, and 25-15.
“We just had a meltdown, it was horrible play tonight,” Portales head coach Ruth Chavez said. “There really wasn’t anything good about what we did.”
The Lady Coyotes set the tone for the evening, running out to a quick 17-2 lead in the first game, powered by several kills from outside hitter Kimberly Ingram. The Portales girls rallied to take 10 of the final 14 points, but it was too little, too late, as Roswell High took the first game, 25-15.
“They just let (the big lead) get to them, and by the time they were able to come back it was too late,” Chavez said.
Roswell head coach Brian Massey also noticed the slow Portales start.
“It was good that we got up that far, (Portales) kind of weren’t playing, they were kind of going through the motions,” Massey said.
The Lady Rams turned it around and began the second game with a 7-2 lead, followed by a few Bethany Self kills, and the Portales girls found themselves up 12-7, but the Lady Coyotes reeled off five consecutive points to tie it at 15. Portales locked up the second game by taking 11 of the final 16 points to win, 25-20.
The Roswell girls dominated the third and the fourth games though, winning 25-17, and 25-15, respectively, to take the match three games to one.
“They killed us in the middle,” Chavez said. “Their middle hits just destroyed us, they were quick, and they were fast, and we just weren’t prepared for them.”
While his girls gained praise from Chavez, Massey saw his crew lose focus as well.
“I thought we came out and played real well in the first game,” Massey said. “We had a lack of concentration break down, Portales got off to a good lead (in the second game) they put some pressure on us, we struggled in game two, but in three and four we played pretty well, got out to some good leads and relaxed.”
Chavez hopes this could be a turning point for her girls.
“It had better be a turning point for our season, because they just were shown tonight that they can get their butts beat pretty easily,” Chavez said.
The Lady Rams travel to play the undefeated Goddard Lady Rockets Tuesday night.