By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer
ROSWELL— The Portales Ram rackets came alive in the Roswell High tennis tournament Friday and Saturday as the Portales boys came in third, while the girls took second place behind Farmington.
“I have to give credit to Farmington,” Portales girls tennis coach Michelle Wallis said. “Farmington has a great team all the way around. They came out strong through the whole tournament and just dominated everybody. I’m happy because that’s the kind of competition we have to see before we go to state, so I’m really pleased.”
Over the two-day tournament, the Lady Rams defeated the host Roswell High Lady Coyotes, Lovington, Artesia and perennial 4A power Goddard.
“It’s a huge deal to beat Goddard,” Wallis said. “Coach Joyce, the Goddard coach has an excellent girls team and they are very, very competitive as well and so for us to beat them is good.”
Portales senior Ella Erf and junior Bethany Self were undefeated on the weekend, winning all five matches. Self got her first action of the season since returning from basketball.
“Bethany came out and only had two days of practice and won all her matches,” Wallis said. “She played amazing. She barely had any practice time, and she came out and dominated this whole tournament.”
The Ram tennis squad placing third overall, behind Farmington and Goddard.
“We’d have liked to have been first or second, but we did OK,” Ram head coach Wade Fraze said.
The Ram No. 1, Kyle Adams dispatched Lovington’s Isaac Brown 6-2, 6-4 while No. 2 Walker Partin defeated Roswell High’s Matt Romero in straight sets 6-4, 6-3.
Portales No. 2 doubles Colton Stanton and Ethan Riser dropped the first set in each of their matches against Roswell High and Lovington, but fought back to win both matches.
“They got down early,” Fraze said. “They’re getting used to playing with each other, and they won’t quit.”
The Portales boys and girls host Roswell High at the Portales junior high tennis courts Tuesday afternoon.