By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer
The Portales Ram and Lady Ram tennis teams continued preparation for a big weekend tournament by routing Roswell High Tuesday afternoon in Portales.
The Portales boys won all six singles matches and took two of three doubles competitions while the girls won five of six singles matches and two of three doubles battles.
“I’m really happy with this overall mental focus throughout,” Portales Ram coach Wade Fraze said. “We played the same guys and the same doubles teams in Roswell at their tournament last weekend and we split with them there.”
Portales No. 1 Kyle Adams dropped his first set on the way to winning his match against Roswell’s Milos Sujuansky 1-6, 6-3, 6-3, while No. 2 Walker Partin defeated Adrian Cortinas in straight sets 6-2, 6-2.
The Ram doubles nearly pulled the sweep as the combination of Adams and Partin beat Sujansky and Cortinas 7-5, 6-0 and Skyler Partin and Davey Riser cruised 6-2, 6-1. The late time forced an early tie-breaker in the third doubles match which Portales lost.
On the girls side, senior Ella Erf disposed of Roswell’s Kara Hickey in straight sets 6-0, 6-4. Erf’s state champion doubles partner from a year ago, junior Bethany Self, also breezed past Amber Walker 6-3, 6-3 but Portales No. 3 Kassandra Short submitted the most complete performance of the day with a 6-0, 6-0 defeat of Roswell’s Shelby Wier.
“Kassandra just played excellent today,” Portales girls coach Michelle Wallis said. “She dominated.”
Roswell High senior Keri Pirtle took the Lady Coyotes only victory of the day with a 6-4, 6-0 defeat of Tessa Bryant. Portales senior Jayna Nance and junior Tara Thron won their matches as well.
Erf and Self allowed just two Roswell game victories in the number one doubles match defeating Hickey and Wier 6-2, 6-0. Short and Bryant lost to Walker and Pirtle 4-6, 4-7, but Nance and Lauren Woodward got past Michelle Carmona and Gaby Chacon 6-4, 6-3.
“Our number one and number three doubles teams executed (at) the net real well,” Wallis said. “I think that was our success (today), was that we played the net very well. When we play doubles, we need to take the net away from the other team, and I think we did that today.”
The Rams and Lady Ram rackets will be busy again at home this weekend, as several teams play at the Portales Junior High and Eastern New Mexico courts Friday and Saturday including Clovis, St. Michael’s, Santa Fe, Hope Christian, Raton, Artesia and NMMI.
“I expect (our girls) to win,” Wallis said. “The girls are hungry to win against Clovis.”