Lady Rams post solid win

Ruth Chavez liked the way her team played Thursday night.

JOSHUA LUCERO: PNT correspondent

Portales junior Savannah Vincent hits the ball over Roswell High's Alexis Florez, left, and Gali Sanchez during Thursday night's volleyball match at the Ram Athletic Center. Vincent had seven kills and 10 blocks as Portales beat the Lady Coyotes 23-25, 25-21, 26-24, 25-15. The Lady Rams return to action on Sept. 6 at Santa Fe Indian.

Junior Kristen Wagner collected 18 kills and the Lady Rams improved to 2-0 this season by whipping Roswell High 23-25, 25-21, 26-24, 25-12 at the Ram Athletic Center.

JOSHUA LUCERO: PNT correspondent

PHS junior Simone Laurenz returns a volley against Roswell High in Thursday's match at the Ram Activity Center.

"I thought we played really well," Chavez said. "It was a fast-paced (match), but I thought momentum was always with us even when we lost the first set."

Portales trailed most of the first game and saw a late rally fall short, but the Lady Rams were in control much of the time after that. They held off the Lady Coyotes in Games 2 and 3, then overcame an early 10-4 deficit in the fourth set with a finishing 21-5 kick.

"Our passing was good tonight," Chavez said. "We were able to run our offense."

Junior Savannah Vincent had seven kills and 10 blocks for the Lady Rams, while junior Simone Laurenz added seven kills.

"They're a very good team," Chavez said of the Lady Coyotes. "I just thought we played pretty well tonight."

Portales also took victories in the junior varsity preliminary 23-25, 25-23, 15-9 and in the C-team matchup 25-17, 25-17.

PHS returns to action on Thursday with a 4 p.m. road contest at Santa Fe Indian.

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