Lady Rams bounce back with win over Goddard

CMI staff

ROSWELL — The Portales High girls tennis team bounced back nicely on Thursday from an 8-1 loss two days earlier in Clovis.

The boys, meantime, with just six players to begin with, were down to four by the end of their dual with Roswell Goddard.

Portales handed the Lady Rockets a 6-3 loss while the Rams had to give up three matches in a 7-2 loss to Goddard.

Junior John-Hayden McGill didn’t make the trip for the Rams due to a death in his family. Meantime, senior Bailey Thompson sustained a knee injury during doubles competition and had to default in both doubles and singles.

“We had a rough day,” coach Logan Brown said. “We had to essentially win (almost) all of our matches to win (the dual).”

Brown said Laurenz had some swelling in his knee and is scheduled to have an MRI next week.

Freshman Zach Laurenz was involved in both wins for the Rams, taking a 6-4, 4-6, (11-9) win over the Rockets’ Allen DeGroot at No. 4 singles and teaming with junior Nathan Van Dam for a 6-7 (4-7), 6-2, 6-2 victory over Trevor Herrington and DeGroot at No. 2 doubles.

“They all played well,” Brown said of his squad. “The one I was really impressed with was Zach Laurenz. He rose to the occasion and played really well.”

Meantime, the Lady Rams shook off Tuesday’s 8-1 loss at Clovis, taking four of six matches in singles and two of three in doubles.

“We had a really good day,” coach Ann-Marie Bucksath said. “We served really aggressively and we had a lot of good volleys.”

All of the Lady Rams’ wins were in straight sets except at No. 4 singles, where junior Samantha Lopez rallied for a 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 victory over Alex Casario. Lopez teamed with junior Belle Youngerwolf for a win at No. 2 doubles, while juniors Hannah Evans and McKenzie Bucksath won at No. 3 doubles.

“Savannah really stepped up,” coach Bucksath said of the singles win. “I thought Savannah and Bell and McKenzie and Hannah all played well in doubles.”

The Rams and Lady Rams return to action on Thursday when they host Ruidoso in Class 1A/3A District 3 matches.

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