Portales High’s girls qualified three of their four entries for next week’s Class 1-3A state tournament in District 3 competition on Friday at PHS.
Meantime, the PHS boys had a rough day, losing all four of their first-round outings in competition at the Eastern New Mexico University courts. State individual competition is scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday at the Jerry Cline Tennis Center in Albuquerque.
Today, district team qualifiers will be determined, with the girls again playing at PHS and the boys at ENMU.
Lady Rams junior Shelby Lucero took first place in girls singles, beating Carolina Espinoza of Ruidoso and Jill Coyle of Mesilla Valley by identical 6-0, 6-0 counts, then topping Jamie Haarmeyer of Lovington 6-4, 6-1 in the finals. The top four finishers in singles and doubles advance to state.
Portales’ other singles entry, sophomore Megan Combs, lost to Haarmeyer in the quarterfinals 6-1, 6-1.
In doubles, senior Makynsi Whited and sophomore Kim Spotswood placed second while eighth-grader Emily Walker and freshman Sabriina Montoya were fourth.
Whited and Spotswood beat Holdridge-Saenz of Mesilla Valley 6-0, 6-1 and Jacinda Hatfield-Kaitlynn Crow of Lovington 7-5, 1-6, 6-1 to reach the finals, where they lost to Rebecca Frazier-Nikki Kerby of Lovington 6-3, 6-3.
Walker and Montoya beat Adriana Sanchez-A.J. Shackelford of Ruidoso 6-1, 4-6, 6-2, then lost to Frazier-Kerby 6-0, 6-0 in the semifinals and to Hatfield-Crow 7-5, 6-1 in the third-place match.
For the boys, junior Kacy Vigil lost to Jacey Kidd of Lovington 6-1, 7-5 and junior Ryan Wood was beaten by Jose Cobo of New Mexico Military 6-1, 6-2 in singles play. In doubles, junior Raymike Montoya and senior Nathan Walker lost to Jorge Garza-Eduardo Cepeda of NMMI 6-0, 6-1 and sophomore Jesse Hooper and junior Brandon Carter dropped a 6-4, 6-3 decision to Luis Moncada-Jonathan Kawula of NMMI.
Today’s girls schedule has the Lady Rams taking on Ruidoso at 8 a.m., with the winner then meeting Lovington for the championship.
The boys schedule has Ruidoso and Mesilla Valley facing off at 8 a.m., with that winner taking on NMMI, while the Rams play Lovington in the other semifinal. The championship match will follow.
The top two teams in both divisions qualify for state team play next weekend in Albuquerque.