Portales cruises by Clovis

Cassidy Carpenter returns a shot in the second set of his doubles match Thursday at Portales. (Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson)

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer

PORTALES — Portales High’s tennis teams have gotten the better of Clovis for quite a few years, and Thursday’s matchup at the PHS tennis courts was no different.

The Portales boys posted a 7-2 win over Clovis, while the girls notched an 8-1 victory over the Lady Wildcats.

Clovis, though, did take five matches into 10-point tiebreakers after splitting sets, winning three of them.

Three of the six girls singles matches were decided in tiebreakers, with Clovis senior Patricia Gallegos rallying for a 5-7, 6-2 (11-9) win over Lady Rams senior Rachelle Self.

Gallegos won the last six points of the tiebreaker to erase a 9-5 deficit.

“Patricia did a good job of coming back in the tiebreaker,” Clovis coach Billie Merritt said. “I was glad to see her fight back.”

Meantime, the Lady Rams (12-2 in duals) won tiebreakers with sophomore Morgan Erf beating Britni Johnson 10-4 at No. 2 and freshman Kassandra Short defeating Kayla Schaap 10-5 at No. 6.

Clovis’ only wins on the boys side also came in tiebreakers, both involving senior Jason Goolsby. He got past the Rams’ Chance Plummer 10-5 at No. 2 singles, and teamed with junior Adam Quintero for a 10-5 tiebreak win over Plummer and senior Chris Kirchner at No. 1 doubles.

“It was good for us to play some close matches,” longtime Portales coach Bill Wahlman said. “It’s good to have that going into the district (tournament).”

The Portales boys (8-6) won handily over the Wildcats in the other five singles matches, losing a total of 11 games.

Merritt said her boys doubles teams played reasonably well — notably, of course, Quintero and Goolsby.

“Jason and Adam really had a good match,” she said.

Clovis’ boys fell to 1-3 in dual competition this spring, while the girls are 0-4.