Lady Cats notch victory in tennis dual at Portales

Clovis High’s Devin Aragon hits a shot during a doubles match against the Portales Rams on Tuesday in Portales. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle)

By Mickey Winfield: Freedom Newspapers

PORTALES — The Clovis High girls tennis team used a dominating doubles performance to charge to a 6-3 victory over Portales in dual competition on Tuesday afternoon at the Portales and Eastern New Mexico University tennis courts.

Portales’ boys, meantime, defeated Clovis 7-2.

Clovis girls coach Billie Merritt was happy with what she saw.

“I was pleased with how well we played considering how little we’ve been able to practice with all the snow and the recent weather,” Merritt said. “I was really pleased with how we played overall.”

The Lady Wildcats swept Portales in doubles competition 4-0, including the top doubles match featuring Portales juniors Kassandra Short and Tessa Bryant. They lost to junior Heather Trujillo and freshman Kalee Haragan of Clovis 6-3, 6-3.

Following a Goddard tournament last weekend in which the Portales girls won every match, Portales girls coach Michelle Wallis knows her girls can do better.

“I wasn’t mad that they lost,” Wallis said. “I was just more upset that they didn’t play to their full potential.”

Portales junior Tara Thron agreed.

“I don’t think we played very well at all,” she said, “and I know we can play better.”

The Clovis girls wrapped up their team victory winning two of five singles matches. Portales’ No. 1 singles player, senior Ella Erf, defeated Trujillo 6-0, 2-6, 6-1.

Short also won her singles match against Clovis senior Kelsey Ashmore 7-5, 6-0, but the Lady Cats carried the day as Haragan and Sarah Brady won their matches to secure the 6-3 Clovis team victory.

“It’s still real early in the season,” Wallis said. “It’s a learning experience, and we’re learning and getting better.”

The Portales boys dominated their Clovis counterparts, highlighted by Kyle Adams and Colton Stanton in singles. Adams defeated senior Marlon Wright 6-1, 6-3, while Stanton also beat junior Cory Young 6-1, 6-3.