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PHS drops final pre-district tuneup

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The Portales volleyball team ended its non-district schedule on a sour note on Tuesday, falling to Texico for the second time in 10 days.

Class 3A’s top-ranked team beat Portales 25-20, 24-26, 25-9, 25-20 at Ram Activity Center.

Rams coach Ruth Chavez was baffled by her team’s errors.

“We got down and we couldn’t fight back. We tried hard, but one error turned into two and things just didn’t go our way tonight,” Chavez said.

With their district opener at home Saturday against East Mountain, Chavez knows the errors are something her team will have to clean up.

“We have to go in and compete. We can’t play like this. We have East Mountain and Ruidoso and you can’t make errors against those teams and expect to come out on top,” Chavez said after the game.

link Joshua Lucero: Staff photo Portales junior Amanda Schmidt goes up for the spike during Tuesday’s volleyball match against Texico at the Ram Athletic Center.

“We did some good things tonight, but in order to win we have to improve and the girls know that.”

The teams, which were dressed in pink to support breast cancer awareness, split the first two games, In the third game, the Wolverines forced the Rams into a bevy of passing and serving errors on their way to 25-9 win.

After falling into an early hole In the fourth game, the Rams closed the gap to 23-19, but could only get one more point and the Wolverines (13-1) took the match.

Kaycee Stone led the Rams (5-9) with 13 digs and Kambrey Blakey had 11 kills.

“It was a tough battle and I wish we came out on top, I think we just need to come back strong to do well in the district. It’s just going to be a battle that we’re going to have to win,” senior outside hitter McKenzie Bucksath said after the game.