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Portales, NMMI pull tennis split


April 18, 2018

Eric Murray

Portales' Sarah Blaeser prepares to hit a return in her No. 1 doubles match against NMMI Tuesday at the Bill Wahlman Tennis Center. Blaeser and Zamorye Cox took the win in three sets, as Portales won 9-0.

PORTALES — Be a little better today than you were yesterday.

The Portales High tennis teams took that to heart Tuesday, with their second battle in just four days with district-rival New Mexico Military Institute.

On the home courts of the Bill Wahlman Tennis Center, both the girls and boys squads were just a little bit better than they were before, with the girls claiming a 9-0 win and the boys falling 8-1.

When the two faced off in a district round-robin Saturday in Roswell, the Portales girls won 7-2 — losing two matches by default after the final score was determined — and the boys fell 9-0.

The girls got some challenges from NMMI, as Zamorye Cox could likely attest. The Portales senior and No. 2 singles player rallied from a 7-5 opening set loss to Morgan Lynch to take the final two sets 6-3, 6-4. That was after she and Sarah Blaeser went three sets with Lynch and Eliana Ward. Each team took a set via tiebreaker in the 6-7 (4-7), 7-6 (7-4), 6-2 Portales win.

On the boys side, Julian Tellez and Tyler Underhill teamed up for Portales' only win, taking No. 3 doubles in three sets.

Portales is back in action April 27 in the next round of the 1A-4A District 3-4 tournament.


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