A sister city boys rivalry is on tap in the second day of the Bill Wahlman Invitational, set for today at the Bill Wahlman Tennis Complex and Eastern New Mexico University’s Zia Tennis Courts.
The fifth-place matchup, set for noon at the Wahlman Complex, pits Portales against Clovis. The Rams took a first-round loss, 6-3 to Hope Christian, and defeated Artesia 6-3.
“We had some really good tennis, had a lot of competitive teams,” said Portales boys coach Brian Kirchner. “We had a nice day, so that helped.”
The Rams will face a Clovis team that suffered a first-round loss to Raton and defeated Ruidoso in the consolation bracket.
The Portales girls, meanwhile, are out quickly after a surprise loss to Hope Christian.
“They have improved tremendously since last year,” Portales girls coach Sara Bulls said. “It’s amazing how far they’ve came along.”
The loss set up a consolation-round match with Artesia, which had already beaten Portales twice in the last seven days. The Bulldogs made it three in a row with a 6-3 win.
The Clovis girls defeated Raton, and play in a 10 a.m. semifinal today against Ruidoso. The Lady Cats’ next matchup will be either Hope Christian or Santa Fe High (8 a.m. semifinal), in either the title (4 p.m.) or third-place match (2 p.m.). All four matches are at ENMU.
Bulls said Friday matches ran late, and a consolation bracket game between Raton and Robertson’s girls will start at 7:30 a.m. Saturday at the Wahlman Complex, with Artesia facing the winning in a noon matchup for fifth-place at ENMU
Bill Wahlman Invitational
Hope Christian def. Portales 7-2, Santa Fe High def. Artesia, Clovis def. Raton, Ruidoso def. Robertson
Raton vs. Robertson, 7:30 a.m., Bill Wahlman Tennis Complex
Artesia vs. Raton/Robertson winner, noon, Eastern New Mexico University
Hope Christian vs. Santa Fe High, 8 a.m., Clovis vs. Ruidoso, 10 a.m.
Third place, 2 p.m.
Championship, 4 p.m.
Hope Christian 6, Portales 3, Santa Fe High def. Artesia, Raton def. Clovis, Robertson def. Ruidoso
Portales def. Artesia, Clovis def. Ruidoso
Clovis vs. Portales, noon, Bill Wahlman Complex
At Bill Wahlman Tennis Complex
Hope Christian vs. Santa Fe High, 8 a.m., Raton vs. Robertson, 10 a.m.
Third-place, 2 p.m.
Championship, 4 p.m.
Hope Christian 6, Portales 3
Singles: Walker Partin (P) def. Andrew Wheeler 6-3, 6-1. No. 2, Brett Becker (H) def. Ryan Wood 6-1, 4-6, 10-7. No. 3, Kacy Vigil (P) def. Peston Edwards 6-3, 7-5. No. 4, Mark Montes (H) def. Nathan Walker 6-0, 6-0. No. 5, Brennon Nowers (H) def. Ray Mike Montoya 6-3, 2-6, 10-8. No. 6, Brad Christianson (H) def. Brandon Carter 7-5, 6-2.
Doubles: No. 1, Partin/Wood (P) def. Wheeler/Becker. No. 2, Montes/Nowers (H) def. Vigil/Walker. No. 3, Edwards/Christianson (H) def. Montoya/Carter.
Portales 6, Artesia 3
Singles: No. 1, Walker Partin (P) def. Carter Shuman 6-1, 6-2. No. 2, Ryan Wood (P) def. Cody Mitchell 6-3, 6-3. No. 3, Kacy Vigil (P) def. Nico Valenzuela 6-1, 6-4. No. 4, Henry Rodriguez (A) def. Nathan Walker 6-4, 6-3. No. 5, Aaron Solarez (A) def. Ray Mike Montoya 6-3, 6-3. No. 6, Josh Gonzales (A) def. Brandon Carter 7-5, 6-4.
Doubles: Partin/Wood (P) def. Shuman/Valenzuela 6-0, 6-2. No. 2, Vigil/Walker (P) def. Mitchell/McCormick 6-4, 6-2. No. 3, Montoya/Carter (P) def. Rodriguez/Solarez 6-2, 0-6, 12-10.
Hope Christian 7, Portales 2
Singles: No. 1, Shelby Lucero (P) def. Heather Morgan 6-3, 6-0. No 2, Marissa Best (P) def. Holly Wofford 6-4, 4-6, 10-6. No. 3, Emilee Cantrell (H) def. Kim Spotswood 6-4, 6-3. No. 4, Amanda Cantrell (H) def. Kynsi Whited 6-4, 6-1. No. 5, Breanne Smith (H) def. Stefania Gutierrez 6-3, 6-3. No. 6, Sarah Rosenthal (H) def. Sabrina Montoya 6-0, 6-2.
Doubles: No. 1, Morgan/Wofford (H) def. Lucero/Spotswood 6-0, 7-6. No. 2, Cantrell/Cantrell (H) def. Best/Whited 6-3, 6-1. No. 3, Smith/Rosenthal def. Gutierrez/Montoya 6-4, 6-0.