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Friday, August 5, 2005
District rivals among foes for Eagles in scrimmages
By JON FULBRIGHT
The start of District 3-3A volleyball play is still two months away, but the Pecos Eagles will have gotten a look at two-thirds of their district rivals by the time this weekend is over, as they play their two pre-season scrimmages on Friday at home and Saturday in Monahans.
The Eagles will host district rival Fort Stockton, along with the Fort Davis Maidens and Alpine Bucks, on Friday morning at the Pecos High School gym. Then on Saturday, Pecos will travel over to Monahans to face the Loboes, along with Odessa High and Odessa Permian in their final scrimmage prior to the start of regular season play next week.
While the coaching situation for Pecos was unsettled until last week, when Debbie Garcia was named to replace Becky Granado as head coach, it hasn’t affected turnout in the first week of practice. The Eagles have 16 juniors and seniors and over 30 freshman players working out, which Garcia said might mean Pecos will have to have two ninth grade teams this season.
“We’re going to try and get a look at everybody on Friday,” Garcia said. “We’re going to give everybody a chance to see what they’ve got and what they can do.”
With only four teams in District 3-3A, Presidio will be the lone district squad Pecos won’t see this weekend. Monahans has dominated the Eagles’ district the past three years, and come into 2005 off their first state title in 20 years and with almost all their players returning. Fort Stockton finished second in district last year while Presidio won a playoff for third over the Eagles, ending a run of eight straight post-season appearances for Pecos.
The Eagles have eight players back from last year’s squad and Garcia said they would carry 16 on the varsity for Friday’s scrimmages. “We’ll look and see how we do and then decide after that,” she said.
“They looked really good yesterday. Brittany (Rodriguez) and Adriana (Armendariz) were hitting the ball real well, our setters were doing a good job, and Tiffany (Tarango), Amalie (Herrera) and Jenny Palomino looked really good on the back line,” Garcia said.
The starting times for Friday’s scrimmage has Pecos opening up at 10 a.m. against Fort Davis, the team they’ll start their regular season against next Thursday evening. They’ll play a 20 minute scrimmage against the Maidens on one court, while Fort Stockton faces Alpine on the other court. At 10:30, the Eagles will take on the Prowlers and at 11 a.m. they’ll face the Bucks. The freshmen and junior varsity teams for the Eagles, Maidens, Prowlers and Bucks will then hold their scrimmages from 11:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.
The starting times on Saturday’s scrimmages are a little more spread apart for the varsity squad. They’ll open against Monahans at 10 a.m., then take on Odessa High at 11:40 a.m. and face Permian at 1:20 p.m.
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