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Tuesday, August 9, 2005

Eagles set to open season after weekend scrimmages

The Pecos Eagles volleyball team got to see one of their season-opening opponents, a couple of other pre-district opponents and two of their District 3-3A rivals over the weekend, in their two pre-season scrimmages in Pecos and Monahans.

The scrimmages were the first for new coach Debbie Garcia, who took a look at all 16 of her juniors and seniors in the first two scrimmages at the Pecos High School gym on Friday, against Fort Davis and Fort Stockton. The Eagles’ returning players saw more action in the final scrimmage, against Alpine, and on Saturday, when Pecos took 11 players to face Monahans, Odessa High and Odessa Permian at the Larned Special Events Center in Monahans.

The Eagles open their 2005 season in Wink on Tuesday night against the Wildcats and Alpine, who outscored Pecos 23-19 in their Friday scrimmage. Serves were a problem for Pecos in that match, and at times the Eagle hitters did have problems getting off hard spikes against the Bucks. But Garcia said things were better for her team on Saturday in Monahans.

“The girls just seemed to be doing a little better in the second and third games, and we looked better than we did on Friday,” she said.

“We played Monahans right off the bat and we struggled trying to block Brittany Hughes,” Garcia said of the Loboes’ leading hitter. “But we came back against Odessa High and Permian and did a much better job of blocking and hitting.

“Brittany Rodriguez did a good job hitting the ball, and Adriana (Armendariz) did a good job, and our back line with Jenny (Palomino), Amalie (Herrera) and Tiffany (Tarango) did a good job in all three games. They were able to pick up some balls hit by Brittany against Monahans.”

“We’re looking for another hitter, and I’m hoping somebody will step up or someone from the JV,” Garcia said. “I have Amalie playing all around (full rotation) right now, and Bianca Baeza. Amalie did a good job hitting the ball, but she’s not quite gotten there on the block yet.”

In Friday’s scrimmage, Garcia said Rodriguez and Armendariz also had some good hits, and Baeza did well at the outside hitter’s position. “Jessica Florez did a good job setting for us, and Jenny Palomino stepped up in the back row with Tiffany and Amalie.”

“This was a chance for everyone to show what they could do. Everyone got a chance to play, and that’s what a scrimmage is all about,” Garcia said.

The Eagles will start their 2005 season officially on Tuesday afternoon in Wink with dual matches against the Wildcats and Bucks. Garcia said the matches will begin at 4:30 p.m., but she didn’t know if Pecos would play Wink first, or play their first match against Alpine, which would start between 5:30 and 6 p.m.

She said several changes have been made to the Eagles’ pre-district schedule due to conflicts, including a change in their final pre-district tournament. Pecos will go to Alpine in early September instead of Seminole, after competing in the Sandhills Tournament and hosting their own tournament the previous two weekends.

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