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Thursday, August 24, 2000

Eagles play home openers in tourney

PECOS, Aug. 24, 2000 -- After 10 road games to start the 2000 volleyball season, the Pecos Eagles get to come home on Friday to kick off the 15th Annual Pecos Cantaloupe Classic Volleyball Tournament.

The first official game to count in the standings won't be until Saturday, but the Eagles will play three pool round matches on Friday in the tournament, which feartures 13 other teams.

The Eagles are off to their best start in three years, which is also the last time they won their own tournament. Pecos is 8-2 following a split of their matches Tuesday night in Midland. The Eagles defeated the Lee Rebels, 15-4, 5-15, 15-7 after a 15-11, 16-14 loss to the Snyder Tigers.

Pecos got a long look at District 2-4A rival Clint last weekend at the Monahans Sandhills Tournament, defeating the Lions by 3-15, 15-1, 15-12 scores, while also getting a chance to look at two other district rivals, Fabens and Canutillo. Fabens will also be at this weekend's tournament in Pecos, along with another 2-4A opponent, San Elizario, which won consolation this past weekend at the Del Valle Tournament, defeating the host Conquistadors, 15-6, 7-15, 16-14.

Those two teams will be in the three-team pools, while the Eagles will be part of a four-team pool, opening play at 9:50 a.m. on Friday against the El Paso Riverside Rangers. Riverside lost to Loreto in three games at the Del Valle Tournament last week, just before San Elizario scored a three-game win over Loreto in the consolation semifinals.

After Riverside, Pecos will face Kermit in a 1:10 p.m. pool round match, and will finish up at 5:20 p.m. against the Van Horn Eagles. Pecos defeated Van Horn on Saturday at the Sandhills Tournament, 15-8, 15-6.

Fabens will be paired with Monahans and Dell City in their pool on Friday, while San Elizario is with Wink and Presidio. The final pool will feature Seminole, El Paso Parkland, Marfa and Grandfalls, which advanced to the tournament finals last year, before losing to Midland Greenwood.

The Eagles have finished fifth in their own tournament each of the past two seasons, while coming off their strange second place finish last Saturday in Monahans, where they opted not to play a rematch against Andrews in the finals of the double-elimination tournament, because they could not win two games to take the title without violating UIL rules on the number of games a team can play per day.

With the pool format, three is the maximum number of games anyone will play on Saturday. If the Eagles make the championship bracket, they will either play at 9:15 or 10:30 a.m., while they would play at 8 a.m. Saturday if they wind up in the consolation bracket. The consolation and fifth place matches are scheduled for 3:45 p.m., with the third place game at 5 p.m. and the title contest set for a 6:30 p.m. start.

Pecos' junior varsity volleyball team won consolation last weekend at Monahans while the ninth graders took first overall in the freshman division of the tournament, and will begin play this afternoon in the freshman pool round of the Cantaloupe Classic.

The ninth grade purple team will face Monahans, Wink and Crane in the new gym at 4:30, 5:30 and 6:30 p.m., while the freshmen gold squad faces Fort Stockton, Greenwood and Alpine at 4:30, 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. The championship and consolation brackets will be played on Saturday, at the Crockett Middle School gym, starting at 9 a.m.

The JV opens play at the old PHS gym on Friday. Pecos will face Odessa High at 9 a.m., Presidio at 12:20 p.m. and Alpine at 3:40 p.m. Monahans, Odessa Permian, Greenwood and Wink are the other teams in the JV tournament, which will continue on Saturday, with championship and consolation matches in the old PHS gym.

Netters set to start fall season

PECOS, Aug. 24, 2000 -- The Pecos Eagles’ tennis team will open its fall 2000 season by heading in two different directions this weekend, with most of the varsity squad bound for Odessa while the remaining varsity and junior varsity players head for Fort Stockton.

The varsity will begin play at Odessa High with a pair of matches against the Brownfield Cubs and Seminole Indians, while the other players will compete in a two-day tournament on the Panthers’ home court.

“Coach (Tammy) Walls and coach (Becky) Wein will take the JV and part of the varsity to Fort Stockton, and the Top 6 players will go to Odessa on Saturday,” coach Bernadette Ornelas said. The varsity will face Brownfield at 8:30 a.m., and then will take on Seminole at 1:30 p.m.

Ornelas said she “pretty much knows” who will be making the trip to Odessa, but the exact make-up of the Top 6 on the boys and girls sides won’t be finalized until this afternoon. “We’re still having challenge matches for them to decide the seeding ladder,” she said.

This year’s team should be the most balanced squad the Eagles have had in the past four or five season. The girls picked up most of Pecos’ singles and doubles wins last fall, while the boys’ side carried the team the two seasons before that.

“The people who have been watching us are saying good things about our boys and girls teams,” said Ornelas.

As far as t he tournament in Fort Stockton goes, the Eagles will be among several area teams entered, and Ornelas said Dumas and “at least one team from El Paso,” also are part of the tournament field.

This weekend’s matches are the first of a month’s worth of road matches in pre-district play. The Eagles’ home and District 2-4A opener will be against Fabens, on Sept. 30.

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