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Tuesday, August 29, 2000

Eagles go for 2nd wins over OHS, Alpine

PECOS, Aug. 29, 2000 -- The Pecos Eagles' volleyball team will try to build on their success this past weekend at the Cantaloupe Classic Tournament, when they head south to Alpine for the second dual meet of the season against the Bucks and Odessa High Bronchos.

The 11-2 Eagles will face the Bucks and Bronchos two weeks after opening the 2000 season with a sweep of those teams in Odessa, and three days after capturing the title of their own tournament for the first time in three years.

The Eagles downed Seminole in the tournament finals by a 15-4, 8-15, 16-14 score for their 11th win in 13 matches this season. Pecos blew past their opponents in the first game of all of their matches over the weekend, and then struggled in Game 2. They were still able to sweep El Paso Parkland in the quarterfinals, but were taken to three games by both Seminole and Wink and had to rally from a 12-8 deficit to win the deciding match over the Maidens.

"We do need to be more consistent. We only stepped up when we needed to," said coach Veronica Valenzuela, who handled the team in place of head coach Becky Granado following her father's death over the weekend.

Seniors Philly Fobbs, Becky Dominguez and Dee Dee Molinar were all named to the all-tournament team for the second week in a row, after earning honors at the Monahans Sandhills Tournament. Fobbs was named outstanding hitter for the second time and Dominguez outstanding defensive player. Molinar missed out on winning outstanding setter for a second time, but spent more time at that job this past weekend, after the Eagles' other setter, Jessica Rodriguez, broke her nose in the team's opening pool round match against El Paso Riverside.

Two weeks ago, the Eagles were slow starters in their opening match against the Bucks, pulling away late in Game 1 for a 15-11 win, but had less problems after that, taking Game 2 by a 15-8 score, then sweeping OHS 15-4, 15-6 scores.

Both Odessa High and Alpine opted to skip this past weekend's tournament in Pecos, opting for the weaker of the two divisions at the San Angelo Invitational Volleyball Tournament. The Bronchos lost their first match Saturday to Lubbock High, and then came back to beat Greenwood and Bronte to take the Silver Division's consolation title. Alpine meanwhile faced three of the Eagles' former district rivals, defeating Sweetwater and Fort Stockton before losing in the division's championship match to Big Spring.

After today's match the Eagles figure to face their toughest competition until the playoffs this weekend, when they compete against a field of mostly Class 4A and 5A schools at the Seminole Invitational.

Pecos netters split opening matches

PECOS, Aug. 29, 2000 -- The Pecos Eagles' tennis team opened the fall portion of its 2000 season on Saturday with a split of its matches at Odessa High against the Seminole Indians and Brownfield Cubs.

The Eagles dropped their opening match to Brownfield by an 11-7 score, then shut out Seminole Saturday afternoon, 13-0.

The Cubs used a 7-2 advantage in boys singles and doubles play to get their win in the first match, though coach Bernadette Ornelas said she was happy with the overall play of both the boys and girls teams.

"It being the first match of the year, I thought the entire team came out strong," she said. "We had five split set matches, and some went 2½ to three hours, so the kids were tired."

Elizabeth Carreon and Beatrice Villarreal won both their singles and doubles matches against Brownfield, while Rebecca Wein and Prescilla Levario had the girls' other victories.

On the boys' side, Jerry Orona picked up the Eagles' lone singles victory after teaming with Mark Dominguez for a three-set doubles win, though Ornelas said, "Our boys' No. 1 doubles team (Chris Sotelo and Jay Dannelley) played a great match. They lost in a tiebreaker."

In the win over Seminole, the girls swept their nine matches while the boys were only able to get four matches in against the Indians. "They were short a couple of boys on their team, so I tried to get our boys to play at least one singles or doubles match."

Orona, at No. 6 seed, was the only player on the boys' side not to get in a match against Seminole.

The Eagles also sent seven other players down to Fort Stockton to compete in a team tournament over the weekend. Coach Tammy Walls said Michael Orona was the only player on the boys' side to score a victory, while on the girls' side the Eagles' lone win came from the doubles team of Whitney Lamb and Jennifer Mirales.

The Eagles have this week off, and come back after the Labor Day break to travel to El Paso, for the Americas High School Tournament on Sept. 8-9.

Pecos 13, Seminole 0

Boys Singles

Orlando Mendoza def. Ace -Davis, 6-4, 6-4; Stephen Lamb def. John Klassen, 6-1, 6-4; Mark Carasco def, Fred Smith, 6-0, 6-0;

Girls Singles

Rebecca Wein def. Felicia Valden, 6.1, 6-0; Kristina Dominguez def. Ana Gonzalez, 6-4, 6-3; Natalia Omelas def. Angela Baccardi, 6-3, 6-1; Precilia Levario def. Shannon Hunt, 6-3, 6-1; Elizabeth Carreon def. Aracaly Hinojos, 6-0, 6-0; Beatrice Villareal, Pecos, def. Julie Webb, 6-2, 6-3.

Boys Doubles

Chris Sotelo-Jay Dannelley def. Klassen-Smith, 6-0, 6-0

Girls Doubles

Wein-Ornelas def. Gonzalez-Hunt, 6-0, 6-0; Dominguez-Levario def. Valdez-Baccardi, 6-1, 6-0; Carreon-Villareal def. Hinojos-Alison, 6-3, 6-0.

Brownfield 11, Pecos 7

Boys Singles

Sotelo lost to Caleb Swaringen, 6-0, 6-2; Dannelley lost to Kyle Isaacs, 6-2, 6-3 Mendoza lost to Kevin Fought, 6-0,

6-0; Lamb lost to Rich Hammons, 6-0, 6-3; Carrasco lost to Jay Diaz, 6-4, 7-6 (7-3); Jerry Orona def. Stuart Williams, 6-2, 6-2.

Girls Singles

Wein, def. Amanda Phillips, 6-4, 6-2; Dominguez lost to Lyndsay Barnett, 6-4, 6-2; Ornelas lost to Leticia Morin, 3-6, 61, 6-1; Levario, def. Tiffany Redding, 6-3, 6-0; Carreon def. Cori Hammons, 6-3, 7-6 (10-8); Villareal def. Toni Ann Turrentine, 6-0, 6-1.

Boys Doubles

Sotelo and Dannelley lost to Isaacs-Fought, 7-5, 0-6, 7-6 (3-7); Mendoza and Lamb lost to Swaringen-Hammons, 6-2, 6-1; Carrasco and Orona def. Diaz-Combs, 6-2, 6-4.

Girls Doubles

Wein and Ornelas lost to Phillips-Burnett, Brownfield, 7-5, 5-7, 6-2; Dominguez and Levario def. Moria-Hernandez, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1; Carreon and Villarreal lost to Redding and Farrar, 7-5, 4-6, 6-3.

Garcia tames Tiger in match play

AP Sports Writer
PALM DESERT, Cal., Aug. 29, 2000 - Perhaps the PGA Tour should switch to night golf. For one night, at least, Tiger Woods seemed almost vulnerable under the lights.

Sergio Garcia put on a Tiger-like finish Monday night to do what no one seems able to do in regular day events - beat Woods down the stretch.

Garcia's four birdies in the last five holes was too much for an ailing Woods to overcome - though he nearly did by almost holing a pitch shot under the bright lights lining the 18th hole.

And Woods didn't exactly play poorly, making five birdies against no bogeys. Garcia just played a little better at the end, when Woods usually shines, to beat him 1-up.

"It was different, playing under the lights like other athletes do," Woods said. "Overall, it was very exciting. It was a wonderful match."

The made-for-television "Battle at Bighorn" paid $1.1 million to Garcia and $400,000 to Woods, who battled the flu and a brutal schedule that saw him win the NEC Invitational a night earlier and do a clinic in Akron, Ohio, on Monday morning before flying to the desert.

"I've had better days, and I've had shorter days," Woods said. "It was a long day and I enjoyed it. I just wish I could have felt a bit better."

Garcia was feeling fine, after sinking a 35-footer on the 16th hole, then a 10-footer for birdie on 18 to clinch the match as golf returned to prime time on ABC.

"He's by far the best golfer in the world," Garcia said. "I just made some putts when I had to."

Woods, coming off wins in the PGA Championship a week earlier and the NEC Invitational on Sunday night, fought the flu as well as fatigue but still lost by only a hole.

"I'm so cold. I'm freezing," Woods said to caddie Steve Williams as he waited to putt on the 17th hole on a warm night in the desert.

Darkness descended on the desert course by the 14th hole, with players and fans straining to see the shots. But floodlights perched atop cranes lit the last four holes, and that was where Garcia shone.

"Over those last holes, I just felt so good with the putter," Garcia said.

Woods still had a chance on the 18th, nearly holing a pitch over a greenside bunker to within 3 feet of the hole. But Garcia, who had pitched to 10 feet, made his putt and the match was over.

"At least I gave Sergio a run for his money," Woods said. "He had to make some putts to earn it."

For Woods, it was the end to a stretch of golf that saw him win in a thrilling finish at the PGA and in a runaway at the NEC.

"I've had three pretty good weeks," Woods said. "The last few months have been good to me. But it builds up. My body just broke down a couple days short."

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