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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
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.
Pecos 13, Seminole 0
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;
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.
Chris Sotelo-Jay Dannelley
def. Klassen-Smith, 6-0, 6-0
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
Sotelo lost to Caleb Swaringen,
6-0, 6-2; Dannelley lost to Kyle Isaacs, 6-2, 6-3 Mendoza lost to Kevin
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.
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,
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.
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
By TIM DAHLBERG
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
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
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