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Wednesday, September 20, 2000 

Third game collapse costs Eagles

Staff Writer

PECOS, Sept. 20, 2000 -- You've heard of games where no lead is safe? Tuesday night at  the Pecos High School gym it was the opposite -- all leads were safe  for the Clint Lions and the Pecos Eagles, and the last lead of the  night belonged to the Lions.

Clint never trailed in the opening game, winning by a 15-9 score, Pecos never trailed in Game 2, beating the Lions, 15-1, and in Game 3 the Lions jumped out to a 6-1 lead, on the way to a 15-4 victory over Pecos in the District 2-4A opening match for both teams.

"We get down and that's it. We don't know how to fight back," said Eagles' coach Becky Granado. "All they (Clint) did was tap the ball. That's their game plan _ tap the ball to Pecos and let them give us the game."

The teams played a similar game last month in Monahans. Pecos was down in the third game of that one, 7-2, but ended up winning, 15-12 in part because speed up rules were used, so that bad serves and any mistake counted as points.

But this time, it was Pecos that couldn't handle Clint's serves, pass or set in the third game, after the Lions had the same problem in Game 2. The Eagles jumped ahead 9-0 in that one, starting with an ace by Alex Marquez and finishing with a spike of an overset by Philly Fobbs.

"They looked good in the second game, but they couldn't follow it up," said Granado. "There's just a lack of communication out there."

Fobbs would have a couple more kills and D'Andra Ortega finished off Game 2 with a block of Marissa Arnold, before things completely turned around in Game 3. It opened with a Michelle Tullius block on a Marquez spike and was followed by two bad relays by Becky Dominguez, a block of Fobbs by Arnold and an ace by Tullius before Granado called time-out.

Pecos did get to within 7-3 at one point, after a Stephanie Baeza block of a Marquez spike went out of bounds, but then the Eagles completely fell apart, allowing Clint to score seven straight points, five on unforced errors. A dink by Alba Esparza and a spike by Collanne Bramblette were the only points earned by the Lions.

The Eagles finally broke serve and got one more point on a Fobbs spike, but they then couldn't get their serves in, and the game ended with a Dee Dee Molinar spike into the net.

Game 1 was the closest of the three games, but again, the Eagles did themselves in after cutting a 10-4 deficit to 13-9 the Eagles lost serve on what would have been a point when Ortega was called for a net violation. Bramblett then blocked a Fobbs shot, and ended the game moments later with a spike off of Ortega.

"We had some good blocks, and Philly had some good hits, but we don't have enough offense and we don't have enough defense," Granado said. "The only bright spot I saw today was Kalyn (Lara). She came off the bench and did what she wanted to do. I told the girls she looks like she wanted the spot, but I don't know if some of them care."

The loss dropped Pecos to 18-7 on the season, while Clint evened their record at 9-9 with the victory. Pecos now goes to Fabens on Saturday to face the Wildcats, who won their opener over Canutillo, 15-13, 15-11. El Paso Mountain View downed San Elizario in the other 2-4A opener, 15-10, 4-15, 15-8.

Pecos also lost in three games to Clint's junior varsity, 15-7, 2-15, 15-7, while the Eagles' freshmen downed the Lions, 15-1, 15-2.

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