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Wedensday, Sept. 27, 2000

Eagles have few problems with Canutillo

PECOS, Sept. 27, 2000 -- It may not have been a blowout like the one they had in Fabens last weekend, but the Pecos Eagles' volleyball team did well enough on Tuesday night against the Canutillo Golden Eagles to give their fans and coach Becky Granado only a few nervous moments, in a 15-8, 15-8 win at the Pecos High School gym.

"I know it's tough to get up for a team like that, but we're going to have to learn no matter who's on the other side of the net we're going to have to get up and play," Granado said of the Golden Eagles, who are only 2-21 in two-plus seasons of play in District 2-4A.

"We still had a lot of mental errors, and I think that comes from losing focus on what we're doing," Granado said.

Pecos got off to a 9-2 start in the opening game, then saw Canutillo cut that margin to 11-7 before putting things away. In the second game, the Golden Eagles held leads of 3-2 and 8-6 before Pecos ran off the final nine points of the match, after finally getting their offense in gear.

Senior Philly Fobbs had three straight kills for points during the 9-0 run, all coming after a time-out by Canutillo, with Pecos ahead by a 10-8 score. Fobbs led the Eagles with 10 kills on the night, while Kayln Lara was next with four kills, most of those coming during the 9-2 streak in the opening game.

"She was doing so well, when all of a sudden she decided she was going to start tapping the ball," Granado said of Lara, who had three kills for points during an 8-1 run in the opening game. "I don't know why we'll be doing something so good and then stop."

Fobbs finished off Game 1 with a spike and scored off a block of Tracy Jeffries at the start of Game 2, but was quiet after that until late in the match. "Philly needs to be awake the whole match. She's the one who's going to get the whole team going, even if she doesn't like me to tell here that," said Granado, who added the Eagles also suffered from problems with their back line on Tuesday.

"We had trouble with their serves, and we had trouble with their free balls. We couldn't pass to the target, and that's where we get most of our points, especially when Philly's up there," the Eagles' coach said.

Belynda Retana came up with a pair of service aces in the opening game, when Canutillo cut Pecos' lead to 11-7, while in the second game, all but the last of Canutillo's eight points, on a dink by Gracie Borjas, came off unforced Eagle errors.

Canutillo fell to 0-3 in District 2-4A and 4-12 on the season with their loss, while Pecos won their 20th match in 27 tries, and at 2-1 are now tied for second place in district with Clint, which was beaten Tuesday night by El Paso Mountain View, 15-9, 12-15, 15-5. Pecos lost their 2-4A opener at home last week to Clint, and will try and do better against the Lobos this Saturday, when Mountain View comes to Pecos for a 3 p.m. match.

The Eagles' freshmen and junior varsity teams also won their matches on Tuesday over Canutillo. The ninth graders swept the Golden Eagles, 15-8, 15-2, while the JV took a 3-15, 15-4, 15-12 decision from Canutillo.

Netters end pre-district with loss

PECOS, Sept. 27, 2000 -- IThe Pecos Eagle's varsity team had some rough going on Tuesday in Fort Stockton, but coach Bernadette Ornelas hopes things will go better on Saturday, when Pecos opens District 2-4A play on the road in Fabens.

The Eagles dropped their final pre-district match on Tuesday in Fort Stockton, by an 18-2 final score. Rebecca Wein and Brenda Fuentes picked up the Eagles only win in doubles play, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 over Sarah Blanco and Irene Boon, while Kristina Dominguez had the lone singles victory for Pecos, a 6-2, 6-1 decision over Katie Dunn.

"Some of our top players are showing improvement in their games. They're not getting beat 6-0, 6-0, they're just losing by small margins," Ornelas said.

That group includes freshman Trent Graham, who lost a 7-5, 7-5 decision at No. 1 seed to Fort Stockton's David Yanes, along with Wein and Fuentes on the girls' side, as they each lost their singles matches in three sets, Wein to the Prowlers' No. 1 seed Alison Marquez, 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, and Fuentes to No. 3 seed Kiel Gandhi, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2.

In boys' doubles play, Graham and Jay Dannelley lost to Yanez and Travis Sawyer in three sets, 4-6, 6-0, 6-2, while No. 2 seeds Orlando Mendoza and Stephen Lamb also were three-set losers, to Fort Stockton's Brett St. Clair and Sal Sanchez, 6-2, 6-4, 6-1.

Ornelas said Pecos' junior varsity team played at home on Monday, and scored a 10-3 victory over the Kermit Yellowjackets. Whitney Lamb, Jennifer Mirelez, Jennifer Rayos and Alex Martinez swept their seven singles and doubles matches, while on the boys' side, Mark Carrasco and Raul Garcia won a pair of doubles matches and Albert Rodriguez got the Eagles' lone singles win in four matches.

Pecos' match in Fabens on Saturday will be a rematch between the two teams that battled for second place behind Clint in District 2-4A last season. Fabens won at home by a 10-8 score, but the Eagles turned around a week later in the 2-4A tournament to down the Wildcats on a tie-breaker to earn the second regional tournament berth.

"Our kids are shooting for regionals again, and our goal this year is to win the district title," said Ornelas.

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