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Monday, October 9, 2000

Eagles sweep Lions, regain tie for first

PECOS, Oct. 9, 2000 -- This time, the Pecos Eagles didn't have to worry about a third  game against the Clint Lions, because they never let it get that far.

The Eagles, who won a three-game match in non-district play over Clint, then lost in three games to the Lions at home last month, never let Clint get a lead Saturday in the opening game on the Lions' home court, as they survived a series of comeback efforts to win 15-12. Pecos then dominated the second game the same way they had in the previous two matches, scoring nine straight points with Ashley Salcido serving to go on to a 15-3 victory.

Coach Becky Granado said the Lions put Collanne Bramblett and Michelle Tullius on the back line to match up with Philly Fobbs, and Salcido was able to take advantage with her serves.

"We picked on Bramblett and Tullius. They had a hard time picking up the ball," she said. "In the second game Ashley got back there to serve and was just taking turns with one or the other.

"They had a tough time receiving serves," said Granado, who added the Eagles also did well on offense against the Lions, with Fobbs leading all hitters with 10 kills on the afternoon.

"We didn't have to play much defense. Once we blocked them, they did the same thing as they did last time. They started dinking the ball, but this time our back line kids were there."

In the opening game, Clint rallied from 3-0 and 5-3 deficits to tie, and then cut 8-5, 11-7 and 14-9 leads to 8-7, 11-9 and 14-12.

"We had a couple of mental mistakes and broke our own serves," said Granado. She said Alexa Marquez took advantage of Tullius and Bramblett on the back line after a time-out, which helped the Eagles widen their two-point lead to 14-9 before Clint's final rally.

The win, coupled with El Paso Mountain View's victory over San Elizario on Saturday, ties the Eagles, Lions and Lobos for first in District 2-4A, all with 4-2 records. Pecos will be at home Tuesday night to host Fabens, then goes to Canutillo next Saturday.

Eagles down Lobos in tennis home opener

Staff Writer

PECOS, Oct. 9, 2000 -- A month and a half into the season, the Pecos Eagles finally  got to play their varsity tennis home opener for the 2000 season  on Saturday, and the Eagles were able to improve their District 2-4A  record to 2-0 with a 16-3 win over the El Paso Mountain View Lobos.

"It was a good match. It took a while for the kids to adjust to the temperature change," said Eagles' coach Bernadette Ornelas. The match started at 10 a.m., three hours ahead of schedule, due to this being Mountain View's homecoming weekend, and both teams had to deal with temperatures in the mid-40s, which didn't warm up much throughout the match.

Pecos' girls won all nine of their matches on the day, while the boys won two of their three doubles matches and four of six singles matches.

"We only had one split set match on the girls' side, so we're playing more consistently," said Ornelas, who added the one doubles loss the Eagles did suffer, by Trent Graham and Jay Dannelley, was a three-set tiebreaker.

Orlando Mendoza and Stephen Lamb won both their singles and doubles matches Saturday on the boys' side, while for the girls Rebecca Wein, Brenda Fuentes, Kristina Dominguez, Priscilla Levario and Elizabeth Carreon were both singles and doubles winners.

Pecos won one other match, in mixed doubles, by default, Ornelas said.

The Eagles will be at home again on Saturday, to face Clint, which defeated Pecos last season to take the District 2-4A title. "Mountain View played Clint and Clint beat them 13-5, so I'm hoping we can do well against them," Ornelas said.

EP Mountain View (3) at Pecos (16)

Boys Singles

Trent Graham defeated Omar Rodriguez, 6-1, 4-6, 6-2; Jay Dannelley defeated Gabriel Morales, 7-5, 6-4; Orlando Mendoza defeated Larry Arroyo, 4-6, 6-3, 6-3; Stephen Lamb defeated Robert Rodriguez, 6-0, 6-0; Allen Almunia lost to Jose Acevedo, 1-6, 7-5, 7-5; Albert Rodriguez lost to Manny Garcia, 6-0, 6-2.

Girls Singles

Rebecca Wein defeated Cynthia Falcon, 6-3, 6-2; Brenda Fuentes defeated Natasha Gonzales, 6-0, 6-2; Kristina Dominguez defeated Tawnee Buckingham, 6-2, 6-2; Priscilla Levario defeated Lupe Gonzales 6-0, 6-1; Elizabeth Carreon defeated Yvette Reyes, 6-1, 6-3; Whitney Lamb defeated Angela Rodriguez, 6-0, 7-5.

Boys Doubles

Graham and Dannelley lost to Rodriguez and Arroyo, 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (7-5); Mendoza and Lamb defeated Morales and Garcia, 6-4, 6-2; Phillip Salcido and Michael Orona defeated Rodriguez and Acevedo, 6-1, 6-3.

Girls Doubles

Wein and Fuentes defeated N. Gonzales and Buckingham, 6-2, 6-2; Natalia Ornelas and Dominguez defeated L. Gonzales and Rodriguez, 6-1, 6-0; Carreon and Levario defeated Falcon and Reyes, 4-6, 6-2, 6-2.

Mixed Doubles

W. Lamb and Almunia won by default.

Serve problems hamper Bears

Staff Writer

BALMORHEA, Oct. 9, 2000 -- Serves and service receptions were the undoing of the Balmorhea  Bears volleyball team on Saturday, as they dropped a 15-2, 15-11 decision at  home to the Wink Wildcats.

The Bears had all kinds of problems handling Wink's serves in the opening game, as t her Wildcats closed out the match with 10 straight points. In the second game, the Bears' service receptions and their offense improved, but they missed too many chances due to serves that ended up in the net.

"That's the story of our season," said coach Gary Gallego. "We've spent a lot of time on serves and a lot of time of service receptions, but we have a lot of little bad habits that are tough to break."

The serving problem really hurt the Bears near the beginning of Game 2 when they were tied with the Wildcats at 3-all. "I counted four straight (serves) into the net, one after we had scored and three more after we broke serve," said Gallego. "You can't give them good opportunities like that, especially a good team like Wink."

The Wildcats would take advantage of the Bears' problems to go out to a 10-3 lead before Balmorhea staged a comeback, eventually cutting the margin to 10-8 on a Celina Rodriguez kill. But the Wildcats then broke serve and got hits from Kelly Benham and Mallory Bryan as part of a four-point run that got the Wildcats to match point.

Balmorhea was able to hold off Wink for almost a full rotation, and cut the lead to 14-11 on a couple of bad hits by Bryan and a Rodriguez spike, but saw the Wildcats finally win on a bad back line hit by Chella Arreodndo.

"I told Celina to just start hitting the ball instead of finessing it," Gallego said of his senior's late-game success. "She's capable of being a really good hitter alongside anyone in the area."

The loss left Balmorhea at 0-2 in district while Wink improved its record to 2-0. The Bears close out the first half of their district schedule on Tuesday with a trip to Buena Vista.

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