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for Pecos Country of West Texas
Wednesday, November 1, 2000
Eagles’ problems return in playoff loss
By JON FULBRIGHT
LUBBOCK, Nov. 1, 2000 -- After spending the second half of their District
2-4A season trying to overcome the mistakes they made in the first half,
the Pecos Eagles suffered a relapse Tuesday night and were eliminated by
the Canyon Randall Raiders in the area round of the Class 4A volleyball
Randall trailed only once in the match, and needed just over 45 minutes to
end Pecos’ 2000 volleyball season with a 15-10, 15-6 victory at Lubbock
Coronado High School.
Canyon, the runner-up in District 3-4A this season, brought more offensive
firepower to the match than the Eagles had seen since before district play
started, but Pecos was its own worst enemy Tuesday, reverting to the slow-reacting
defense and bad passing that caused them to lose two of their first five
“We just weren’t getting anything going,” said Eagles’ coach Becky Granado.
Canyon had to work harder in Game 1 for their points, catching the Eagles
off-guard a couple of times with misdirection sets, but Granado said while
Pecos had practice defending against the soft dinks over the front line
the Raiders had used against Andrews, the lessons didn’t carry over into
“We told them everything they were going to do and what they had to do, but
they looked like they were in a daze out there,” the Eagles’ coach said,
as by the end of the match Pecos was reduced to just tapping the ball back
across, which set up Canyon for more spike opportunities.
“As far as that went, our passing was not there. It’s hard to run your offense
when all the passes are behind the 10-foot line. Their passes were to the
target, so it was much easier for them to run their offense.”
Unlike last year’s area round loss to Hereford, when the Eagles got few chances
to score due to the Whitefaces’ mistakes, the Raiders gave Pecos several
opporutinites to get back into the game, especially in the early going.
A couple of kills by Stephanie Robinson got Canyon out to a 4-0 lead, before
the Eagles tied the game at 4-4 thanks to three straight bad hits by Meagan
McCormick and a spike over the back line by Mandy Thomas. But the Eagles
couldn’t get anything going on their own, and fell behind again by four
points, thanks to bad kills by Alexa Marquez and Ashley Salcido, a block
of Kayln Lara by Kara Cornelius and a bad relay of a serve by Christina
A dink over the front blockers by Julie Hamilton and a McCormick kill made
it 10-4 before the Raiders ran into another streak of unforced errors. Combined
with a couple of kills by Salcido, they would cut Canyon’s lead down to
12-9, but that would be as close as Pecos would get.
The Raiders broke serve and got to 14-9 on a soft tap into the net by Philly
Fobbs and a bad relay by Victoria Gomez, and after one last Pecos point
on a Fobbs dink, Canyon broke serve and won when Fobbs spiked it out of
Pecos’ lone lead came at 1-0 in Game 2 when Canyon’s Allison Reed dinked
the ball out of bounds. But the Raiders tied it on a spike past the back
line by Michelle Saenz and went ahead to stay on a kill by Robinson, and
would go out to a 4-1 lead.
The play that seemed to take the last life out of Pecos was a block of Fobbs
by Corneilus with the Eagles trailing by a 6-4 score. It started a 6-0 run
by Randall which widened their lead to 12-4, and while Pecos did cut that
to 12-6 on a couple of hits by Saenz and D’Andra Ortega, they were never
able to regain their composure, and saw the Raiders end things on a couple
of Thomas spikes and a bad relay by Gomez.
Despite that play, Granado said Gomez was one of the few Eagles who had a good game on Tuesday, along with Salcido.
“Ashley was placing the ball well,” Granado said, referring to a series of
dinks to open spots by Salcido during the match. “That was what was keeping
us in the ballgame for a while. I was also real pleased with Victoria. She
had a couple of good plays of defense.”
Canyon Randall improved their season record to 26-9 and will take on San
Angelo Lake View is the Region I-4A quarterfinals this coming Saturday.
Lake View eliminated El Paso Burges in their area round match on Tuesday.
The Eagles ended their season in the area round of the playoffs for the fourth
time in the past five seasons, and finished 2000 with a 27-9 record. They
also lose most of their starters to graduation, and will have a far smaller
team next season.
“We’re going to be a very different team next year,” Granado said. “I don’t
see us having a lot of hitters besides Michelle. We’re really going to have
to work on our vertical jumps this summer.”
Clint, the District 2-4A runner-up, also saw its season come to a close on
Tuesday. The Lions were beaten by District 1-4A champ Hereford, by 15-2,
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