Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Wednesday, August 15, 2001
Eagles fall to Bucks, Bronchos in openers
By JON FULBRIGHT
It was a complete turnaround from last year's season openers for the
Pecos Eagles, which was definitely not what coach Becky Granado wanted
to have happen.
The Eagles, who swept Odessa High and Alpine in Odessa to start off
the 2000 volleyball season, were swept by the Bucks and Bronchos Tuesday
night at the OHS gym to begin the 2001 season.
Pecos dropped 15-5, 15-8 decisions to Alpine, then lost to Odessa High
by 15-2, 15-8 scores, as Granado said the Eagles could generate little
on offense Tuesday night.
"We just really couldn't get anything going. We don't have any hitting
power, and were just trying to tap the ball over," she said. "Defensively
I guess you could say was our bright spot, but offensively we just could
not get anything going, and we missed about five serves in our game against
Alpine and then about five more against Odessa High.
"We'd give up five points in a row against Alpine and then get the ball
back and miss a serve and give up five more points," she said. "Our inexperience
really showed last night."
Alpine pulled away from Pecos midway through both matches. The Eagles
held leads of 4-3 and 5-4 in the two matches, but then saw the Bucks score
the final seven points of the first game and the final six of the second
Against Odessa High, the Bronchos rolled off 12 straight points to open
the first game, then scored five straight points in Game 2 to turn a 9-6
advantage into a 14-6 lead.
With two days of practice between Tuesday's losses and the start of
the Sandhills Tournament in Monahans on Friday, Granado said she plans
to make a couple of changes in hopes of improving the Eagles' offense.
"I'll have Tiana (Terry) starting at the middle and have Christina (Arenivas)
opposite her," she said. "I also moved a couple of sophomores, Leslie Rodriguez
and Stephanie Herrera. Maybe they can help us as far as offense goes."
The Sandhills Tournament will have 10 teams in two pools, with Pecos
facing Kermit in their opener at 8:30 a.m. and playing on and off during
the day, finishing up against Trinity Christian at 6:30 p.m.
Pecos' sub-varsity teams fared better than the varsity squad did on
Tuesday, as the freshmen swept their games from Odessa High and Alpine,
while the junior varsity was edged by the Bucks and then defeated the Bronchos.
The ninth graders downed Alpine, 15-13, 15-11 and beat OHS 15-6, 15-5,
while the JV lost to the Bucks 15-6, 11-15, 16-14, then downed the Bronchos,
11-15, 15-12, 15-0. The freshmen begin their tournament in Monahans on
Thursday with a 3:30 p.m. pool game against Kermit, while the JV faces
Kermit in their Sandhills opener at 9 a.m. on Friday.
York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
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324 S. Cedar St., Pecos, TX 79772
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