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Wednesday, August 22, 2001

Eagles struggle against Tigers, Rebels

It's back to the drawing board today _ or at least, back to basics for the Pecos Eagles' volleyball team, after they fell to 2-8 on the season Tuesday night with a pair of losses in Midland.

The Eagles were beaten by the Snyder Tigers, 15-5, 15-2, and by the Lee Rebels, 15-6, 15-7, in games where coach Becky Granado said her team failed to execute in several fundamental areas.

"We were having a hard time passing the ball and serving," she said. "Everything seems like it's in slow motion. I think we're quicker than last year, but we're just not playing like it.

"We forget where we're going," Granado added. "We're just not into the game, and when I say we I mean all of them. We're not getting to the position, we're running to the ball to pass, and we're reaching for it."

Things started off badly for the Eagles even before they got to Midland, as a bus breakdown delayed their arrival at the Lee HS gym. Once there, Pecos led only once against Snyder, at 1-0 in the second game, but the Tigers then scored the next 11 points in a row to take command of things. In the opening game, Snyder jumped out to an 8-1 lead before Pecos cut that margin to 8-5, but the Eagles were then shut out the rest of the way, as the Tigers scored the game's final seven points.

It took a little longer for the Rebels to beat the Eagles _ Pecos held off Lee for a full rotation in Game 1 after falling behind 13-5, but could never mount any offense of their own. In the second game, the Eagles also played better at the finish, but not before falling behind the Rebels at the outset, 8-0.

"We had a couple of good blocks and a couple of good kills, and you would think after we got a couple of blocks we would straighten out, or after a couple of kills we would get momentum. But we just don't know how to pick up momentum after we make a play."

"We're just going to go back into the gym today and work on fundamentals," said Granado, whose team will open play on Friday in the Cantaloupe Classic Volleyball Tournament, which will also by Pecos' home opener for the 2001 season. Granado said she had to change the bracket for the tournament after one team dropped out, so the schedule for Friday's pool round matches had not been set as of this morning.

Pecos' freshmen and junior varsity teams also lost to Snyder and Lee on Tuesday. The freshmen will open play in their own tournament on Thursday against Fort Stockton, Wink and Crane at 4:30, 5:30 and 6:30 p.m., while the JV will play pool round matches on Friday against Presidio, Andrews and Odessa Permian at 8 a.m., 12 noon and 4 p.m.

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