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Tuesday, September 11, 2001

Eagle netters down Loboes, `Cats for first wins

Staff Writer

The Pecos Eagles' tennis team picked up their first two wins of  the season on Saturday, one against a team they've had little  success against in recent years and the other against one of their District  2-4A rivals.

The Eagles downed Monahans by a 14-7 final score on the Loboes' courts, then defeated Fabens by a 17-4 score Saturday afternoon.

"It's been a long time since we've beaten Monahans," said Eagles' coach Mike Ortiz, whose team will face Fabens and their other 2-4A rivals there in October for the district tournament, while the Pecos High School tennis courts are under repair.

"They played real well. Even the ones that lost were competing," he said. "I'm hoping they learned how to play because this weekend we have a lot of tough matches in El Paso," at the Americas High School Tournament.

"You can't always have your `A' game. Whether you're playing bad or you're playing good, you have to be there to support other members. They did that and I was happy about that," Ortiz added.

In the win over Monahans, both the boys and girls' teams won four of their six singles matches and took two of their three doubles matches. Stephen Lamb, Jay Dannelley and Orlando Mendoza all picked up wins in both singles and doubles play on the boys' side, with Lamb defeating Conrad Salinas, 6-1, 6-0; Dannelley downing Quaid Ledingham 7-6 (8-6), 6-4; and Mendoza beating James Bean, 6-0, 6-0, in their singles matches.

On the girls' side Natalia Ornelas, Elizabeth Carreon, Whitney Lamb and Chantel Orona won both in singles and doubles play. Ornelas downed Christy Gatzki, 6-2, 6-4; Carreon defeated Jane Hernandez, 6-0, 6-0; Lamb defeated Treena Escamilla, 6-2, 1-6, 6-2; and Orona beat Irene Blocker, 6-2, 6-3.

Fabens only brought three girls to Monahans, so the Eagles won five matches by default and split their other four matches. Ornelas defeated Ana Garcia, 3-6, 6-0, 6-2; and Carreon downed Jessica Garcia, 6-1, 6-0.

On the boys' side Trent Graham, Mendoza, Bobby Sotelo and Michael Orona were double winners Graham won his singles match over Orlando Olmos, 6-2, 6-1; Orona beat Aldo Gutierrez, 6-3, 6-0; Sotelo beat Joe Anaya, 6-2, 6-2 and Mendoza won by 6-3, 6-2 scores over J.R. Arriola.

Ortiz said the Eagles also played several junior varsity matches against Monahans, beating the Loboes there by a 4-3 score.

The Americas Tournament will be a two-day team competition, featuring mostly Class 5A schools from the El Paso area. The Eagles will begin play against Montwood High School at 10 a.m. CDT on Friday, with the winner facing either the host team or El Paso Andress. El Paso Eastwood faces El Paso Jefferson and El Paso Hanks takes on El Paso Burges, the team the Eagles lost to in their season opener at Fort Stockton last month.

Pecos (14) at Monahans (7)

Boys Singles

Trent Graham lost to Aashish Chopa, 6-7 (8-6), 6-3, 7-5; Stephen Lamb defeated Conrad Salinas, 6-1, 6-0; Jay Dannelley defeated Quaid Ledingham, 7-6 (8-6), 6-4; Michael Orona defeated Nolan Prtichard, 6-3, 6-4; Bobby Sotelo defeated David Calloway, 6-2; 6-1; Orlando Mendoza defeated James Bean, 6-0, 6-0; Joel Sotelo lost to Kevin Kenyon, 7-5, 6-2.

Girls Singles

Natalia Ornelas defeated Christy Gatzki, 6-2, 6-4; Brenda Fuentes lost to Prairie Chamberland, 6-0., 6-2; Kristina Dominguez lost to Kristin Hill, 7-5, 7-6 (10-8); Elizabeth Carreon defeated Jane Hernandez, 6-0, 6-0; Jennifer Rayos defeated Sydney Bassett, 3-6, 6-3, 6-1; Whitney Lamb defeated Treena Escamilla, 6-2, 1-6, 6-2; Chantel Orona defeated Irene Blocker, 6-2, 6-3.

Boys Doubles

Graham and Dannelley defeated Salinas and Kenyon, 6-1, 6-1; Lamb and Mendoza defeated Callaway and Bean, 6-2, 6-1; Orona and Sotelo lost to Pritchard and Isaac Oyerbides, 6-7 (7-3), 6-3, 6-3.

Girls Doubles

Fuentes and Dominguez lost to Chamberlain and Hall, 7-5, 1-6, 7-5; Ornelas and Carreon defeated Hernandez and Bassett, 6-0 6-2; Lamb and Orona defeated Blocker and Escamilla, 6-3, 6-0.

Mixed Doubles

Rayos and Sotelo lost to E. Ledingham and Gatzki, 6-4, 6-2.

Pecos (17) vs. Fabens (4)

Boys Singles

Trent Graham defeated Orlando Olmos, 6-2, 6-1; Stephen Lamb lost to Simon Trujillo, 6-3, 7-6 (8-6); Jay Dannelley lost to Victor Sigala, 0-6, 6-4, 6-4; Michael Orona defeated Aldo Gutierrez, 6-3, 6-0; Bobby Sotelo defeated Justin Garay, 6-2; 6-2; Orlando Mendoza defeated J.R. Arriuola, 6-2, 6-2; Joel Sotelo defeated Joe Amaya, 6-2, 6-2.

Girls Singles

Natalia Ornelas defeated Ana Garcia, 3-6; 6-0, 6-2; Elizabeth Carreon defeated Jessica Garcia, 6-1, 6-0; Chantel Orona lost to Samriah Ihmud, 6-3, 6-4. Pecos wins three matches by default

Boys Doubles

Graham and Dannelley defeated Olmos and Sigala, 6-0, 6-1; Lamb and Mendoza defeated Gutierrez and Trujillo, 6-4, 6-3; Orona and Sotelo defeated Arriola and Garay, 6-4, 6-0.

Girls Doubles

Fuentes and Dominguez lost to Garcia and Ihmud, 6-2, 6-4. Pecos wins two matches by default.

Pecos hoping for turnaround against Prowlers, Shorthorns

The Pecos Eagles' volleyball team will try to get back on the winning track in the final week of pre-district play, when they host the Marfa Shorthorns and Fort Stockton Prowlers this evening.

Pecos will play Marfa at 5:30 p.m., then will take a break while the Shorthorns and Prowlers face each other, before taking on Fort Stockton at 7:30 p.m. Pecos' junior varsity will play the same schedule, while the freshmen Eagles will face Fort Stockton's ninth graders this afternoon at 4:30 p.m.

With their first four District 2-4A games on the road, the Eagles need to turn things around in their final four pre-district matches, before traveling to Clint a week from today. Right now, Pecos is 4-15 on the season following a 15-7, 15-7, loss Saturday morning at Wink.

"I don't know what it's going to take to turn us around. We need some leadership out on the court," said Eagles' coach Becky Granado, who tried using her underclassmen to get a little spark in the second game against Wink, without effect.

After today, the Eagles will be at home again Saturday morning and afternoon, for matches against Kermit and Presidio. Their next home game after that won't be until Oct. 2, when they host San Elizario to close out the first half of district play.

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