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Wednesday, September 19, 2001

Eagles caught by Lions in opener

Focus has been a problem all season long for the Pecos Eagles' volleyball team, according to coach Becky Granado, and Tuesday night in Clint may have been another example.

After fighting back from a 12-10 deficit in Game 1 to beat the host Lions, 15-13, the Eagles were blown out quickly in Game 2 by a 15-1 score. Pecos then allowed Clint to jump out to a 13-5 lead in Game 3 before seeing a late rally fall short, as the Lions came away with a 15-9 victory to capture the District 2-4A opener between the two teams.

"I think that's what happened. We beat them in the first game and felt that was good enough," Granado said. "We forgot there was another game we had to win to win the match."

Granado said Pecos did a pretty good job on defense containing Clint senior Collanne Bramblett, last year's District 2-4A MVP, but didn't do enough themselves to score points against the Lions.

"It's tough to win games when you don't have any offense. We had 19 hitting errors to seven kills and you're not going to win any games with those kind of numbers," she said. "We did do a good job defensively. We've been working on that and I was happy with what we did, but we just seemed afraid to go up there and hit the ball.

"Victoria (Gomez) did an excellent job passing the ball last night to our setters, so there's no way we should have had any excuse for not running the offense," she added.

Pecos did have one injury problem, when senior setter Jessica Rodriguez collided with Christina Arenivas in the second game and injured her back, forcing her to leave the game.

"Their trainer said she had some muscle spasms in her back," Granado said. "I put Stephanie (Herrera) in there, and I thought she did a good job considering we hadn't worked her there."

Arenivas and Tiana Terry led Pecos with two kills apiece, while Jessica Martinez had the only block of the night for the Eagles against the taller Lions, though Granado said, "I don't think the girls panicked once Bramblett hit the ball. I've seen them do that and that's not what happened last night."

The loss snapped Pecos' three-game winning streak and left them with a 7-16 record, while Clint improved to 6-12 on the season. The Eagles will now be at home on Saturday against the Fabens Wildcats, who outlasted Canutillo in their district opener on Tuesday, 16-14, 11-15, 16-14. Granado said the games would be played in old Pecos High School gym, while the Eagles' junior high teams host their own tournament in the new gym.

Clint also won Tuesday's junior varsity and freshmen matches, taking the JV game by 15-3, 5-15, 15-1 scores, and winning the ninth grade match, 15-2, 15-6.

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