Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Wednesday, October 3, 2001
Eagles survive struggle to get past San Elizario
By JON FULBRIGHT
The Pecos Eagles have finally reached a level of consistency for the
2001 volleyball season. It's not the level coach Becky Granado would
like them to be at, but "a victory is a victory," she said after the
Eagles' 15-7, 15-13 win over San Elizario on Tuesday at the Pecos High
For the eighth straight time the Eagles won the first game of their match,
and then had to struggle in the second game. Pecos scored nine straight points
to close out the opening game, but then fell behind by a 9-2 score in the
second game, and later trailed 12-10 after tying the score at 10-all.
"Leslie (Rodriguez) came alive at last. She had a couple of good kills,"
Granado said. Rodriguez had a five kills for points at the end of the two
games, bouncing two spikes in off the net in the second game, as did Becca
Wein for match point.
With the shortest team in district, San Elizario coach Joe Olivas played
all six of his girls back on defense instead of up at the net, and since
the Eagles have one of their shorter teams in a while this season, that caused
problems for Pecos' hitters.
"It's tough when you have nobody on the net and nobody blocking to try
and find an open spot to hit to," Granado said. "There are not going to be
too many with six girls playing back."
Pecos did find some spots in the opening game without having to redirect
any kills off the next. Wein opened up with a kill and Christina Arenivas
also scored off a spike as the Eagles went up early by a 4-1 score. Victoria
Gomez also had an ace during that time, but San Eli came back and tied the
game off an ace by Valerie Macias, then took the first lead off a bad relay
by the host Eagles.
San Eli was up 7-6 afte a kill by Valerie Barraza went the Eagles started
their 9-0 run off the tip of an overset by Jennifer Martinez. Rodriguez then
got the first of her three kills for points in the opener, with the final
one putting Pecos ahead 12-7. It took the Eagles a full rotation to get their
13th point, but San Elizario's problems serving kept them from
catching up, and the Eagles finally finished things off on two unforced errors
and a Martinez spike.
San Eli also had some unforced errors in Pecos' second game comeback,
after the Eagles mistakes helped the visitors jump out to a seven-point lead.
"I can't figure them out," Granado said. "On the court they look like they've
lost it, then they come to the huddle talking like they want to win, but
when they go back onto the court they're a totally different team."
After Rodriguez' kills tied the score at 10-10, a spike by Ana
PMGA announces winners in 2001 match play tourney
Steve Valenzuela and Mike Harrison were the winners of the junior and
senior divisions of this year's Pecos Men's Golf Association Club Match Play
Over 40 golfers competed in the two divisions of this year's event, with
Valenzuela taking the junior division title by defeating Ruben Baca, Jr.
in the finals. Harrison won the senior division championship, defeating Beau
Jack Hendrick in the final match.
The Pecos Men's Golf Association holds the tournament annually, in which
golfers are paired in match play, with winners advancing to the next round
of the tournament. Anyone interested in joining the PMGA can contact the
Pecos Golf Shop at 447-2858.
York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
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324 S. Cedar St., Pecos, TX 79772
Phone 915-445-5475, FAX 915-445-4321
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