Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Tuesday, October 9, 2001
Victory over Mt. View keeps Pecos, Clint tied
The Pecos Eagles tennis team will play their final non-district tennis
match of the 2001 season this afternoon in Monahans, with an eye towards
their final district contest on Saturday before next week's 2-4A Tournament.
The Eagles will face the Loboes at 4 p.m., after picking up their second
win in as many District 2-4A matches this past Saturday, beating El Paso
Mountain View by an 18-1 score at San Elizario.
The win sets up a showdown on Saturday at San Eli against the Clint Lions,
who also are 2-0 in district after their win on Friday over Fabens. "Whoever
wins will be No. 1 seed," said coach Mike Ortiz.
Since District 2-4A was formed three years ago, the Eagles and Lions have
been the only two teams to advance to the Region I-4A Tournament. Pecos beat
Clint twice in 1999, while the Eagles lost to the Lions twice in 1999. Last
year, Pecos won the match for seeding, but then lost to Clint in the district
This year's tournament was supposed to be at Pecos, but was then moved
first to Monahans and will now be back to its usual sites for the past three
years, at San Elizario and Fabens. A conflict with area band competition
forced the 2-4A tournament to be moved from Saturday, Oct. 20, to Thursday,
"Whoever wins between me and Clint we'll have another short meeting between
us and the other (Fabens and Mountain View) coaches to determine between
San Elizario and Fabens where 1 and 4 will play and where 2 and 3 will play,"
As for Saturday's match, it was the second time in as many 2-4A outings
the Eagles suffered only one loss, a 6-4, 6-1 defeat to the Lobos' Cynthia
Falcon and Diana Ceniceros.
"My girls just played a bad match. They were just off," Ortiz said. "They
(Falcon and Ceniceros) are a good team, but my girls just had an off doubles
match. If they meet them again they'll beat them."
On the boys' side, only one Mountain View player or doubles team managed
more than two points in a match against Pecos, and the Eagles ended up winning
two matches by default. Two of the six girls singles matches were shortened
after the Eagles had clinched their victory.
Pecos (18) vs. EP Mountain View (1)
Trent Graham defeated J. Acevedo, 6-1, 6-0; Bobby Sotelo defeated L. Guerrero,
6-1, 6-1; Stephen Lamb defeated G. Morales, 6-0, 6-2; Jay Dannelley defeated
J. Arrieta, 4-6, 6-1, 6-3; Michael Orona defeated Jason Lopez, 6-1, 6-0;
Orlando Mendoza won by default.
Natalia Ornelas defeated Cynthia Falcon, 6-1, 6-3; Brenda Fuentes defeated
Diana Ceniceros, 6-3, 6-1; Kristina Dominguez defeated Brenda Nieto, 6-1,
6-1; Elizabeth Carreon defeated M. Gonzales 6-2, 6-0; Jennifer Rayos defeated
J. Villalobos, 5-1; Amanda Fleming defeated L. Gonzales, 2-0.
Graham and Dannelley defeated Acevedo and Guerrero, 6-0, 6-0; B. Sotelo
and Lamb defeated Morales and Arrieta, 6-1, 6-1; Orona and J. Sotelo won
Ornelas and Fuentes lost to Falcon and Ceniceros, 6-4, 6-1; Carreon and
Rayos defeated Gonzales and Villalobos, 6-3, 6-1; Dominguez and Chantel Orona
defeated Gutierrez and Perez, 6-4, 6-2.
Mendoza and Fleming defeated Lopez and Gonzalez, 6-0, 6-3.
Eagles seek win to close in on playoff spot
The Pecos Eagles can't clinch a playoff spot tonight, but they can take
a big step towards their sixth straight post-season appearance with a win
in Fabens over the Wildcats.
The Eagles are scheduled to face the Wildcats at about 8 p.m. CDT, following
the freshmen and junior varsity games at 5:30 and 6:30 p.m., with Fabens
tied with Clint for third place, a game behind Pecos in the District 2-4A
A win by the Wildcats would create at least a two-way tie for second in
the standings, while a victory by the Eagles would put them two games up
on Fabens with only three games to play.
Coach Becky Granado would like to see her team catch El Paso Mountain
View for first place, and will host the Lobos a week from tonight. But with
Pecos two games in back of Mountain View, Granado said making the playoffs
is the main thing on the Eagles' minds right now.
"That's our first goal, getting into the playoffs. Right now I don't see
anybody else beating Mountain View," Granado said following Saturday's 15-3,
15-10 win over Clint. "But we can't afford to lose any more games."
The Eagles' season may have turned around last month in their first district
match-up with Fabens. After losing a pre-district game at home to the Wildcats
in August, Pecos rallied from a 13-6 deficit in the first game and a 14-7
hole in Game 2 to beat Fabens, 15-13, 16-14, after a district-opening loss
to Clint. Since then, the Eagles have lost only once, in three games at first-place
Mountain View two weeks ago.
While Pecos was able to overcome Fabens twice in their last meeting, Granado
said, "We can't afford to let them get ahead, especially over there. We have
to come out strong."
The Wildcats' Lizzy Avitia and Mary Lu Lopez hurt the Eagles in the early
going of both games last month, but Fabens had trouble both getting their
spikes down and setting up their offense at the end of each game. However,
they come into tonight's contest off an easy 15-3, 15-4 win this past Saturday
over Canutillo, which evened their district record at 3-3 and left them a
game in back of the 4-2 Eagles.
After tonight, Pecos plays their next two games at home, Saturday against
Canutillo and a week from tonight versus Mountain View, before closing regular
season play on Oct. 20 at San Elizario.
York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
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