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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 tournament.

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, Oct. 18.

"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," Ortiz said.

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)

Boys Singles

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.

Girls Singles

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.

Boys Doubles

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 by default.

Girls Doubles

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.

Mixed Doubles

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 standings.

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.

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