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Wednesday, October 10, 2001

Eagles fall to Loboes before match for first

Pecos Eagles tennis coach Mike Ortiz is hoping the results of Tuesday's match against the Monahans Loboes will provide a boost for Saturday's District 2-4A contest against the Clint Lions, even though yesterday's trip to Monahans didn't turn out nearly as well as their visit there a month ago.

The Eagles, 13-5 winners in September over the Loboes in Monahans, dropped a 12-8 match there on Tuesday, in their final non-district contest of the Fall 2001 tennis season. Pecos' final regular season match is Saturday, in Clint, with the winner earning the No. 1 seed for the District 2-4A Tournament on Oct. 18.

"They looked flat. They weren't really sharp," said Ortiz. "I don't know if they were looking ahead to Clint or what, but the whole team was just a little off enough for them to beat us.

"I look at this as a wake-up call," he added. "I'm glad we played that game and they gave us competition like that, because our kids are going to work hard to get ready for Clint on Saturday, because they know they're a good team."

All but two of the matches were pro-sets, and Ortiz said, "The mixed doubles match took forever, so because it was a school night and it was already 7 p.m., we didn't play these (four) matches."

Kristina Dominguez and Orlando Mendoza won the mixed doubles match, 7-5, 6-7 (7-3), 7-5 over Jane Hernandez and Armando Salinas, but the Loboes won all three of the girls doubles matches and took two of the three boys doubles matches.

Michael Orona and Joel Sotelo won the boys doubles match for Pecos, and also picked up the Eagles' only singles victories. On the girls' side, Elizabeth Carreon and Jennifer Rayos picked up Pecos' varsity wins, while the Eagles got a couple of victories on the JV level Tuesday. The girls did play without No. 1 singles player Natalia Ornelas, who was sick.

Saturday's match against Clint will be played at San Elizario, beginning at 1 p.m. CDT, while the District 2-4A Tournament, which was first scheduled for Pecos then moved to Monahans due to planned work on the Pecos High School tennis courts, will be held next Thursday in San Elizario and Fabens.

Pecos (8) at Monahans (12)

Boys Singles

Trent Graham lost to Ben Hawkins, 8-5; Bobby Sotelo lost to Ashish Chopra, 8-4; Stephen Lamb lost to Quiad Ledingham, 8-2; Michael Orona defeated Nolan Pritchard, 9-8 (7-2); Joel Sotelo defeated Simon Leyva, 8-6.

JV _ T.J. Hardwick defeated Holley Oyerbides, 8-4; Frankie Hernandez defeated Stacy Bundick, 8-3.

Girls Singles

Brenda Fuentes lost to Christy Gatzki, 8-6; Elizabeth Carreon defeated Alexa Galindo, 8-4; Jennifer Rayos defeated Sydney Bassett, 8-0; Chantel Orona lost to Irene Blocker, 8-6; Beatrice Villarreal lost to Charlse Jordan, 8-4.

Boys Doubles

Graham and Jay Dannelley lost to Hawkins and Chopra, 8-1; B. Sotelo and Lamb lost to Ledingham and Pritchard, 9-7; Orona and Sotelo defeated David Callaway and Leyva, 8-2.

JV _ Hardwick and Hernandez lost to Oyerbides and Bundick, 8-5.

Girls Doubles

Fuentes and Kristina Dominguez lost to Gatzki and Prairie Chamberlain, 8-5; Carreon and Rayos lost to Galindo and Bassett, 8-5; Amanda Fleming and Orona lost to Blocker and Jordan, 7-6 (9-7), 6-2.

Mixed Doubles

Dominguez and Orlando Mendoza defeated Jane Hernandez and Armando Salinas, 7-5, 6-7 (7-3), 7-5.

Eagles fly backwards in Fabens

Pecos Eagles' coach Becky Granado was hoping her volleyball team had turned the corner on Saturday, after playing two strong games in a sweep of the Clint Lions.

Instead, it was back to form for Pecos on Tuesday night in Fabens, as the Eagles fell back into a three-way tie for second place with a 15-17, 15-6, 15-8 loss to the Wildcats.

For the 10th straight match the Eagles won the opening game of their match. But in over half of those matches, Pecos had to struggle to get a win after that. On Saturday, they never trailed Clint in either the first or second games, but Tuesday night, the Eagles couldn't repeat their comeback victory against the Wildcats in Pecos three weeks ago.

"I was disappointed to see the girls play the way they played. I thought we took a giant step forward Saturday and then we took two giant steps back," said Granado, who counted 51 ballhandling errors in the three games Tuesday night.

"We won the first game and then forgot what we were supposed to do in the second," she said. "We won the first game then had the serve to start the second game and came out and missed it."

Pecos also had problems containing Fabens' hitter Lizzy Avitia throughout the night, though Granado said it was as much a matter of her team not getting into position as it was the Wildcat spikers' shots.

"We were just standing around on the back line watching the game instead of playing," she said. "We were just not moving. She was hitting the ball, but we were just not in position."

Pecos spent most of the first game coming from behind after Fabens jumped out early to a 5-0 lead. The Eagles tied the score at 8-8 and 9-9, and then after the Wildcats went up 11-9 Pecos scored five straight points to jump out to a 14-11 lead, then surrendered four straight to fall behind again, 15-14 before breaking serve and pulling out the victory.

In the second game, the Eagles again tried to rally, from 6-1 and 8-2 deficits, and cut Fabens lead to 8-6 before being shut out the rest of the way. In the third game the Wildcats jumped out to an early 5-2 lead and never led by less than four points the rest of the way.

Rebecca Wein had five kills and Christina Arenivas had four in the three games, while Leslie Rodriguez had three blocks in the loss, which left Pecos with an 11-18 season record, and tied with Fabens and Clint for second, with 4-3 records. The Wildcats, who also won a three-game match from the Eagles in non-district play in August, are 16-7 on the season.

Clint downed Canutillo on Tuesday while El Paso Mountain View defeated San Elizario to clinch a playoff spot. The Eagles, Lions and Wildcats all have to face Mountain View over the next 10 days, while Fabens and Clint still have a game against each other next Tuesday, while Pecos' other two matches to close out regular season play are against Canutillo and San Elizario.

"We've got three games left, and it will depend on which team is going to show up for us," said Granado.

Fabens also won Tuesday's junior varsity and freshman matches, taking the JV games 15-3, 17-15 and the freshman contest, 14-16, 15-10, 15-12. The Eagles are home for their next two matches, Saturday afternoon against Canutillo and next Tuesday versus Mountain View.

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