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Tuesday, August 20, 2002

Eagles open 2002 season against Bronchos, Bucks

The 2002 season opens up this afternoon for the Pecos Eagles volleyball team in Odessa, where they'll take on the Odessa High Bronchos and Alpine Bucks in varsity, junior varsity and freshmen matches.

The Eagles are scheduled to take on OHS and Alpine at 4:30 p.m., though they may begin play after the Bucks and Bronchos have faced each other in the three-way match.

The Eagles begin this season as a member of Class 3A for the first time since 1979. They're dropping into District 4-3A and will replace Alpine, which dropped down to Classs 2A for the 2002-2003 school year. Odessa High, meanwhile, remains in Class 5A, though thanks to consolidation of El Paso's two 5A districts into only one this fall, the Bronchos traditional District 4-5A has been renumbered to District 3-5A for 2002.

Coach Becky Granado said the Eagles played better at the end of both their scrimmages over the weekend in Pecos and Monahans. They had two 20-minute sessions at home on Friday against Alpine, and were edged both times by 10-9 scores, and got a look at Odessa High on Saturday in Monahans, even though the Eagles didn't get a chance to scrimmage the Bronchos.

"It will be interesting tomorrow to see what they can do in a regular game," Granado said on Monday. "Odessa High is like us. They really don't have any height. I think this is the shortest they've been in a long time."

Alpine had a big height advantage over Pecos in their scrimmage games, but the Eagles were able to offset that some by doing a better job on defense and on handling serves than the Bucks did.

"I think we'll have good games against them on Tuesday," Granado said of the Bucks and Bronchos. Pecos has opened the regular season with matches against Alpine and OHS for the past several years, and last season were swept in two games by both squads, on the way to a 4-15 start to the 2001 season.

The Eagles turned things around just before District 2-4A play began, closing out their season by winning 10 of their final 15 games and qualified for the playoffs for the sixth straight season.

Junior Stephanie Herrera earned all-district honors as a hitter/setter last season, while senior Leslie Rodriguez received honorable mention among the Eagles' returning players. Both are outside hitters this season for Pecos, while Jessica Martinez and Mindi Harrison will be the team's middle hitters and blockers.

Today's match will be the first of two over the next for days for the Eagles against the Bucks. They'll meet against at 6 p.m. on Friday in pool round play at the Sandhills Tournament in Monahans, after facing Seminole and Frenship earlier in the day.

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