Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
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
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.
York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
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324 S. Cedar St., Pecos, TX 79772
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