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Tuesday, September 10, 2002

Eagles hoping for success in easier part of schedule

The `downhill run' portion of the Pecos Eagles' 2002 volleyball schedule should be getting underway this week. Whether or not the run ends with a seventh straight trip to the playoffs remains to be seen.

The Eagles, who went winless over the weekend at the Seminole Invitational and fell to 2-10 on the season, have finished the toughest portion of the schedule, and will face only Class 3A and 2A teams the rest of the season, starting with this afternoon's home matches against the Marfa Shorthorns and Van Horn Eagles. Pecos will play the first and final matches of the dual meet, starting at 5 and 7:30 p.m.

"I don't know what's going to happen. Hopefully, having two easier games on Tuesday will make us relax," said Eagles' coach Becky Granado, after her team lost to Midland High, Lamesa and Andrews in pool play on Friday and to Pampa, 15-8, 15-11 in the consolation quarterfinals on Saturday.

Granado said the Eagles played better against the Harvesters on Saturday than they did in their pool round matches on Friday, and added that Pecos' short front line this season didn't help matters any in the tournament.

"With the other teams, it helps when you have some height on the front line. Our kids did a good job blocking, but you just can't block everything when you're at a disadvantage," she said.

The Eagles will have at least two more tough games remaining in district, against Monahans, which placed second at the Seminole Tournament. Marfa and Van Horn, meanwhile, are in the same district this season and face their own tough matches when District 1-2A play begins, against Alpine.

The Shorthorns, who moved back up from Class A, lost a pair of matches last Tuesday to Crane and Fort Stockton. Marfa played Pecos two weeks ago in pool round play at the Pecos Cantaloupe Classic, with the Eagles winning 15-11, 15-4. Pecos has yet to face Van Horn this season.

Today's matches are the only ones of the week for the Eagles, who will be off on Saturday. Pecos' junior varsity is also scheduled to play Marfa and Van Horn today, while the freshmen teams will play in the old Pecos High School gym.

Seventh grade volleyball girls claim Monahans title

The Crockett Middle School seventh grade purple girls volleyball team opened their 2002 season on Saturday by taking first place in the Monahans Junior High Volleyball Tournament.

The seventh graders won their opening match over Wink by 15-6, 18-16 scores, then defeated Fort Stockton, 15-9, 15-9, to advance to the finals. In the championship match, the Eagles won in three games over Presidio, 16-14, 8-15, 15-10.

"All the girls played excellent, especially for this being their first matches of the season," said coach Sonia Mendez.

Mendez said members of the seventh grade purple squad are Amber Garcia, Diana Parada, Cheyenne Carrasco, Ashley Ornelas, Ashley Bustamantes, Dorthy Lara, Katherine Ramirez, Neyva Rodriguez, Daphne Navarette, Monica Ortiz, Sada Orona, Maritza Acosta and Sandra Orosco.

On Friday, Pecos, black and gold teams opened their 2002 seasons by splitting a pair of matches with Van Horn. The black team lost by 15-10, 8-15, 15-7 scores, while the gold team defeated Van Horn, 15-3, 15-5.

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