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Wednesday, September 11, 2002
Eagles end losing streak by sweeping Marfa, VH
The games were sloppy, but they were also wins, which is something the
Pecos Eagles' volleyball team hadn't had a lot of lately.
The Eagles snapped a four-match losing streak on Tuesday at the Pecos
High School gym, overcoming slow starts against both the Marfa Shorthorns
and Van Horn Eagles to post a pair of two-game victories, 15-11, 15-3 over
Marfa and 15-5, 15-4 over Van Horn.
"We're still having a tough time playing as a team, but that will be
taken care of," said Eagles' coach Becky Granado following the wins, the
team's third and fourth this season in 14 tries. "We just have to realize
we have to play as a team and take care of their assignments. There's no
reason why we shouldn't play together."
Pecos fell behind early against Marfa by a 4-2 score off a couple of
mistakes and a hit by the Shorthorns' Sable Borunda. The Eagles would rally
to grab as much as a 12-6 lead, with Stephanie Herrera and Leslie Garcia
coming up with kills during that run, but then saw that lead narrowed to
12-10, off a couple of spikes by Yosly Gallegos.
That resulted in a time-out by Granado, and after that, the Eagles got
things together, breaking serve on a Rodriguez spike and then winning on
a block by Herrera on Tina Carrillo and a Herrera spike, and a block of
Margaret Travis by Erica Franco.
"We just didn't get up for it," Granado said of the first game problems.
"I just hope this open weekend will help us. We've been on the road a lot
_ I'm not trying to make excuses, but I'm hoping we can get rested up."
In the second game, Jessica Martinez had a kill off an overset by Marfa
in the early going, and the Eagles were able to take advantage of the Shorthorns
own problems to jump out to a quick 10-1 lead. Most of the Eagles' points
came off Marfa mistakes, and the same would hold true in the second game
against Van Horn later Tuesday evening.
In the first game, Pecos trailed early by 3-1 and 5-3 scores before scoring
the game's final 12 points to win. Amanda French had a kill and Samantha
David a block at the outset for points by the visiting Eagles, before Pecos
finally tied the game off a block of Laurie Davie by Martinez and a bad
hit by French.
A hard spike by French handled by Marissa Mendoza on the back line that
eventually was returned and fell in behind Van Horn's back line seemed to
be a turning point in the opening match. Pecos then ran off a series of
points, three straight on hits by Rodriguez, after the Eagles had held onto
a small lead for several rotations.
Van Horn's mistakes increased in the second game, as the Eagles didn't
have to earn a point on their own until Bre'Ann Windham put down a spike
with Pecos already holding a 12-4 lead. Martinez followed with an ace serve
and a bad set by French closed out the match.
"Jessica showed some life out there. She was more aggressive than she
has been," Granado said. "We worked on (passing) free balls yesterday, because
they need to understand that we can do a lot of damage if we pass it to
The Eagles will have this weekend off, they close out their pre-district
schedule by facing three of their five District 4-3A rivals _ Fort Stockton,
Presidio and Kermit _ next week, along with the Crane Golden Cranes. District
play for Pecos opens in two weeks at Kermit.
Van Horn defeated Marfa in Tuesday's other varsity game, 15-8, 16-14.
In junior varsity and freshman matches, the Eagles also swept Marfa and
Van Horn, with the JV downing the other group of Eagles, 15-8, 15-6, and
the Shorthorns, 15-7, 15-0. The ninth graders won their matches 15-8, 15-2
over Marfa and 15-3, 15-4 over Van Horn.
Pecos ties Monahans in opening fall tennis match
Team tennis in Class 3A won't start until the spring semester, so the
Pecos Eagles' match on Tuesday in Monahans against the Loboes doesn't have
that much impact on how the teams will fare against each other five months
Add to that the absence of the Eagles' No. 1 player in boys' singles
and coach Mike Ortiz wasn't unhappy with his team's 14-14 tie against the
Loboes, in their first dual meet of the fall season.
"I wasn't concerned. Everybody got to play a lot. Everyone played at
least twice," Ortiz said, after Monahans won eight of 10 matches on the
boys' side with the absence of Trent Graham, while Pecos' girls took 12
of the 17 singles and doubles matches on their side. Monahans won the day's
lone mixed doubles match.
"I moved everybody down because he wasn't there, or we probably would
have won a couple of more matches," said Ortiz. "With him there next time
it will be different, and will probably affect five or six matches."
Jay Dannelly, who teamed with Graham to place fourth in doubles play
at last month's Fort Stockton Tournament, teamed with Stephen Lamb to get
the boys' lone doubles win on Tuesday, 7-6, 6-2 over Quaid Ledingham and
John Willhelm. Dannelley later defeated Willhelm, 6-1, 6-3, for the boys'
On the girls' side, Ortiz said, "All my girls doubles teams won. They
pretty much carried us. We had five girls doubles teams and they all won."
Elizabeth Carreon and Jennifer Rayos won a three-set match over Christy
Gatzki and Anne Luna, 5-7, 6-3, 6-4, while Natalie Ornelas and Whitney Lamb
defeated Irene Blocker and Sydney Bassett, 7-5, 7-5; Catherine Garcia and
Beatrice Villarreal defeated Wanda and Laura Ramirez, 6-4, 7-5; Amanda Fleming
and Chantel Orona defeated Joceyln Sarinana and Laura Bouquin, 6-4, 6-4;
and Olga Mendoza and Imari Ornelas defeated Cheyenne Smith and Brandi Oyerbides,
6-2, 2-6, 7-5.
The Eagles will play their fall home opener in two weeks against Monahans,
and in-between now and then they'll travel to Midland for a match on Sept.
21 against Trinity Christian.
Pecos (14) at Monahans (14)
Stephen Lamb lost to Quaid Ledingham, 6-2, 6-2; Orlando Mendoza lost
to Nolan Pritchard, 6-0, 7-5; Jay Dannelley defeated John Willhelm, 6-0,
6-3; Joel Sotelo lost to Isaac Oyerbides, 3-6, 6-3, 6-1; Frankie Hernandez
lost to James Bear, 6-3, 6-2; T.J. Hardwick lost to Simon Leyva, 6-2, 3-6,
6-7; Danny Lujan lost to Shawn Corbin, 6-3.
Natalia Ornelas lost to Christy Gatzki, 6-1, 6-1; Elizabeth Carreon defeated
Sydney Bassett, 6-2, 6-3; Amanda Fleming lost to Ireena Escamilla, 6-0,
6-0; Jennifer Rayos defeated Irene Blocker, 6-4, 6-2; Whitney Lamb defeated
Anne Lunar, 6-1, 6-2; Catherine Garcia defeated Laura Ramirez, 6-3, 6-4;
Beatrice Villarreal lost to Tori Reynolds, 8-6; Olga Mendoza lost to Wanda
Ramirez, 7-6; Chantel Orona defeated Cheyenne Smith, 6-3; Imari Ornelas
defated Jocelyn Sarinana, 8-2; Sara Natividad defeated Brandi Oyerbides,
6-0; Natividad defeated Emily Niece, 6-0.
Lamb and Dannelley defeated Ledingham and Willhelm, 7-6 (13-11), 6-2;
Mendoza and Sotelo lost to Pritchard and Oyerbides, 6-3, 6-1; Hernandez
and Hardwick lost to Bean and Corbin, 6-3, 7-5.
Carreon and Rayos defeated Gatzki and Lunar, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4; N. Ornelas
and Lamb defeated Bassett and Blocker, 7-5; 7-5; Garcia and Villarreal defeated
L. Ramirez and W. Ramirez, 6-4, 7-5; Fleming and Orona defeated Saranana
and Bouquin, 6-4, 6-4; Mendoza and I. Ornelas defeated Oyerbides and Smith,
6-2, 2-6, 7-5.
S. Natividad and D. Lujan lost to S. Leyva and I. Escamilla, 6-3, 6-1.
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