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Wednesday, September 25, 2002

Eagles zip past Jackets again in district opener

The Pecos Eagles volleyball team followed up their Saturday sweep of the Kermit Yellowjackets with an even better sweep of Kermit on Tuesday night, in the District 4-3A opener for both teams.

Pecos, which won at home over Kermit last weekend by 15-4, 15-8 scores, took care of Kermit this time by scores of 15-4, 15-2, closing out the second match in only three serve rotations.

"I was very pleased with the way we played. We didn't go in there overconfident," said Eagles' coach Becky Granado, whose team was 4-1 against 4-3A rivals during pre-district play, while going only 3-10 against non-district teams.

Kermit did jump out to a 2-0 lead in the opener, but the Eagles came back to score the game's next nine points and finished things off with a 6-1 run.

"They were having a tough time passing the ball. We just kept doing what we did the last time, serving the ball to their weakest passers," Granado said. "They gave us a lot of free balls and we took advantage of it."

In the second game, the Eagles opened by jumping ahead 7-0 on their first service possession, added five more points after Kermit broke serve and got on the board, and then finished the game off after the Jackets made it 12-2.

"As far as the second game, Maritza (Sandoval) got us started. She had seven straight points, and Jessica (Martinez) had a couple of blocks in there," Granado said. Overall, she said Martinez "had seven solo blocks. That's the best she's played all year."

She also had four kills, while Leslie Rodriguez had two and Stephanie Herrera one on offense for the Eagles.

"What helped us was we didn't have any mental mistakes. We were very focused last night," Granado said. "I thought after that easy win in the first game we would come back down and play at their level, but we didn't."

The Eagles will now take their 1-0 record into their district home opener, against the other 4-3A team they defeated last Saturday, Presidio. Granado said the freshman, junior varsity and varsity matches will begin at 2, 3 and 4 p.m. on Saturday.

Pecos' freshman also defeated Kermit on Tuesday for the second time in four days, by 17-15, 15-12 scores, while the Eagles' junior varsity lost to the Jackets, 15-8, 3-15, 15-5.

Loboes slip by Eagles in home tennis opener

The Pecos Eagles' tennis team came up short against the Monahans Loboes in their fall home opener on Tuesday, falling to Monahans by an 11-10 final score.

The teams tied their 18 boys and girls' varsity matches, 9-9, but the Loboes took two of the three other matches played on Tuesday. One of those wins came in doubles play, while the Loboes took four of the six varsity doubles matches.

"I wasn't expecting to lose there, so you'd have to say they out played us in doubles," coach Mike Ortiz said. "The last time we beat them in doubles (in an overall 14-14 tie two weeks ago), so that was the difference."

The Loboes took seven of 11 matches on the boys' side, though No. 1 and No. 1 players for Pecos, Trent Graham and Jay Dannelley, won their singles matches after combining for a doubles victory over Quaid Ledingham and Zach Oliver. Joel Sotelo in singles picked up the boys' other win on the afternoon.

On the girls' side, No. 1 doubles team of Elizabeth Carreon and Jennifer Rayos picked up a win over Sydna Bassett and Irene Blocker, and Carreon then defeated Bassett while Rayos downed Treena Escamilla in singles play.

Whitney Lamb, Imari Ornelas and Sara Natividad were the other winners for the girls in singles play.

The Eagles are off for the rest of the week, and won't play their next matches until Oct. 5, against Fort Stockton and Midland Christian.

Monahans (11) at Pecos (10)
Boys Singles

Trent Graham defeated Quaid Ledingham, 6-0, 6-3; Jay  Dannelley defeated Nolan Pritchard, 6-3, 6-1; Orlando Mendoza lost to  Zach Oliver, 6-3, 6-3; Joel Sotelo defeated Isaac Oyerbides, 3-6, 6-3, 10-6;  T.J. Hardwick lost to John Wilhelm, 9-7; Guthrie Long lost to James  Beam, 8-4; Donald Walker lost to Simon Leyva, 8-3.

Girls Singles
Natalia Orenlas lost to Christy Gatzki, 6-2, 6-2; Elizabeth  Carreon defeated Sydna Bassett, 6-3, 6-0; Jennifer Rayos defeated  Irene Escamillo, 6-1, 6-4; Amanda Fleming lost to Irene Blocker, 6-3, 1-6,  14-12; Whitney Lamb defeated Anne Lunar, 6-1, 6-3; Imari  Ornelas defeated Laura Ramirez, 8-5; Sara Natividad defeated Wanda  Ramirez, 9-7.

Boys Doubles
Graham and Dannelley defeated Ledingham and Oliver, 6-3,  6-3; Mendoza and Sotelo lost to Pritchard and Wilhelm, 6-4,  6-4; Hardwick and Long lost to Oyerbides and Bean, 6-3,  6-2; Walker and Danny Lujan lost to Shawn and Martinez, 6-1, 6-0.

Girls Doubles
Carreon and Rayos defeated Bassett and Blocker, 6-1,  6-3; Ornelas and Lamb lost to Gatzki and Lunar, 4-6, 6-1, 10-7;  Catherine Garcia and Beatrice Villarreal lost to L. Ramirez and W. Ramirez, 6-3, 6-2.

Pecos' times slower on tougher Big Spring course

The Pecos Eagles' cross country team failed to place among the top teams this past weekend in their second meet of the season, this one held in Big Spring.

"We didn't place as a team in the Top 3," coach Rudy Jurado said. The Eagles had finished third in their division two weeks earlier in their season opening meet at San Angelo.

Pecos' times were slower in Big Spring than they were at San Angelo. "This course was a lot tougher. They were more hills and there were more turns," Jurado said. "There was also some different teams, which was good, because we needed to face some tough competition."

Jurado said the best individual finish of the day for Pecos was a 12 th place by Genaro Mendoza, with a 19:22 time on the three-mile course. Jason Sanchez was 22nd with a 20:09 time and Jay Dannelley placed 28th with a time of 20:42. Other finishers for Pecos on the boys' side were Joshua Cobos with a 21:55 time, Alex Orosco with a 22:22 time, Jeremiah Mora with a 22:59 timr and Raul Garcia with a time of 23:06.

Jurado said he only had two girls compete at Big Spring, with Samantha Armendariz finishing the race in 21:26 and Kristi Contreras finishing with a 22:16 time.

Jurado said only two other District 4-3A team were at the meet, Fort Stockton and Big Spring, and both had their runners entered in the junior varsity division, "but they said they would run varsity later," he added. The Eagles' next meet is this Saturday in Lubbock, site of the Region I-3A cross country meet in late October.

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