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for Pecos Country of West Texas
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
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
"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)
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.
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.
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.
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
"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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