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Wednesday, October 2, 2002

`Forgetful' Eagles fall to Loboes

It was an evening to forget for the Pecos Eagles volleyball team, and that started even before the Eagles dropped a 15-6, 15-3 decision Tuesday in Monahans to the Loboes.

"We were not into the game. I had one girl forget her shoes, and then we're changing for the game and here comes another one who forgot her shorts," said Eagles' coach Becky Granado. "We can't even get on the bus and remember to bring a complete uniform. We were not thinking about the game."

That continued once play began, Granado said. "I only had one girl into the game and that was Stephanie (Herrera). The rest were just out there.

"I told them what Monahans was going to do, but we just forgot," she said. "I told them we needed to get Kristen (Hall) out of the play, and half the time we couldn't remember where she was on the court."

The former classmate of Pecos' seniors ended up serving 10 straight points at the start of the second game, after Pecos had taken their only lead of the night, at 1-0. In the opening game, it was a seven-point run that put the Loboes in charge, turning a 4-2 lead into an 11-2 advantage.

"We were intimidated out there. Monahans has some good hitters, but still, we worked on blocking at practice, but you would think we didn't last night. We were always one second too late," Granado said.

That allowed Monahans' senior Laura Crumrine and freshman Kara Hughes uncontested kills for much of the night. "I told them when No. 5 (Hughes) was up front, that's who they would set it to, and when Crumrine was up there, that's who they would set it to," Granado said. "If they had just followed the game play, we would have given them a much tougher game."

The loss left Monahans alone in first in the District 4-3A standings, with a 3-0 mark, and 23-6 overall. Pecos falls to 9-12 on the season and 2-1 in district, tied for second with Midland Greenwood, which defeated Fort Stockton on Tuesday. The Eagles will host Fort Stockton on Saturday afternoon, and will try and defeat the Prowlers for the third time this season, but the first in district play.

Monahans also won Tuesday's junior varsity match, 15-7, 15-4, and took the ninth grade match, 15-2, 15-3.

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