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Tuesday, July 15, 2003

Week-long clinic opens for volleyball girls

Junior high and freshman girls are participating this week in a volleyball clinic at the Crockett Middle School gym, with the start of preseason workouts for the freshman and other high school players now less than two weeks away.

A dozen seventh and eight graders were at the first clinic on Monday, and more than that showed up this morning. Meanwhile, varsity head coach Becky Granado said nine ninth graders attended the first day's clinic on Monday afternoon at the Crockett gym.

"It's pretty much the same girls who've been coming in since sixth grade," said Granado, who was out of town on Monday, while Roxie Chavez handed the opening day of the clinic.

"You can really tell which girls have been coming here every year, because their skill levels are higher than those who have not been coming," she said.

The seventh and eighth grades work out together in the morning, and Granado said of the group that was there on Monday. "We only had four eighth graders. The rest are seventh grade, but what is good is I don't think we've ever had that many seventh graders come out," Granado said. "I just hope we get more out today."

Girls going into 10th, 11th and 12th grades next month have been attending open gym, and Granado said "about 10 or 11 have been there. Mostly they're juniors and seniors."

Pecos placed third in District 4-3A play last season, earning a seventh straight trip to the playoffs, but this year's Eagle team figures to be even shorter than usual on the front line, and will be pushed to earn an eighth consecutive trip to the playoffs.

"It's the same problem - no height," she said. "We need to start working n our vertical jumps, because that's one thing that always kills us - height."

Granado added that all ninth through 12 grade girls need to come by Crockett this week during the morning or afternoon, or to open gym at the old Pecos High School gym to pick up papers that need to be filled out and returned before workouts get underway on Aug. 4.

Pecos will have nine days of practice before they host the first of their two preseason scrimmages on Aug. 15, and open the season in Alpine on Aug. 19. Junior high players will start practice when school begins on Aug. 18, and play their first matches at home versus Van Horn on Sept. 4.

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