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Thursday, August 14, 2003
Eagles to get weekend scrimmage tests
The Pecos Eagles volleyball team will get their first chance to play
under the new state volleyball rules on Friday and Saturday, in pre-season
scrimmage play at home and in Monahans.
Pecos will face Alpine, Wink Fort Davis and Crane at home on Friday,
starting at 4 p.m., and then will go to Monahans on Saturday, to face the
host Loboettes, Kermit and Odessa Permian, beginning at 10 a.m.
The games will be 20-minute scrimmages, but will be the first chance
for the Eagles to play under the "rally scoring" system begun this year
by the University Interscholastic League.
"It's going to be even more important that we get the balls over the
net, and we're really going to have to make sure we get the third ball over
the net," said Eagles' coach Becky Granado. "With rally scoring we can't
afford not to get it over the net, because that would just be an easy point
we're giving up."
Under the new rules, matches will be best 3-out-of-5 and the games will
go to 25 points, as compared with the 2-out-of-3 format and the first-to-15
points system used in the past. But teams can now score on what had been
break serves. That should make games between evenly matched teams go fast
Granado already is without one of her seniors, Stephanie Herrera, who
severely sprained her ankle in practice last week. "Actually we've had five
of my seniors with some type of injury, and that threw everything off,"
she said, though Herrera is the only one sidelined for now.
"If we're going to have injuries, we might as well have them this early
in the season so we can get ready for district. The other girls will just
have to pick up the slack and be patient with the others girls," she said.
Along with the senior injuries, Granado said the Eagles also are trying
to adjust to new setters this season. Pecos also is at their usual height
disadvantage on the front line.
"We're going to have to be aggressive on defense, and our setters are
young, so they're going to have problems, she said. "All this is new to
them on offense and defense, but I think in the long run, they'll be OK
when they get a few games under their belt."
"As far as the offense, if we can get our setters going we have a couple
of hitters right now in Leslie (Rodriguez), Danielle (Garcia) and Bre'Ann
(Windham) who can hit the ball.
The varsity and junior varsity times will play at the same time on Friday
in the new PHS gym, while Pecos' ninth graders will play at those times
in the old gym, at 4 p.m. against Alpine, 5:30 against Wink, 7 p.m. against
Fort Davis and 7:30 p.m. versus Crane.
Saturday's schedule in Monahans has Pecos facing Kermit at 10 a.m., Odessa
Permian at 11:20 a.m. and Monahans at 2 p.m. Regular season play opens for
Pecos next Tuesday in Alpine against the Bucks and Van Horn Eagles.
York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
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