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Monday, August 25, 2003

Eagles end up 5th at Sandhills despite injuries

Staff Writer

All things considered, the Pecos Eagles had a fairly good weekend on the court at the Sandhills Volleyball Tournament in Monahans, winning four games despite losing three players during the course of their six matches.

The Eagles went 2-1 on both Friday and Saturday and finished fifth overall, downing Seminole in their final match by a 25-18, 28-26 final score. Earlier in the day, Pecos dropped a 25-6, 25-14 decision to Midland High, then rallied for their second win in five days over Van Horn, 20-25, 25-18, 28-26, in the fifth place semifinal.

Pecos started off the tournament by losing senior hitter Bre'Ann Windham on the first play of the first match on Friday, a 25-24, 22-25, 25-21 pool round loss to the Lubbock Cooper Pirates. The Eagles then came back to beat Plainview, 23-25, 25-21, 25-23, while losing freshman setter Cassandra Terrazas to a thumb injury, but were still able to sweep Frenship in their final match of the day, 25-22, 25-19.

Eagles' coach Becky Granado said Terrazas was able to play on Saturday, but added, "Maritza (Sandoval) had to sit out the fifth place game. She and Danielle (Garcia) went for the ball and she got hit on the side of her face. But the other girls picked up the slack."

The Eagles already were minus senior hitter Stephanie Herrera going into the tournament, and will be without both her and Windham tonight, when they travel to Andrews to face both that group of Mustangs and the Midland Christian Mustangs, starting at 5:30 p.m.

"She came down and the Lubbock girl went over the line and Bre'Ann stepped on her foot," Granado said of the ankle injury. "It's still swollen, so she's going to have to stay on crutches until she can walk without a limp."

Granado said the Eagles were at a major height disadvantage against Midland High, but hurt themselves in the opening match as well, only this time with mental mistakes instead of physical ones.

"They have a lot of tall girls, but in the first game it was their servers. We had a hard time passing the ball, then we settled down in the second game and started playing better," Granado said. "They were a little too much for us. They have a little bit more experienced players than I do, but I think my girls realized after the game they could have given them a much better game."

However, she said the Eagles struggled again handling serves in their opener against Van Horn, along with being out of position on defense. "That No. 9, (Vivian) Anchondo kept going cross-court on us, and we didn't adjust."

The Eagles did get things together in the second game, but had to survive ties at 24-all, 25-all and 26-all in Game 3 before pulling out the victory.

Playing without Sandoval on the back line against Seminole, Granado said, "They surprised me. They hung in there real good and played well as a team."

"We were passing to the target and setting up Leslie (Rodriguez) and Danielle so they were able to hit the ball," she added. Rodriguez ended up being named to the all-tournament team for the Eagles.

Friday's final pool game didn't count in the overall standings, while Saturday's games were only best two-out-of-three in order to speed up play. The Eagles had to rush over to the Larned Special Events Center for their 5 p.m. match against Frenship, after their 3 p.m. pool game against Plainview began an hour behind schedule in the Monahans High School gym.

Granado said Pecos' junior varsity team also went 2-1 on Saturday and finished fifth in their division of the Sandhills Tournament, while the Eagle freshman ended up in the consolation bracket at Monahans and lost their opening match. The freshman and JV teams also are scheduled to face Andrews and Midland Christian tonight, then will compete in the Pecos Cantaloupe Classic Tournament this weekend.

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