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for Pecos Country of West Texas
Monday, August 25, 2003
Eagles end up 5th at Sandhills despite injuries
By JON FULBRIGHT
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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