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Wednesday, October 1, 2003

Eagles unable to handle Loboes' hitters, servers

Staff Writer

The Pecos Eagles figured to have trouble handling Monahans' hitters. But when they started having trouble with Monahans' servers, Tuesday's match at the Pecos High School gym was pretty much over.

The defending district and regional volleyball champs jumped all over the Eagles at the outset of their match, using the hitting of Laura Crumrine to grab a 12-0 lead in the opening game, on the way to a 25-9 victory. But in the second game, with Crumrine on the back line and the Loboes leading by only a 7-6 score, the Eagles were unable to set up their offense off the serves of Monahans' Trisha Clements, giving up 14 straight points on the way to a 25-10 defeat.

Game 3 was more like the opener, as the Loboes went ahead 8-0 behind Crumrine on the way to a 25-7 win and a sweep of the match, which gave Monahans sole possession of first place in the District 4-3A standings.

"We had a tough time passing the ball," said Eagles' coach Becky Granado. "If we can't pass the ball, we can't do anything."

Brittany Hughes was the main beneficiary of the Eagles' second game problems, coming up with a series of kills off free balls given up by Pecos. Hughes and Crumrine also scored several times off quick sets, as Pecos' blockers had problems handling the taller Monahans hitters.

"As far as our defense, we were completely out of position a lot," Granado said. "Their sets are shorter and not what we're used to."

"They're pretty much doing the same thing as last year, the only thing is they've worked all summer long to get where they are at this point," she added. "I told my girls they were in the gym all summer long getting ready to go back to Austin, and that's the difference between them and the rest of the district."

Pecos never really got a hard spike down against Monahans on Tuesday. The Eagles' first point of the match came on a dink by Bre'Ann Windham into an open spot on the court, while Leslie Rodriguez had a hit for a point later, as the Eagles got to within 18-9 in Game 1 before Crumrine rotated back up front and Monahans put the match away. Three missed serves in the opening match also hurt Pecos' chances.

In Game 2, Monahans had some problems of their own in the early going, giving Pecos five points on unforced errors while the Eagles' other point came on a hit by Danielle Garcia. Pecos did have a few problems with the jump serves by both Crumrine and Hughes, but neither was able to get that serve over as consistently as Clements did with her normal serve, which the Eagles couldn't pass most of the time to set up a good spike attempt.

Crumrine was able to both spike the ball past Pecos' back line and tip it over Pecos' blockers and in front of the back line for points in the third game. The Eagles finally scored on a tip by Stephanie Herrera, but that would be the lone earned point of the match for Pecos, as their other six came off errors by Monahans.

"I felt we were just intimidated by their height. They'll get up there and hit the ball, and my blockers just had a hard time adjusting to it," said Granado, whose team fell to 2-1 in district and 10-14 on the season. Monahans saw their record improve to 3-0 and 27-5 overall.

The Eagles are now tied for second with Greenwood, which defeated Fort Stockton last night on the Panthers' home court, 25-22, 25-20, 27-25. That's where Pecos will travel on Saturday for their next match, against the Prowlers, before returning home to host Greenwood on Tuesday, to close out the first half of the 4-3A schedule.

Monahans also won Tuesday's freshman and junior varsity matches, taking the ninth grade contest, 25-17, 25-22, and the JV match by 25-22, 25-16 scores.

Eagles opening 2003-04 swim season in Odessa

The Pecos Eagles' swim team will open their 2003-04 season this weekend, competing at the Odessa Invitational at the University of Texas-Permian Basin pool.

It's the first of 11 regular season meets for the Eagles, prior to the District 3-4A meet, scheduled for Jan. 23-24 at the Fort Stockton High School pool.

"I'll still have a few people missing for Odessa," said Eagles' coach Terri Morse, whose team swept the Region I-4A Championships for the third straight year this past February. Pecos' boys placed fifth at the Class 4A State Championships in Austin and have won all four regional titles since 4A competition was split off from Class 5A in 2000.

The Eagles will have about 26 swimmers competing this year, though they won't have a full team for the first month of the season. Morse said her main absences at Odessa will be due to other extracurricular activities, and on the boys' side it will affect diving more than swimming. Two divers are involved in football, and will be absent when competition begins on Friday at the UTPB pool.

"I've also got some girls involved in cheerleading, and they've only been able to work out part of the time," she added.

The Odessa meet was held at the UTPB pool, and held outdoors, for the first time last year. Swimming finals will be held on Saturday.

District competition will be the Eagles' third trip to Fort Stockton this season. They'll go there for a dual meet with the Panthers on Oct. 16, and return for the Coker Invitational on Dec. 6 before the 3-4A meet in late January.

"We opted to move the district meet a week back this year, so it's the same as everyone else," said Morse. That will mean a two-week break before Region I-4A competition at Lubbock on Feb. 5-7. The state meet in Austin is two weeks later, on Feb. 20-21.

Along with their three trips to Fort Stockton, the Eagles will also visit Lubbock twice, for regionals and the Lubbock Invitational following the Christmas-New Year's break, and will host three meets - duals against Monahans and Fort Stockton in late October and early November, followed by the Pecos Invitational on Nov. 14-15.

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