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Wednesday, October 15, 2003

Pecos changes line-up for Stockton meet

Pecos Eagles' swimming coach Terri Morse plans to try a few of her swimmers out at new spots on Thursday, when the Eagles travel to Fort Stockton for a dual meet against the Panthers.

Morse said diving will get underway at 4:30 p.m., followed by the timed finals at 6 p.m. It's the first dual meet of the season for the Eagles and their first of three trips this year to Fort Stockton. They'll return in December for the Coker Invitational and for the District 3-4A meet in January.

The Eagles finished second two weeks ago in both boys and girls divisions at their season-opening meet, the Odessa Invitational at the University of Texas-Permian Basin swimming pool. However, Morse said most of the Eagles would be entered in different races on Thursday against the Prowlers.

"I pretty much changed everybody up," she said. "I want to see what some people can do, and our swimming season is so long they get to where they're worn out swimming the same thing over and over."

Catherine Minjarez, who placed second in the 200 individual medley at Odessa, will swim the 100 yard freestyle and the 100 breaststroke on Thursday, while Lindsey Shaw, who was third in the medley and second in the 100 yard breaststroke, will swim the 100 backstroke and 100 butterfly.

On the boys' side, Will Oglesby, who won the 100 fly and 100 backstroke in Odessa, will swim the backstroke again, but will also be entered in the 200 individual medley. K.W. Winkles, who won that race in Odessa, will swim in the 50 yard freestyle and 100 yard breaststroke, and Max Key, who won the breaststroke, will be entered in the 100 fly and the 200 freestyle at Fort Stockton.

Along with Oglesby in the backstroke, the boys will have one other first place finisher at Odessa competing in the same event, 1-meter diver Michael Juarez.

Following Thursday's meet, Pecos will have a dual meet at home next Thursday against Monahans, while their next invitational meet will be at Big Spring on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1.

Eagles survive late trouble, earn sweep of Blue Devils

Staff Writer

The Pecos Eagles had a fast start and a slow finish for the second straight game on Tuesday, but they were again able to recover in time to complete a three game sweep of their volleyball match, this time over the Presidio Blue Devils.

The Eagles, who had to rally to win Game 3 at Kermit last Saturday after two easy wins, had to come from a 22-20 deficit in Game 3 against Presidio to win by a 25-23 score, after taking the first two games from the Blue Devils by 25-11 scores.

"That's the same way we played (in Kermit). We played two good games and then tried to give the third one away," said Eagles' coach Becky Granado, whose team clinched at least a tie for the third and final District 4-3A playoff berth with Tuesday's win. "In the second game Presidio did pick it up a little bit, but in the third game I don't know if it was that they picked their game up to another level or just that we dropped down. That's the one thing we have to learn, that we have to play at a higher level than the team we're playing."

Danielle Garcia opened the match with a pair of kills and Bre'Ann Windham had an ace serve against the Blue Devils, who had problems moving on defense in Game 1. A pair of ace serves by Stephanie Herrera would eventually widen Pecos' lead to 12-4, and the teams would trade points for the next few minutes before the Eagles closed out the match with a 5-1 run, including a pair of spikes by Leslie Rodriguez and two more ace serves, by Vanessa Garcia and Danielle Garcia.

Presidio got a little offense in the early going from Arcely Levario and Yazmin Herrera, but they also had a few bad hits, while the Eagles got kills from Danielle Garcia, Rodriguez and Windham during a run that turned a 6-3 lead into a 17-6 Pecos advantage. A pair of spikes by Herrera would close the game out.

Presidio got its first lead of the match to start Game 3, as hits by Herrera and Levario helped the Blue Devils jump ahead by a 7-2 score. Several other points came from unforced errors by the Eagles, as Granado said her team had problems with their back line play in the early part of that game.

"Everything starts with passing," she said. "Amalie (Herrera), Maritza (Sandoval), Mari (Mendoza) Danielle and Stephanie did a good job overall when they were in there, but when we can't pass the ball, that's when we have problems."

Spikes by Rodriguez would eventually help Pecos tie the game at 9-all, but the Eagles were never able to take the lead until a spike by Stephanie Herrera put them ahead, 16-15. But she was then blocked by Yazmie Herrera to tie the game, and she and Levario would then put Presidio back up by a 19-16 score, which they were able to hold for the next several minutes.

It was 22-20 when the Eagles tied the game on a spike by Windham and a missed hit by Presidio's Perla Tavarez. A spike by Rodriguez put the Eagles ahead to stay, and after a missed dink across the net by Lina Coffman and a kill by Coffman made it 24-23, Rodriguez put down her 15th kill of the evening to close out the match.

The victory was the Eagles' fifth straight and improved their record to 6-1 in district, while getting them back to the .500 mark for the first time since Sept. 2, at 14-14 on the season. Pecos remains two games up on Greenwood, which beat Kermit on Tuesday, 25-12, 25-13, 25-11, and is now three games ahead of fourth place Fort Stockton, which lost to Monahans on Tuesday, 25-14, 25-19, 25-21.

That clinched a playoff spot for the Loboes, who'll be the Eagles' next opponent, in Monahans next Tuesday night. Pecos then hosts Fort Stockton and travels to Greenwood to wrap up regular season play.

Presidio won Tuesday's junior varsity match in three games, 24-26, 25-15, 25-23, while the freshman won a split set match over the Blue Devils, 23-25, 25-18, 25-18.

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