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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
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
By JON FULBRIGHT
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.
York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
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