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Wednesday, October 22, 2003

Eagles clinch playoff berth, Loboes clinch title

The Pecos Eagles lost a chance at first place but did earn their eighth straight trip to the playoffs Tuesday night, despite a three-game loss to the Monahans Loboes.

Monahans clinched the District 4-3A volleyball title by handing Pecos its second loss in two meetings and second loss overall in district play, 25-17, 25-11, 25-11. But the Eagles still ended up advancing to the playoffs when Greenwood rallied to defeat Fort Stockton on Tuesday, by 22-25, 23-25, 25-21, 25-13, 15-9 scores.

Pecos is two games behind Monahans and one game in front of Greenwood, while Fort Stockton remains three games in back of the Eagles with only two games remaining on the regular season schedule.

Head coach Becky Granado was unavailable this morning, but Eagles' junior varsity coach Roxie Chavez said, "They played with them in the first game, but then I guess that seemed like enough for the girls."

Monahans' hitters Laura Crumrine and Brittany Hughes still caused problems for the shorter Pecos players, but Chavez said in the opening game, "We were picking up balls and got up there at the net and slowed their balls down. We were really hustling."

Monahans did go out to a nine-point lead midway through the game, but the Eagles were able to cut that margin back to as little as five, at 21-16, before the Loboes were able to pull away. Monahans also had some early problems hitting, as Crumrine put a couple of spikes into the net during the Eagles' rally, but in the second and third games, the Loboes were able to go out to big early leads and then maintained their margin the rest of the way.

"In the second game, the first girl who served for them served about nine points in a row, and it went downhill from there," Chavez said. In Game 3, Monahans jumped out to 7-0 and then 10-2 leads, and the Eagles were never able to close the gap.

"Monahans had an off-night last night. If we were going to beat them, we should have done it, because they weren't playing like they did against us in Pecos," Chavez said.

Monahans improved to 8-0 in district and still has not lost a game in any of their 18 matches since the current district alignment was put together last year. The Loboes are 32-5 on the season. Pecos falls to 6-2 in district and 14-15 for the season going into their final home match on the season Saturday evening against Fort Stockton. A win over the Prowlers would assure the Eagles of at least a playoff for second place against Greenwood, who host Pecos next Tuesday to close out regular season play.

Monahans also won Tuesday's junior varsity match, 25-15, 25-20, while Pecos' freshmen came away with a three-game victory over the Loboes. No score was available for the ninth graders' match.

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