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Wednesday, October 29, 2003

Eagles unable to clinch 2nd, await playoff

The comebacks fell short on Tuesday, and so the Pecos Eagles' volleyball team will now have to come back and play the Greenwood Rangerettes again on Saturday to decide second place in the District 4-3A standings.

The Eagles, who had a chance to clinch second place outright with a victory at Greenwood on Tuesday, lost their first two games to the Rangerettes, 25-20 and 25-13. Pecos came back to win Game 3 by a 25-19 score, but then fell behind early in Game 4, and saw a late rally fall short, as the Rangerettes clinched the match with a 25-23 win.

That left both teams with 7-3 record in district, forcing a playoff to decide second place. The winner will face Seminole in the bi-district round of the Class 3A playoffs, while the loser will take on Lamesa in the opening round, probably next Tuesday night.

"We're going to try and play the playoff game Saturday in Monahans," said Eagles' coach Becky Granado. "It's not yet determined, because we need to see if we'll be able to use the Monahans gym on Saturday. Hopefully, we'll know by this afternoon."

Greenwood had rallied in the teams' first meeting after losing the first and third games to come close to winning in Pecos, before the Eagles staged a rally of their own to pull out a five-game victory. On Tuesday, the Eagles were the ones trying to come back, but Granado said they fell too far behind in the fourth game.

"The score was 24-14 before we came back. We made a comeback, but once you let them get to 24 you've got to play errorless ball in order to win," she said. "In the third and fourth games we played much better, but we looked out of synch before that."

"We weren't mentally into it, especially in the second game," Granado said. "I don't know if we were just taking it for granted, but Greenwood always plays us tough in their building. We got ourselves in a hole and couldn't get out of it.

"We hit a lot of balls into the net, which was unusual, and we were having a lot of trouble passing the ball. In the second game we came out flat and gave up 10 straight points, so in that game we were pretty much out of it," she said.

The loss dropped Pecos' season record to 15-16, while Greenwood improved to 18-20 on the year. Greenwood also won the final regular season matches on Tuesday for the Eagles' freshman and junior varsity teams.

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