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Thursday, May 27, 2004

Volleyball play starts early, district starts late

The regular season starts a week earlier and the district season starts two weeks later for the Pecos Eagles’ volleyball team in 2004. Which means, as coach Becky Granado said, “We’ve got a lot of non-district games this season.”

The lack of Class 3A teams in the Texas Panhandle that play volleyball meant that in order to balance out the playoff brackets, the Eagles’ new District 3-3A will be split in half for volleyball the next two seasons. So instead of having six district teams playing volleyball, the Eagles will only have three district rivals - Monahans, Fort Stockton and Presidio - while Greenwood joins one of the two new district teams, Lamesa, with Snyder and Sweetwater. The other new district team in other sports, Seminole, will face Brownfield, Levelland and Lubbock Cooper in a third volleyball district.

All those small districts mean only one team will be eliminated from the playoffs once regular season ends. Meanwhile, the district schedule for Pecos won’t get underway until Oct. 5, when they host Fort Stockton. The district season will end on Oct. 26, with a trip to Monahans.

At the other end of the schedule, Pecos will begin preseason workouts on Aug. 2, hold their first scrimmage at home on Aug. 6, and open their regular season on Aug. 12 with a pair of matches in Wink against the Wildcats and Fort Davis Maidens. The Eagles will play their 2004 home openers a day later, when they host Alpine and Odessa High.

Pecos has several home matches scheduled for August, including the Cantaloupe Classic Tournament on Aug. 27-28. But their lone home match in September is on the 21st against Crane, one of three matches Granado said she was able to schedule to fill in the two week hole where district matches normally had been played in the past.

The other two matches are a home-and-home on consecutive Saturdays against Kermit, which is dropping down to Class 2A next season. Pecos also has a pair of pre-district matches at home and away against Van Horn, and will travel to Odessa and Alpine for dual meets in August after hosting the Bronchos and Bucks.

The Eagles’ freshmen and JV schedules pretty much match the varsity dates. The ninth graders will begin tournament play a day ahead of the varsity and JV in Monahans and Pecos in August, while the JV and freshmen will have a tournament at Fort Stockton on Sept. 10-11, a week after the varsity plays in the Seminole Invitational.

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