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The Eagles outscored Wink and Grandfalls on Friday, then did the same to Marathon and Odessa Permian on Saturday, as they prepare for their 1997 season openers on Tuesday.
"The first 40 minutes we were just out there, but in the second 40 minutes we played better," Granado said following Saturday's matches. "We played much better against Permian the second time around."
"We weren't getting off the net and we were not covering on blocks, but defensively, we looked better the second time around than the first," she added.
"I gave them a talk about being team players instead of individual players. Right now, we're working on some little things to try and get it where we need it," Granado said.
The Eagles didn't have the hardest kills of the day against the taller Panthers or Wildcats, but they had far fewer bad hits and unforced errors on offense than in the early part of last season.
"I'm hoping they'll understand that if the sets are not there they can't try and kill the ball. We've been doing a lot of drills where they have to think about what they have to do, and I'm hoping that's going to help them," said Granado, who used LaCrisha Molinar as her main setter during the scrimmages, filling the spot left open this season by graduation.
Play opens for the Eagles at home Tuesday, when they face Odessa High and Alpine starting at 4:30 p.m. The Eagles then go to Odessa for the Ector County ISD Tournament, and will face Midland High, Wink and El Paso Austin in pool round play.
The source said no agreements have been made yet - even verbally - to move the camp to El Paso, and the the team expects to train at St. Edward's University in Austin at least one more year.
``El Paso is a strong possibility in two years,'' said the source, who asked not to be identified. ``(But) it's a virtual certainty we're going to be back in Austin next year.''
Dallas owner Jerry Jones and St. Edward's officials have agreed to announce their intentions for next year in mid-October.
``We have not heard anything about next year yet,'' said John Lucas, the vice president for student affairs at St. Edward's.
``I don't believe the Cowboys are actively looking for another place. I don't base that on anything definitive. I always think that Jerry is going to sit and listen to anyone's proposal.''
Dallas Cowboys spokesman Rich Dalrymple said Sunday that this summer's camp in Austin ``is the best camp we've had.''
``We've been very happy at St. Edward's. Nothing's changed about our feelings toward being in Austin, and we wouldn't get into speculation about future plans. This is not the time to discuss those decisions,'' Dalrymple said.
However, Jones has been working to build the team's fan base in El Paso and Mexico amid rumors that the NFL might someday expand south of the border.
Jones has held Cowboys scrimmages in El Paso the past two years and said the team might have a week of training camp there next year.
A scrimmage in El Paso's Sun Bowl against the Houston Oilers in 1996 drew 50,000 people - the first event ever to sell out the Sun Bowl. A scrimmage in El Paso against the San Diego Chargers this year drew 42,000.
The team will play in the NFL's American Bowl preseason game in Mexico City next August. The opponent has not yet been announced.
El Paso Chamber of Commerce officials have been discussing plans to line up private investors to build a resort that would include hotel-type accommodations and facilities that the team could use to train. Three possible locations have been identified in the El Paso area.
``The chamber has been interested in pursuing that plan,'' said El Paso Chamber of Commerce president Wes Jurey. ``It would serve as a tourist attracter and we certainly shared with the Cowboys our desire to develop that facility and the role they might play in training at that facility.
``It would probably take two years to get the kind of facilities we are talking about,'' Jurey added. ``The feasibility studies have been completed. This is something we have and will continue to pursue regardless of what the Cowboys choose to do.'' Jurey added that El Paso officials and Jones have made no agreements.
Persons wishing to buy tickets for the Eagles' five home games should go to the Pecos-Barstow-Toyah school business office, 1302 S. Park St., weekdays between 8:15 a.m. and 12 noon and from 1 to 4:15 p.m. to renew their tickets. Season tickets are $25 apiece.
Individual tickets can be bought for $5 each until 12 noon the week of each home game.
Home games this season are Sept. 5, Lamesa; Oct. 3, Kermit (homecoming); Oct. 10, Big Spring; Oct. 24, Sweetwater; and Nov. 31, San Angelo. Pecos' road games this season are on Sept. 12 at Alpine; Sept. 19 at Monahans; Sept. 26 at Fabens; Oct. 17 at Andrews and Nov. 7 at Fort Stockton. Starting times for all games this season is 7:30 p.m. local time.
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