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The Loboes, who beat Pecos at home last month, downed the Eagles by a
13-5 score on the varsity level, and a 17-5 overall margin in matches
played at the Pecos High School tennis courts. The Eagles won the top
three seeds out of six boys singles matches play, and went 2-1 in
doubles play on the boys' side, but Monahans' big advantage in girls
play again proved to be the difference.
"They've got a solid girls' team, but as for us, we just have to prepare
our mental game for Saturday's match against Andrews," Eagles' coach
Bernadette Ornelas said.
Jonathan Fuentes, Mark Marquez and Tye Graham were all winners in
singles and doubles play Tuesday. Marquez and Fuentes downed Justin
Yates and Drew Skinner in doubles, 6-4, 6-2, while Fuentes bat Yates,
6-3, 6-2 and Marquez defeated Kyle Clemmer, 6-3, 6-1, in their singles
matches. Graham scored a 7-5, 6-3 win over Jeremy Reyes, and teamed with
Jeff Lam for a 6-, 7-5 victory over Reyes and Clemmer.
On the girls' side, the closest singles match on the varsity (Top 6)
level was a 6-3, 6-1 (7-4) loss by Nichi Danelly to Christina Wilbur,
while No. 7 seed Salem Mitchell fell to Maria Villezcas, 6-2, 6-2. In
doubles play, Dannelly and Randa Taylor fell to Wilbur and Lecia Baker
by 7-5, 6-3 scores.
Saturday's 11 a.m. district opener will be the last of a string of four
straight matches at home, as the Eagles seek their first win in three
years over the Mustangs, last year's 4-4A runner-up. "I just told the
kids let's get ready mentally, so we can play an aggressive game
Saturday," Ornelas said.
Jonathan Fuentes defeated Justin Yates, 6-3, 6-2; Mark Marquez defeated
Kyle Clemmer, 6-3, 6-1; Tye Graham defeated Jeremy Reyes, 7-5, 6-3; Jeff
Lam lost to Paul Villarreal, 2-6, 6-2, 6-3; Allen Fleming lost to Drew
Skinner, 6-1, 6-2; David Lam lost to Robert Wilbur, 6-1, 6-0.
Randa Taylor lost to Joanna Cupp, 6-1, 6-0; Teresa Minjarez lost to
Lecia Baker, 6-1, 6-0; Nichi Dannelly lost to Christina Wilbur, 6-3,
6-1, 7-5; Erin Dominguez lost to Megan Shawn, 6-1, 6-1; Vanessa Miranda
lost to Sandra Molinar, 6-1, 6-0; Rachel Pharoah lost to Melinda
Covensky, 6-1, 6-1; Salem Mitchell lost to Maria Villezcas, 6-2, 6-2;
Lorrie Minjarez lost to Casey Gatzki, 8-2.
Fuentes and Marquez defeated Yates and Skinner, 6-4, 6-2; Graham and J.
Lam defeated Reyes and Clemmer, 6-2, 7-5; Fleming and D. Lam lost to
Villarreal and Wilbur, 6-0, 6-2.
Taylor and Dannelly lost to Baker and Wilbur, 7-5, 6-3; T. Minjarez and
Miranda lost to Cupp and Covensky, 6-1, 6-0; Dominguez and Pharoah lost
to Shawn and Molinar, 6-0, 6-1; Pharoah and Mitchell lost to Villezcas
and Gatzki, 6-0, 7-5; Tiffany Jarrett and Lisa Orona lost to Gatzki and Villezcas, 6-0, 6-0.
Colorado City replaced OHS on the Eagles' schedule, and Pecos came away
with a 15-9, 15-5 victory. They also scored a two-game win over Water
Valley, by 15-10, 15-4 scores.
"We looked better. We're starting to talk more and we know where we're
supposed to be going," said Eagles' coach Becky Granado, whose team
improved to 10-6 on the season. "Our defense was excellent against
Colorado City. Everything they hit we picked up."
The Eagles had an 8-0 run with Monique Levario serving against Water
Valley, then came back after the Wildcats scored five straight points.
"In our two matches I kept preaching to them that they need to learn how
to finish people off, and I think we're getting there."
Granado said Pecos looked better on offense as well. Lori Marquez had
six kills, Ivy Thorp had three and Gail Taylor two in the win over
Colorado City, whom the Eagles had defeated in pool round play at
Seminole last Friday.
"Our blocking is also coming around. I changed the lineup so we had
Sherrie (Mosby) Lori and Shirhonda (Bell) up there at the same time, and
we looked tough," the Eagles' coach added.
The Bronchos also won their matches over the Wolves and Wildcats on
Tuesday. Pecos' junior varsity, also swept their matches Tuesday,
beating Water Valley, 15-1, 15-3 and Colorado City, 15-11, 15-8. Pecos'
freshman gold team, meanwhile, split their two matches, beating Colorado
City, 1-15, 15-0, 15-12, while losing to Odessa High's sophomores, 15-4,
The Eagles will have another dual meet, their final before District 4-4A
play opens, on Saturday at Greenwood against the Rangerettes and San Angelo Central.
That's the way Dallas Cowboys coach Barry Switzer sees next Monday
night's meeting with the Phildelphia Eagles.
The Dallas coach, mindful of last season's sorry September that put the
Cowboys in a 1-3 hole, said Tuesday, ``We've got to have this one.''
Switzer's observation came after his team blew a 15-point lead Sunday
night to lose 25-22 in overtime to the Arizona Cardinals, leveling the
Cowboys' record at 1-1.
``Our goal is the homefield advantage,'' Switzer said. ``This is a must
win. Our fate was determined in September last year.''
Dallas finished 10-6 last year, winning a fifth consecutive NFC East
title, but entered the playoffs without a bye. The Cowboys beat
Minnesota 40-15 at home in the wild-card game, then tumbled 26-17 to
Carolina on the road.
Puzzling Switzer is the Cowboys' complete turnaround from Game 1, when
they opened with a 37-7 thumping of Pittsburgh.
``We went from the castle to the privy,'' Switzer said. ``This is an
important game for us, and they (the Eagles) are a dangerous opponent.''
The two teams split their divisional series last year, with Dallas
winning 23-19 at Philadelphia and the Eagles winning 31-21 at Texas
Switzer said underlining the importance of the Eagles' visit is the
``It's our first home game and a division game,'' Switzer said. ``Our
opponent is one who has a chance to win the division along, with the
Washington Redskins. Anyone can beat anyone. ''
The Cowboys were early eight-point favorites over the Eagles, who have
lost nine of their last 11 games to Dallas.
The Dallas offense collapsed in the second half against the Cardinals.
Sorely missed was wide receiver Anthony Miller, who played only two
downs before he was sidelined by a tight hamstring.
Miller was working out in sweats Tuesday at Valley Ranch, even though
the Cowboys had the day off.
``It's going to be a day-to-day thing with him,'' Switzer said. ``If he
had a true pulled hamstring, I could tell you when he might play. But
this thing just tightens up on him. He's a Pro Bowl player and has been
playing in this league for years, so he knows his body better than
Miller, who caught a touchdown pass against Pittsburgh in the opener,
helps stretch the defense and take the heat off Michael Irvin.
If Miller can't play, Billy Davis will.
``Billy is the third receiver and didn't get that much practice time
last week,'' Switzer said. ``He will this week.''
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