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Wednesday, September 8, 1999

Eagles sweep Wildcats, Cranes

PECOS, Sept. 8, 1999 -- The Pecos Eagles were able to erase some of the memories of this past weekend's Seminole Invitational on Tuesday, as they got back over the .500 mark with a pair of victories in Crane.

The Eagles defeated Wink by 15-8, 18-16 scores, then went overtime again to sweep the host Cranes, by scores of 15-8, 16-14.

"We played a much better game," Eagles' coach Becky Granado said. "Both teams had us at game point at one time or another, and we hung in there. We did a much better job talking and moving."

The Eagles had only minor trouble in either of the first games on Tuesday. They needed just one full rotation to close out Wink after the Wildcats held an early 8-5 lead. Pecos scores six straight points with Amy Chabarria serving to close things out and scored five straight points with Dee Dee Molinar serving to finish off Crane in Game 1, after the Cranes cut a 10-5 deficit to 10-8.

The second game was a lot tougher both times. Wink led by as much as an 8-4 score early, before the Eagles rallied to take a 15-12 lead. However, the Wildcats staged their own rally had had game point at 15-14 and 16-15 before Pecos came back with three straight points to close out the match.

"We ran out of substitutions, but our players did a good job adjusting to new people who don't normally play the back line," Granado said. "I was proud of them. This time we did not give up."

Philonicus Fobbs had five kills and five blocks in the win over the Wildcats. She had less luck against Crane, but Ashley Salcido and Alexa Marquez had four kills apiece, while Salcido and Monica Meza each had a pair of aces against Crane. Meza also served out the final three points for Pecos, after the Eagles broke serve with Crane up 14-12.

"I think we intimidated them this time," said Granado, who felt her players were on the other end on Friday against Lubbock Coronado at Seminole. "When Philly was up there they had problems and our outside hitters surprised them. They weren't expecting them to hit it as hard as they did."

"Alexa had an excellent game. Overall it was totally different (from Seminole)," Granado said.

The Eagles improved to 7-6 on the season with their sweep and will go out of town again on Saturday to face Crane's district rival, Greenwood, in a single afternoon match. The Eagles and Rangerettes split a pair of pool round matches at the Cantaloupe Classic in Pecos two weeks ago, with Greenwood going on to win the tournament title.

Pecos' junior varsity and freshmen teams split their Tuesday matches, beating Wink while losing to Crane. The JV downed the Wildcats, 15-8, 15-11 and lost to the Cranes, 15-8, 15-12, while the ninth graders beat Wink, 6-15, 15-7, 15-4, and lost to Crane, 15-6, 15-4.

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