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for Pecos Country of West Texas
Wednesday, September 29, 1999
Eagles fall in early hole following win by Lions
By JON FULBRIGHT
PECOS, Sept. 29, 1999 -- District 2-4A home openers just don't seem
to work out very well for the Pecos Eagles. But unlike last year, Tuesday's
loss to the Clint Lions may be far more costly for the Eagles by the time
the season is over.
Just as they did a year ago, the Eagles lost at home to a district team
they had beaten in tournament play earlier in the season. This time, Clint
rallied from a 15-10 opening loss to beat Pecos, 15-12, 15-13 to remain
unbeaten in district play with a 3-0 record.
"We deserve to lose, because that's the way we've been practicing,"
an unhappy coach Becky Granado said.
Pecos overcame last season's loss to win their final nine 2-4A matches
and claim the district title. But unlike a year ago, when the Eagles and
Fabens Wildcats were pretty much even on offense, Clint hit the ball much
better than Pecos and had more players contributing to the attack from
both the middle and outside.
"It's going to be tough to beat them over there," Granado said following
the loss. "I don't know if this is going to wake them up or not."
Pecos was able to beat Clint last month in Monahans even though they
were out-hit, mainly because the Eagles made fewer overall mistakes than
the Lions did. However, on Tuesday, the Lions cut down on their serve mistakes
after the first game, while the Eagles had more problems passing the ball,
both off Clint serves and spike attempts.
"We just don't want to move for the ball. They're just happy standing
there," the Eagles' coach said. "I think they thought because we beat them
in Monahans it was going to be easy."
The Eagles got a few early kills from Alexa Marquez, while Ashley Salcido
had some spikes in Game 3. But their No. 1 hitter, Philonicus Fobbs, struggled
in the second and third games, while the Eagles had even more problems
handling Collanne Bramblett while Fobbs was on the back line.
Bramblett led two comebacks in Game 1, cutting a 5-0 deficit to 6-5
and an 11-6 Eagle lead to 12-10. Pecos was able to win that game when Fobbs
got back up to the front line and broke serve, and then she and Marquez
scored off kills around a missed tip by Bramblett.
But in Game 2 after Bramblett brought the Lions back from a 7-3 deficit
Clint tied the game off a kill by Naomi Luna, and went ahead on a block
of Fobbs by Michelle Tullius. They wood go up by a 13-9 score off a Polly
Wagner kill before the Eagles staged a brief rally, cutting the lead to
13-12 off a Salcido kill and two errors by the Lions.
But Clint was able to break serve, then won the game off a serve by
Denise Duran and another Wagner spike.
Neither team had more than a two-point lead in Game 3. Pecos led by
a 7-5 score after a Fobbs block of Luna but then saw Clint rally for 8-7,
9-8 and 10-9 leads. Pecos would tie the score then go up 12-10 on a block
of Bramblett by Fobbs and an error by Tullius, but the Eagles' couldn't
generate any attack after that.
A Bramblett kill and a missed tip by Fobbs tied the game, and kills
by Duran and Bramblett got the Lions to match point. Bramblett missed a
chance to win the match, missing on an overset kill attempt, and she and
Luna then collided to get Pecos to within one. But a Fobbs serve then went
over the back line and Clint won when Marquez' kill attempt went into the
"I talked to them about where to go on defense and they still don't
want to go," Granado said, referring to Pecos being caught out of position
on several kills. "In practice, we're just dragging, and they paid the
Clint upped its record to 12-3 on the season, while Pecos fell to 12-9
and 1-1 in district, going into Saturday's match at Canutillo.
Pecos did win Tuesday's junior varsity and freshman matches, with the
JV taking a 15-13, 15-12 decision, while the ninth graders beat Clint,
15-6, 4-15, 15-13.
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