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PECOS, Aug. 28 - It was a rough Tuesday for the Pecos Eagles in
Midland, as they were swept in a pair of volleyball matches by the Lee
Rebels and Snyder Tigers.
Snyder downed Pecos by 15-5, 15-10 scores, while the host Rebels took
out the Eagles by 15-8, 15-11 margins, dropping Pecos to 2-4 on the
"The first match we weren't even in it," said Eagles' coach Nora Geron.
"In the second match I changed setters and we adjusted during the first
game and in the second game we came back and played real pretty ball at
"They (Lee) had us down 14-6 and we started coming back. We got to
14-11, and then made a very bad mental error, and they aced us on point
15," Geron said.
"We're still learning. We're still trying to find the right
combinations, and our chemistry is not there yet. I'm still trying to
see who is going to blend together," she said. "We came closer in the
second game to togetherness than at any time this year. I still see some
rusty spots, but we almost have got the right combination."
Geron said the team played their best with Denise Camarena in the
setter's position on Tuesday. "We looked better both on offense and
defense with Denise in there, even though she wasn't `setting' setting
(using her hands), she was bump setting (with her fists)," the Eagles'
In the loss to Snyder the Eagles had the same problem as in their
scrimmage two weeks ago with the Tigers, serve receptions. "A lot of the
points they got were on serve receptions. One girl served 10 or 11
points on us due to serve reception errors.
Geron also said she used juniors Ivy Thorp and Shirhonda Bell on the
back line for the first time on Tuesday, while looking for improvement
in handling serves. Both also played up front and had a couple of kills,
as did juniors Lori Marquez and Gail Taylor and sophomore Sherrie Mosby.
Pecos' junior varsity, meanwhile, split their matches in Midland on
Tuesday, losing to Snyder while defeating Midland Lee. Pecos' freshman
had only one match on Tuesday, and lost to Lee's 10th grade squad.
The Eagles' ninth graders, 2-3, will be back in action on Thursday, in
the opening round of their own tournament, while Pecos' varsity and JV
begin play in the Cantaloupe Classic Friday morning.
Pecos' freshman purple team will face Alpine at 4:30 p.m., Fort
Stockton at 5;30 p.m. and Crane at 6:30 p.m. in the new gym in their
pool round games on Thursday, while the gold team takes on Andrews at
5:30 and Monahans at 6:30 p.m. in the new gym, then faces Greenwood at
7:30 p.m. in the old gym. Semifinals and consolation semis begin
Saturday morning at the Zavala Middle School gym.
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By DENNE H. FREEMAN
Then comes the punchline: ``I just hope the team will be there with
The long, hard march of the Dallas Cowboys' preseason is behind them,
and there was never a team happier to attend a three-hour kickoff
luncheon than the Super Bowl champions on Tuesday.
``We're finally over our Jerryworld adventure,'' Switzer said. ``We get
to play the games that count now, not just for the owners of the NFL.
Training camp in Austin is finally behind us. We got to see Mexico
twice. We played in Monterrey and got to see Juarez from a bus.''
As Switzer spoke, owner Jerry Jones just smiled. Besides the usual four
preseason games, the Cowboys played Kansas City in Monterrey, Mexico,
and met Houston in a scrimmage in El Paso before 52,000 fans. Then they
played the Oilers again, this time in Orlando, Fla.
```I still believe we are the team to beat,'' Switzer said. ``The
season is like running a marathon. Nobody cares who leads after six or
seven games. It's where you are at the end that matters. I believe we
will be in New Orleans in January.''
Emcee Dale Hansen, a Dallas broadcaster, joked that Switzer was on
dangerous ground criticizing the club's busy training camp schedule,
which Jones orchestrated.
``The last coach who made fun of the training camp in Austin ended up
in Miami,'' Hansen said, referring to Jimmy Johnson.
Jones refused to ``guarantee'' a Super Bowl win, a promise he made last
``I don't know what's going to happen when the bell tolls in November
and December,'' Jones said. ``But I have confidence. We have a lot of
the same players back who clinched the deal last December. We have the
opportunity to do something no team has ever done, and that's win four
Super Bowls in five years.''
The Cowboys unveiled their 1995 highlight film, which - besides showing
a cheering Jones on the sidelines five different times - focused on some
incredible catches made by Michael Irvin, who won't be available for the
first five games because of his NFL suspension.
``This team is not as talented as it was a year ago,'' Switzer said.
``We may be playing two seasons this year. A five-game season with Irvin
and another season with him. We'll be a much better team when Mike gets
(Copyright 1996 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
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