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Wednesday, October 2, 1996

Mishandled serves costly for Eagles

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PECOS, Oct. 2 -- The play at the net was better for the Pecos Eagles
Tuesday night, in their final non-district match of the season, but
problems handling serves sent the Eagles down to defeat against the
Seminole Maidens.

Playing in Kermit, the Maidens won a hard fought 17-15 opening game,
before the Eagles came back for a 15-7 second game victory. Then in the
third game, the Maidens turned a 6-3 lead into a 13-3 advantage, then
went on to post a 15-6 victory.

"They started acing us right there," Eagles coach Nora Geron said of the
seven-point streak when her team was unable to break serve. "We had some
mental lapses about whose ball it was. It fell between Denise (Camarena)
and Ivy (Thorp) and we started falling apart."

Geron said the Eagles also missed eight serves on the night, five in the
opener, when they fought back from 8-3 and 10-5 deficits to take a 15-14
lead, only to see the Maidens break serve and score three straight
points for the victory.

Even with the loss to Seminole, which improved to 16-5 on the season,
Geron said there were some bright spots, going into Saturday's key
matchup at San Angelo Lake View. "We got some more rounded offense
tonight. Gail (Taylor) got some kills, Sherrie (Mosby) got some kills
and Ivy got some. They all got at least three each."

Mosby also had three single blocks in her second game as middle blocker,
while the other main blocker for the Eagles, Lori Marquez, had 10, while
connecting on 10 kills as well during the match.

"We looked better on our blocking last night. That's the best I've seen
us do on our blocking this season," Geron said.

The loss dropped Pecos to 10-13 on the season, though the Eagles did
move into a tie for the third District 4-4A playoff berth, thanks to
Fort Stockton's loss at Andrews.

The Mustangs took sole possession of second, while Lake View remained
unbeaten in 4-4A play, thanks to their victory at Big Spring. Saturday's
match with the Maidens closes out the first half of the district

Seminole also won Tuesday's junior varsity match, by 15-11, 15-6 scores,
while the Maidens beat the Eagles' freshman purple team, 15-10, 15-7.

Tuesday was also the final match for the Eagles during the current
six-weeks grading period, and Geron said she would be without hitter
LaCrisha Molinar for the second half of district play, though the junior
could return for the playoffs if Pecos advances to the bi-district round.

Geron said Pecos also lost one player of the junior varsity squad and
nine off the two freshman teams, though she said there are still 22
players available for the purple and gold squads.

Eagle swimmers start, finish earlier

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PECOS, Oct. 2 -- The Pecos Eagles swim team will be starting their
1996-97 season a little earlier this fall, and ending it a lot earlier
this winter, as the District 4 meet has been moved up a month from its
mid-Feburary time of previous years.

The normal time for the district meet will instead be the weekend of
the State Championships in Austin, where the Eagles will be hoping to
end up this year. But to begin with, Pecos will be looking to start
another District 4 title streak on the boys' side, while the girls will
hope to extend their current string another year.

The boys' streak of six consecutive district championships was ended in
Pecos last February by Big Spring, while the girls took their sixth
straight title, and this winter will be trying to match Monahans' string
of seven straight District 4 crowns, which the Eagles ended in 1991.

Unlike the other district sports, the Loboes will remain a district
rival of the Eagles in swimming, despite dropping down to Class 3A.
Seminole has competed in District 4 for years, due to the lack of 3A
swimming programs across West Texas.

Coach Terri Morse's team will open their season about two weeks earlier
than in the past, with a pair of triangular meets, on Oct. 17 at
Monahans and on Oct. 19 in Andrews.

One meet that won't change dates is the Pecos Invitational. It's been
the first major meet of the season for the Eagles in past years, and
will remain in mid-November (this year on Nov. 16). But due to the
schedule shift, it will be the third major meet for the Eagles, coming
after the Big Spring Invitational on Nov. 2, and the San Angelo
Invitational on Nov. 8-9.

The Eagles hosted last year's District 4 meet when Fort Stockton had
problems with their pool's filtration system. With that problem solved,
the Panthers are scheduled to host this year's meet, set for Jan. 25.
Regional competition will be on Feb. 7-8 at the Texas Tech Aquatic
Center in Lubbock.

Eagles `96-97 swim schedule

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(Home meets in bold type)

17 (Thur.) - Triangular Meet at Monahans -- 6 p.m.
19 (Sat.) - Triangular Meet at Andrews -- 1 p.m.

2 (Sat.) - at Big Spring Invit. -- 11 a.m.
8-9 (Fri.-Sat.) - at San Angelo Invitational -- 5 p.m./10 a.m.
16 (Sat.) - Pecos Invitational -- 10 a.m.
22-23 (Fri.-Sat.) - at Monahans Invit. -- 6 p.m./11 a.m.

6-7 (Fri.-Sat.) - at Odessa Invitational -- 5:30 p.m./10 a.m.
14 (Sat.) - at Seminole Invitational -- 12 noon

10-11 (Fri.-Sat.) - at Lubbock Inv. -- 6 p.m./10 a.m.
25 (Sat.) - Dist. 4 meet at Ft. Stockton -- Time TBA

7-8 (Fri.-Sat.) Region I meet at Lubbock -- Times TBA
21-22 (Fri.-Sat.) State meet at Austin -- Times TBA

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