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Tuesday, October 8, 1996

Eagles in need of win over Mustangs tonight

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PECOS, Oct. 8 -- Three losses in their first five District 4-4A matches
have put the Pecos Eagles into an almost must-win situation tonight,
when they open the second half of district play at home against the
Andrews Mustangs.

Pecos faces Andrews in freshman, junior varsity and varsity matches at
5, 6 and 7:15 p.m., with the Eagles needing a victory to tie the
Mustangs for the third and final 4-4A playoff berth.

Pecos fell to 2-3 in district and 10-14 on the season on Saturday with a
15-13, 15-10 loss at district-leading San Angelo Lake View. But the
Eagles got help from an unexpected source, when Andrews lost to
previously-winless Big Spring, 5-15, 17-15, 15-10, to drop them to 3-2
in district, tied for second with Fort Stockton, which is idle tonight.

Last month in Andrews, the Eagles won the first game from the Mustangs,
15-8, then dropped the next two games by 15-3 scores in the district
opener for both teams. The Eagles had problems with their serves in that
loss, as they have in several other recent matches, and couldn't get the
ball past Mustangs blocker Kacee Connally in the final two games.

Pecos' serving was better in their Saturday loss to the Maidens, a match
in which Eagles coach Nora Geron also had to alter her lineup due to
grades and injury.

Geron had planned to used Shirhonda Bell and Veronica Carrasco in tandem
in one rotation, but said, "Shirhonda is out with a pulled groin muscle,
so Veronica played all the way around, and she did a good job for us."
The Eagles' coach added that Bell would miss tonight's contest as well,
but could return on Saturday, when the Eagles go to Sweetwater.

Bears seek district win over Wildcats

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PECOS, Oct. 8 -- The Balmorhea Bears will try be seeking their first
victory in three tries in District 7-A volleyball play tonight, when
they go to Wink for varsity, junior varsity and junior high matches
against the Wildcats.

Acting coach Abel Garcia said the Bears dropped their two opening
district matches to the Grandfalls Cowgirls and Buena Vista Longhorns.
On Sept. 26, the Bears lost to Grandfalls, 15-10, 15-0, then fell on
Oct. 1 in three games to Buena Vista, 11-15, 15-5, 15-5.

"We were playing pretty good against Grandfalls until we fell behind by
four points (in Game 1), then we got shut off," said Garcia of the
Grandfalls loss. Against Buena Vista, Garcia said both Amy and Cherry
Garcia had "a couple of kills," in the losing effort against the
three-time defending district champions.

Grandfalls and Buena Vista also won the junior varsity matchups against
the Bears, with the Cowgirls taking a pair of 15-6 games, while the
Longhorns won 15-8, 15-10. Balmorhea's junior high team did down Buena
Vista, by 15-8, 17-15 scores. Garcia said Maricella Arredondo had eight
points off serves, and Terri Hernandez also had eight points in the
junior high's victory.

Wink is 1-1 in district play, with a win over Buena Vista, also 1-1, and
a loss to Grandfalls, which leads with a 2-0 mark.

Pecos netters fall at Sweetwater, 11-7

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PECOS, Oct. 8 -- The Pecos Eagle boys were able to come out on top of
their nine matches in Sweetwater on Saturday against the Mustangs, but a
8-1 advantage on the girls' side gave Sweetwater an 11-7 victory over
the Eagles.

Playing without No. 1 singles seek Clifton Ikeler, the Eagles did lost
at No. 1 and No. 2 seed in singles play, as well as No. 1 doubles on the
boys' side, while sweeping the remaining six matches. However, on the
girls' side No. 6 seed Robyn Matthews managed the lone win of the day
for Pecos.

"They're probably a little bit below Big Spring," coach J.R. Torrez said
of Sweetwater's girls. "Andrews probably has the best girls' team, but
we should have done a lot better on the girls side. We should have won
at least three or four matches."

Mark Marquez, Tye Graham, Albert Lee and Jeff Lam were winners in
singles play for the Eagles, while Marquez and Jonathan Fuentes and
Graham and Skyler Bechtel teamed up for wins in doubles play.

Marquez and Graham had the toughest matches, with Marquez defeating Matt
Davis, 7-6, 6-4, while Graham outlasted Courtney Wilkinson, 4-6, 6-2,

The loss dropped Pecos to 3-6 on the season and 1-3 in District 4-4A
play going into the final match of the fall season, this Saturday in
Fort Stockton. "We're really going to look at this match as instead of
the end of the fall season as the beginning of the spring season,"
Torrez said. "I think this Saturday will tell a lot about the character
of our team."

Pecos (7) at Sweetwater (11)

Boys Singles
David Zuniga lost to Daniel Howard, 3-6, 6-1, 6-2; Jonathan Fuentes lost
to Brandon Hix, 6-4, 6-2; Mark Marquez defeated Matt Davis, 7-6, 6-4;
Tye Graham defeated Courtney Wilkinson, 4-6, 6-2, 7-6; Albert Lee
defeated Phillip Cole, 6-2, 6-2; Jeff Lam defeated Mark May 6-0, 6-2.

Girls Singles
Stephanie Armstrong lost to Sarah Pennington, 6-3, 6-3; Renea Rasberry
lost to Patricia Gilmore, 6-0, 6-1; Christi Breiten lost to Courtney
Hutson, 6-0, 6-1; Randa Taylor lost to Cantrell Lewis (no score
available); Nichi Dannelley lost to Rhonda Frizzell 6-0, 6-1; Roby
Matthews defeated Crystal Gunn, 6-3, 6-3.

Boys Doubles
Zuniga and Lee lost to Howard and Hix, 6-1, 6-1; Fuentes and Marquez
defeated Davis and Wilkinson, 6-4, 6-3; Skyler Bechtel and Graham
defeated Cole and May, 6-3, 6-0.

Girls Doubles
Armstrong and Breiten lost to Lewis and Pennington, 6-1, 6-0; Rasberry
and Taylor lost to Gilmore and Hutson, 6-3, 7-5; Stefanie Pharoah and
Dannelley lost to Frizzell and Gunn, 6-1, 6-0.

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