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Tuesday, July 20, 2004

Dominguez honored with Coach of the Year in volleyball

Monahans Loboes’ head volleyball coach Patty Dominguez was honored earlier this month as the Coach of the Year in volleyball for 2003-04, at the Texas Girls’ Coaches Association All-Star banquet.

Acosta is the daughter of Erasmo and Suzie Acosta of Pecos, and played for the Pecos Eagles under her aunt, Nora Geron, from 1981-83. She’s later served as a assistant coach for the Eagles under Geron and been the head coach of Monahans for the past seven seasons, advancing to the Class 3A state finals last November before falling to Wimberly.

“The committee met back in November to select the All-State team, and the (coaching) nominees were selected at that point,” Dominguez said. “I received a letter a couple of weeks ago I was nominated for the small school award.”

Dominguez’ award covered Classes A through 3A. She said former Seminole coach Kirby Jamison, now at San Antonio Choate, won the award for the Class 4A and 5A schools.

“I’m very excited. It’s a great honor,” said Dominguez. “We were just honored to get a letter, much less the award.”

She credited the work of her assistants, Becky Hix and Becky Melius, during the past season, when Monahans won the District 4-3A title and then took the Region I-3A championship.

“Becky Hix was down there for the All-Star game. We had one player, Laura Crumrine, in there, so she was down,” Dominguez said. “She and Becky Melius were there with me and they allowed us to do our jobs. I couldn’t have won it without us.”

Monahans’ state trip was their first in eight years. The Loboes graduated Crumrine, but return District 4-3A Most Valuable Player Brittany Hughes and five other players, and will be favored to win the title in the new District 3-3A, which for the next two seasons in volleyball will only include the Loboes, Pecos, Fort Stockton and Presidio.

“We’ve got six coming back, and three were on the court consistently, so I’ve got a good base too build on,” she said.

Lamesa and Seminole, both traditional volleyball powers, are joining District 3-3A in other sports, but due to the lack of Class 3A teams in the South Plains with volleyball programs, Seminole will compete in District 2-3A and Lamesa as a member of District 4-3A in volleyball for the next two seasons. The moves will help eliminate bye games for teams after the bi-district round of the playoffs.

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