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Wednesday, October 4, 2000 

Playoffs no sure thing for Eagles after loss

PECOS, Oct. 4, 2000 -- Pecos Eagle volleyball players and fans who were looking forward to  the playoffs at the end of October may be in for a rude surprise, as a  post-season berth is no longer as sure thing as it looked a couple of  weeks ago, following Tuesday night's 15-13, 3-15, 15-11 loss to the San  Elizario Eagles.

"Saturday's game was all for nothing. We worked so hard to get back into a tie for first, then we go back Tuesday and throw it away," said Eagles' coach Becky Granado. Pecos beat El Paso Mountain View to create a three-way tie for first on Saturday, but now find themselves in a three-way tie for second with the Loboes, San Elizario and Fabens after Tuesday's defeat.

San Elizario jumped out to an 8-0 lead in the opener, only to see Pecos come back to grab 12-10 and 13-12 leads before San Eli scored three straight points for the victory. Pecos ran away with Game 2, but in the third game blew a 11-10 lead, as the host Eagles scored five straight points to finish off the match.

In both cases, the critical points came while Pecos' Philly Fobbs was on the back line, and Granado said in order for Pecos to turn things around, one of her other hitters is going to have to come through over the final five district games.

"When Philly was up at the net last night we scored 30 points. When she goes to the back line, we only scored nine," Granado said. "All my other hitters had 35 attempts, and they had 11 kills, but they also had 11 errors. Philly by herself had 35 attempts and had 20 kills and only six errors."

Valerie Soto and Fran Martinez combined for 21 kills for San Elizario

"San Eli had more kills than Clint did in the first game, but after that they were just trying to go over Philly," said Granado, who added the loss was similar to their defeat at home two weeks earlier against Clint.

"It was the same as we played against Clint. We came out struggling in the first game, then came out in the second game and put them away and in the third game we just go back to struggling," she said. "In the third game we fell apart. We couldn't receive their serves."

"We had a very bad practice Monday, and I told them to go home, because what I'm seeing now is the way you'll play Tuesday night, and sure enough…" Granado added.

Pecos is 21-8 on the season and they, San Elizario and Mountain View are all 3-2 in district, thanks to Fabens' 15-10, 3-15, 15-11 win over the Lobos. The Wildcats are a game in back of the Eagles and Clint is now alone in first place, after their 15-10, 16-14 win on Tuesday over Canutillo.

Pecos could be as high as first place or as low as fifth place by this Saturday evening, when they begin the second half of the District 2-4A schedule with a 4:30 p.m. game in Clint against the Lions. San Elizario also won Tuesday's junior varsity game, while Pecos took the freshmen matchup, which began 90 minutes late when the officials failed to show up.

Cowgirls beat Bears in district opener

PECOS, Oct. 4, 2000 -- It may have been the best game the Balmorhea Bears volleyball  team has played in Grandfalls in a long time, but coach Gary Gallego  was hoping for something even better Tuesday, in the district opener  for both teams.

"I was hoping we could come out with a win," said Gallego of his team, which dropped a 15-11, 15-13 decision to the Cowgirls on Tuesday.

Grandfalls and Wink have dominated the Bears' district over the past several years, and have also been the running for state tournament berths, so Tuesday's game was a big improvement for Balmorhea compared with their most recent trips to Grandfalls. But Balmorhea was unable to hold onto a 7-0 lead in the first game and saw the Cowgirls pull away at the finish of the second game to get the victory.

"One of our problems all year has been trying to get a killer instinct into the girls," Gallego said. "We get an opponent down 7-0 and then we let them get back into it."

Grandfalls tied the game at 8-all, and were able to pull away at the finish. In the second game, it was Balmorhea that fell behind early, 3-0, before tying things at 3-3.

"There were six lead changes. It just went back and forth," said Gallego. The scored was tied at 13-13 with Balmorhea serving when Julia Garlick was called for a net violation while trying to spike an overset by Grandfalls. Balmorhea then hit their next kill out for fall behind 14-13 and then lost on an ace serve by the Cowgirls.

"Our kill rate was very poor. We only had 24 kills in 84 attempts," Gallego said. "We had the opportunities, but we just didn't put the ball down."

Celina Rodriguez led the Bears with 13 kills, while Garlick added four and had 18 digs. Terri Hernandez' eight assists topped Balmorhea while Tobi Gomez had three ace serves.

Gallego also said Chela Arredondo and Amber Briceno played good games for Balmorhea. Arredondo got all 11 of her serves in while Briceno added a pair of kills for the Bears, who are 11-7 on the season.

Balmorhea will play their district home opener this Saturday against Wink, which won its district opener over Buena Vista, 15-6, 15-3. Gallego said the game would be a 5 p.m. start, due to teacher training going on earlier in the day.

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