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Monday, October 9, 2000
Eagles sweep Lions, regain tie for first
PECOS, Oct. 9, 2000 -- This time, the Pecos Eagles didn't have to worry
about a third game against the Clint Lions, because they never let it get
The Eagles, who won a three-game match in non-district play over
Clint, then lost in three games to the Lions at home last month, never let
Clint get a lead Saturday in the opening game on the Lions' home court,
as they survived a series of comeback efforts to win 15-12. Pecos
then dominated the second game the same way they had in the previous
two matches, scoring nine straight points with Ashley Salcido serving to go
on to a 15-3 victory.
Coach Becky Granado said the Lions put Collanne Bramblett
and Michelle Tullius on the back line to match up with Philly Fobbs,
and Salcido was able to take advantage with her serves.
"We picked on Bramblett and Tullius. They had a hard time
picking up the ball," she said. "In the
second game Ashley got back there to serve and was just taking turns with one
or the other.
"They had a tough time receiving serves," said Granado, who added
the Eagles also did well on offense against the Lions, with Fobbs
leading all hitters with 10 kills on the afternoon.
"We didn't have to play much defense. Once we blocked them,
they did the same thing as they did last time. They started dinking the
ball, but this time our back line kids were there."
In the opening game, Clint rallied from 3-0 and 5-3 deficits to tie,
and then cut 8-5, 11-7 and 14-9 leads to 8-7, 11-9 and 14-12.
"We had a couple of mental mistakes and broke our own
serves," said Granado. She said Alexa Marquez took advantage of Tullius
and Bramblett on the back line after a time-out, which helped the
Eagles widen their two-point lead to 14-9 before Clint's final rally.
The win, coupled with El Paso Mountain View's victory over
San Elizario on Saturday, ties the Eagles, Lions and Lobos for first in District
2-4A, all with 4-2 records. Pecos will be at home Tuesday night to host
Fabens, then goes to Canutillo next Saturday.
Eagles down Lobos in tennis home opener
By JON FULBRIGHT
PECOS, Oct. 9, 2000 -- A month and a half into the season, the Pecos Eagles
finally got to play their varsity tennis home opener for the 2000 season
on Saturday, and the Eagles were able to improve their District 2-4A record
to 2-0 with a 16-3 win over the El Paso Mountain View Lobos.
"It was a good match. It took a while for the kids to adjust to
the temperature change," said Eagles' coach Bernadette Ornelas.
The match started at 10 a.m., three hours ahead of schedule, due to this
being Mountain View's homecoming weekend, and both teams had to
deal with temperatures in the mid-40s, which didn't warm up
much throughout the match.
Pecos' girls won all nine of their matches on the day, while the boys
won two of their three doubles matches and four of six singles matches.
"We only had one split set match on the girls' side, so we're
playing more consistently," said Ornelas, who added the one doubles loss
the Eagles did suffer, by Trent Graham and Jay Dannelley, was a
Orlando Mendoza and Stephen Lamb won both their singles
and doubles matches Saturday on the boys' side, while for the girls
Rebecca Wein, Brenda Fuentes, Kristina Dominguez, Priscilla Levario
and Elizabeth Carreon were both singles and doubles winners.
Pecos won one other match, in mixed doubles, by default, Ornelas said.
The Eagles will be at home again on Saturday, to face Clint,
which defeated Pecos last season to take the District 2-4A title. "Mountain
View played Clint and Clint beat them 13-5, so I'm hoping we can do well
against them," Ornelas said.
EP Mountain View (3) at Pecos (16)
Trent Graham defeated Omar Rodriguez, 6-1, 4-6, 6-2; Jay Dannelley
defeated Gabriel Morales, 7-5, 6-4; Orlando Mendoza defeated Larry Arroyo, 4-6,
6-3, 6-3; Stephen Lamb defeated Robert Rodriguez, 6-0, 6-0; Allen Almunia
lost to Jose Acevedo, 1-6, 7-5, 7-5; Albert Rodriguez lost to Manny Garcia, 6-0,
Rebecca Wein defeated Cynthia Falcon, 6-3, 6-2; Brenda Fuentes
defeated Natasha Gonzales, 6-0, 6-2; Kristina Dominguez defeated
Tawnee Buckingham, 6-2, 6-2; Priscilla Levario defeated Lupe Gonzales 6-0,
6-1; Elizabeth Carreon defeated Yvette Reyes, 6-1, 6-3; Whitney Lamb
defeated Angela Rodriguez, 6-0, 7-5.
Graham and Dannelley lost to Rodriguez and Arroyo, 6-4, 4-6, 7-6
(7-5); Mendoza and Lamb defeated Morales and Garcia, 6-4, 6-2; Phillip Salcido
and Michael Orona defeated Rodriguez and Acevedo, 6-1, 6-3.
Wein and Fuentes defeated N. Gonzales and Buckingham, 6-2, 6-2;
Natalia Ornelas and Dominguez defeated L. Gonzales and Rodriguez, 6-1,
6-0; Carreon and Levario defeated Falcon and Reyes, 4-6, 6-2, 6-2.
W. Lamb and Almunia won by default.
Serve problems hamper Bears
By JON FULBRIGHT
BALMORHEA, Oct. 9, 2000 -- Serves and service receptions were the undoing
of the Balmorhea Bears volleyball team on Saturday, as they dropped a 15-2,
15-11 decision at home to the Wink Wildcats.
The Bears had all kinds of problems handling Wink's serves
in the opening game, as t her Wildcats closed out the match with 10
straight points. In the second game, the Bears' service receptions and
their offense improved, but they missed too many chances due to serves
that ended up in the net.
"That's the story of our season," said coach Gary Gallego.
"We've spent a lot of time on serves and a
lot of time of service receptions, but we have a lot of little bad habits that
are tough to break."
The serving problem really hurt the Bears near the beginning of
Game 2 when they were tied with the Wildcats at 3-all. "I counted
four straight (serves) into the net, one after we had scored and three
more after we broke serve," said Gallego. "You can't give them
good opportunities like that, especially a good team like Wink."
The Wildcats would take advantage of the Bears' problems
to go out to a 10-3 lead before Balmorhea staged a
comeback, eventually cutting the margin to 10-8 on a Celina Rodriguez kill. But
the Wildcats then broke serve and got hits from Kelly Benham and
Mallory Bryan as part of a four-point run that got the Wildcats to match point.
Balmorhea was able to hold off Wink for almost a full rotation,
and cut the lead to 14-11 on a couple of bad hits by Bryan and a
Rodriguez spike, but saw the Wildcats finally win on a bad back line hit by
"I told Celina to just start hitting the ball instead of finessing
it," Gallego said of his senior's late-game success. "She's capable
of being a really good hitter alongside anyone in the area."
The loss left Balmorhea at 0-2 in district while Wink improved
its record to 2-0. The Bears close out the first half of their district
schedule on Tuesday with a trip to Buena Vista.
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