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Tuesday, August 14, 2001

Eagles start 2001 season in volleyball

The Pecos Eagles will be trying to make their 2001 season openers today as successful as their 2000 openers were a year ago, when they travel to Odessa to face the Alpine Bucks and Odessa High Bronchos in a dual meet at the OHS gym.

The Eagles will have a veteran back line this season, but a mostly new front line when they face the Bronchos and Bucks, the same two teams they've started the season against for the past six years.

Last season, the Eagles went to Odessa and swept the Bucks and Bronchos, beating Alpine, 15-11, 15-8, then defeating OHS by 15-4, 15-6 scores. Pecos went on to their fifth straight playoff appearance and won the District 2-4A title before falling to Canyon Randall in the area round of the playoffs, to finish with a 27-9 record.

The Eagles already have faced Odessa High, as they scrimmaged the Bronchos and three other teams on Saturday in Monahans. "They're about the same as we are. They don't have that much height. We don't have as much hitting power as they do, but I think we've got the stronger defense," Eagles' coach Becky Granado said.

Overall, Granado said the Eagles started strong in their scrimmages over the weekend, but then struggled at the finish of their matches in Pecos and Monahans.

Today's matches will be the first of at least five this week for Pecos. They'll be back in Monahans this Friday and Saturday for the Sandhills Tournament, then face Snyder and Midland Lee in Midland a week from today before hosting the Cantaloupe Classic to open their home schedule on Aug. 24-25.

Pecos' freshmen and junior varsity teams will also open their seasons against Alpine and OHS today, and will be entered in the Sandhills Tournament. The ninth graders will begin play on Thursday while the JV tournament starts on Friday.

Pecos' grid workout tonight

to include watermelon feed

A "Meet the Eagles" workout will be held tonight at Eagle Stadium, head coach Gary Grubbs said, with a watermelon feed to follow at the conclusion of the practice.

Grubbs said the workout will get underway about 7:30 p.m. and will include an intra-squad scrimmage. "It will be open to the public, if anyone wants to come out and meet the players and coaches," Grubbs said.

The Eagles travel to Carlsbad for their preseason scrimmage on Saturday at 11 a.m. CDT, and open their 2001 season at home on Aug. 31 against Kermit.

Pecos Eagle season ticket holders from last year have until Friday to reclaim their seats for the 2001 season, at the Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD business office, 1302 S. Park St., weekdays between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Season tickets are $25 apiece for all five home games. Season ticket holders will have until Aug. 17 to reclaim their seats from last season, while season tickets for new ticket holders will go on sale beginning on Aug. 20 at the P-B-T business office.

Along with the season opener, the other home games this season are Sept. 7 against Fort Stockton, Sept. 28 against Monahans, Oct. 19 against Clint and Nov. 9 against San Elizario. The final two games are District 2-4A contests. Homecoming this year will be against Monahans, and starting times for the non-district games will be 8 p.m., while starting times for the two district contests is 7:30 p.m.

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