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Wednesday, August 15, 2001

Eagles fall to Bucks, Bronchos in openers

Staff Writer
It was a complete turnaround from last year's season openers for the Pecos Eagles, which was definitely not what coach Becky Granado wanted to have happen.

The Eagles, who swept Odessa High and Alpine in Odessa to start off the 2000 volleyball season, were swept by the Bucks and Bronchos Tuesday night at the OHS gym to begin the 2001 season.

Pecos dropped 15-5, 15-8 decisions to Alpine, then lost to Odessa High by 15-2, 15-8 scores, as Granado said the Eagles could generate little on offense Tuesday night.

"We just really couldn't get anything going. We don't have any hitting power, and were just trying to tap the ball over," she said. "Defensively I guess you could say was our bright spot, but offensively we just could not get anything going, and we missed about five serves in our game against Alpine and then about five more against Odessa High.

"We'd give up five points in a row against Alpine and then get the ball back and miss a serve and give up five more points," she said. "Our inexperience really showed last night."

Alpine pulled away from Pecos midway through both matches. The Eagles held leads of 4-3 and 5-4 in the two matches, but then saw the Bucks score the final seven points of the first game and the final six of the second game.

Against Odessa High, the Bronchos rolled off 12 straight points to open the first game, then scored five straight points in Game 2 to turn a 9-6 advantage into a 14-6 lead.

With two days of practice between Tuesday's losses and the start of the Sandhills Tournament in Monahans on Friday, Granado said she plans to make a couple of changes in hopes of improving the Eagles' offense.

"I'll have Tiana (Terry) starting at the middle and have Christina (Arenivas) opposite her," she said. "I also moved a couple of sophomores, Leslie Rodriguez and Stephanie Herrera. Maybe they can help us as far as offense goes."

The Sandhills Tournament will have 10 teams in two pools, with Pecos facing Kermit in their opener at 8:30 a.m. and playing on and off during the day, finishing up against Trinity Christian at 6:30 p.m.

Pecos' sub-varsity teams fared better than the varsity squad did on Tuesday, as the freshmen swept their games from Odessa High and Alpine, while the junior varsity was edged by the Bucks and then defeated the Bronchos.

The ninth graders downed Alpine, 15-13, 15-11 and beat OHS 15-6, 15-5, while the JV lost to the Bucks 15-6, 11-15, 16-14, then downed the Bronchos, 11-15, 15-12, 15-0. The freshmen begin their tournament in Monahans on Thursday with a 3:30 p.m. pool game against Kermit, while the JV faces Kermit in their Sandhills opener at 9 a.m. on Friday.

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