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Monday, August 20, 2001

Pecos goes 2-4 at Sandhills Tournament

Things got a little better for the Pecos Eagles volleyball team over the weekend at the Sandhills Tournament in Monahans, even if they did end up winless on Saturday in the championship round of the tournament.

Pecos lost both their matches on Saturday, falling to Big Spring, 15-12, 15-9, in the tournament quarterfinals and then lost in the fifth place semifinal match to El Paso Jefferson by 14-16, 16-14, 15-9 scores.

"We played better. I think both times we had the lead, but then we just lost our concentration and lost our focus," said Eagles' coach Becky Granado. Pecos held 9-4 and 8-4 leads on Big Spring before falling apart at the finish, and had El Paso Jefferson at match point, 14-11, before the Silver Foxes rallied for five straight points to win Game 2, and then outscored Pecos at the end of Game 3 by a 7-2 margin to win.

Hitting remains a problem for Pecos _ the Eagles managed just 12 kills in Saturday's two matches, and no player had more than two in either match _ but Granado said, "Hitting is probably our big problem because of our passing. We're not out of position, but we just couldn't pass free balls to the target. We're just reaching for it or are standing up to pass, and it goes off our hands and to the side.

"That's what hurt us against Big Spring. They got three points in a row at the start off serves when we couldn't pass the ball to the target," she said.

Against Jefferson, Granado said, "We should have won. They really didn't do anything much, it was all our mental mistakes. We had eight missed serves in that match and there's no way we're going to win the match with that many missed serves."

On Friday, the Eagles split their four matches. They opened with a 15-6, 15-3 win over Kermit, then were blanked by Monahans, 15-0, 15-0, later in the morning. In the afternoon, Pecos beat Van Horn, 15-12, 7-15, 15-10, and then were beaten by Midland Trinity Christian, 15-7, 15-7.

"We look good in moments, but then we just lose our concentration, and when we do that, we just start making mistake after mistake," said Granado, who added sophomores Stephanie Herrera and Leslie Rodriguez to her lineup on Friday.

"I'm trying to put Stephanie in there to set, and she's doing a good job, but I just need to work with her. We just don't have the hitting this year, so the defense is going to have to pick it up."

Monahans ended up winning the tournament over Alpine, 7-15, 15-8, 15-8. Pecos' junior varsity, meanwhile, lost a tiebreaker with Monahans and Trinity Christian in pool play on Friday at the Sandhills, after all three finished with 4-2 marks, and then won the consolation title on Saturday. The freshmen went undefeated through their pool on Thursday and then finished second in the tournament, losing to Andrews in the finals.

The Eagles, who are now 2-6 on the season, will go to Midland on Tuesday to face the Lee Rebels and Snyder Tigers, before they play their home openers this coming Friday in the Cantaloupe Classic volleyball tournament.

Bears win opening scrimmage

The Balmorhea Bears came up with a shutout over the weekend in the first of their two pre-season scrimmages, as they blanked the Dell City Cougars five touchdowns to zero.

"We did real good. We still made mistakes, but that's normal, though," Bears' coach Ennis Erickson said. "The varsity scored five touchdowns and they didn't score any, so it went pretty well."

The Bears will face Dell City again in Balmorhea in October when District 8-A six man football play begins. This Saturday, Erickson said Balmorhea will travel to Lake Arthur, N.M. for their final preseason scrimmage match-up.

Pee Wee football deadline today

Today is the final day to sign up at the Reeves County Community Sports and Recreation Department for the Pecos Eagle Pee Wee Football league.

Parents of children who are in Grades 3-6 who want to participate in the football program can do so this afternoon at the recreation office in the old Pecos High School gym. The cost is $25 per child. Parents need to bring a birth certificate to the RCCRD office, and both parents' signatures will be needed on the registration form.

For more information call 447-9776.

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