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Thursday, August 23, 2001

Eagles face Ft. Stockton, Burges in tennis openers

The Pecos Eagles tennis team will start their fall 2001 season against the team they ended their fall 2000 season against, when they begin play on Saturday with the dual meet against the El Paso Burges Mustangs and Fort Stockton Panthers.

Pecos will play Burges and Fort Stockton in Fort Stockton beginning at 9 a.m., the first of their 11 team matches scheduled between now and the District 2-4A Team Tournament, which will be held on Oct. 20 in Monahans. The tournament was scheduled to take place in Pecos, but repairs to the Pecos High School courts scheduled for this fall won't be completed in time, coach Mike Ortiz said.

Pecos has finished second to Clint the past two seasons at the district tournament, and will play the Lions in San Elizario the week before this year's 2-4A tourney. They open district on Sept. 29 at home against Fabens, which is the last of their three home matches during the fall season. They'll also face them in Monahans on Sept. 8, in a triangular meet with the Wildcats and the Loboes.

The Eagles will actually play more matches in Monahans this fall season then they will in Pecos _ they'll meet the Loboes there twice in pre-district play, along with their match against Fabens and the 2-4A tournament. Pecos also has a Sept. 20 home match against Monahans and will face Fort Stockton three times in pre-district play, including Saturday's triangular meet against the Panthers and Mustangs.

"They're the team that beat us in regionals a year ago," Ortiz said, as the Eagles lost to Burges in Wichita Falls by a 10-9 score. Pecos returns almost all of their players from last season, when they won all three of their regular district matches before losing to Clint in the 2-4A tournament.

Eagles start Cantaloupe play Friday

The Pecos Eagles volleyball team will be trying to straighten things out after a rough opening 10 days of the 2001 volleyball season, as well as defend their 2000 title at the Cantaloupe Classic Volleyball Tournament, which begins play in the varsity division on Friday morning.

The 2-8 Eagles will begin play at 8 a.m. against the El Paso Parkland Matadors, and will also face Marfa, Kermit and Fort Hancock in their pool matches on Saturday. Coach Becky Granado said the Eagles were also originally scheduled to face San Elizario in pool play, but their district rivals dropped out of the tournament, forcing her to change up the bracket at the last minute.

There are a total of 11 teams entered in the tournament, with last year's runner-up, Seminole, in Pool II along with the Eagles' district rival, Fabens, El Paso Riverside, Anthony, Presidio and Van Horn.

The Eagles rallied to defeat Seminole to win the tournament title last season, but have had problems so far in 2001. They're 2-8 on the season, with the only wins coming last Friday against Kermit and Van Horn at the Monahans Sandhills Tournament.

After facing Parkland, the Eagles will play at 10:30 a.m. against Fort Hancock, which won first place at the Wink Tournament this past weekend. They'll take on Marfa at 3 p.m. and will face Kermit at 4:20 p.m.

The top four teams in both brackets will advance to the championship quarterfinals on Saturday, while the consolation semifinals for the fifth place team will start at 8 a.m. on Saturday.

Pecos' freshmen will begin pool play this afternoon in their own division of the tournament. They'll play Fort Stockton's ninth graders at 4:30 p.m., Wink at 5:30 p.m. and Crane's `B' team at 6:30 p.m. at the new PHS gym. The junior varsity will play their pool matches in the old gym on Friday, at 8 a.m. against Presidio, 12 noon against Andrews and 4 p.m. versus Odessa Permian.

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