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Tuesday, August 6, 2002

Eagles getting extra practice before openers

Staff Writer

Pecos Eagles' volleyball coach Becky Granado is happy to have an extra week of preseason practice this year before the start of the 2002 schedule two weeks from today.

"It's been a while since we've had this, and its nice to be able to work with them for two weeks before we have to play," said Granado, whose team will be trying to advance to the playoffs for the seventh straight season this fall.

However, making the playoffs last season was a struggle for Pecos, and this season the Eagles figure to have tougher competition once district play rolls around, despite dropping from Class 4A to Class 3A for 2002. Pecos began last year by winning only four of their first 19 matches, then went 10-4 to close out regular season play. They placed second in District 2-4A behind El Paso Mountain View, before falling to El Paso High in the bi-district round of the Class 4A playoffs.

This season, the Eagles have four players returning on the varsity squad, and Granado has 10 juniors and seniors overall in preseason workouts, along with eight sophomores and 16 freshman.

"I'm going to see if we can put a team together with these kids," Granado said of her 11th and 12th graders. "I'd like for the others to stay together and get some playing experience and maybe when we get towards the start of district if I feel some of them can help us I'll move them up."

Height will again be a problem for Pecos this season, with no player taller than 5-foot-7 on the front line. Granado can't do anything about that, but she said she is trying to correct some other problems.

"Right now we're working on fundamentals _ setting and passing," she said. "We're going to have to depend on Jessica (Martinez) and Mindi (Harrison) to do most of the middle work. If we can get Leslie (Rodriguez), Bre'Ann (Windham) and Stephanie (Herrera) to be consistant in their hitting, we'll be OK."

"I feel like the strongest part of our game right now is defense, with Marissa (Mendoza) and Maritza (Sandoval) on the back line," Granado said. "I feel like our weakest part is setting. We need to find a setter who is willing to take charge."

Pecos' new district will feature three former district rivals _ Monahans, Fort Stockton and Kermit _ along with Midland Greenwood and Presidio. The Eagles will get to see all of those teams except for Greenwood before the start of district play, and are scheduled to see Fort Stockton, Kermit and Monahans next weekend, during scrimmage games here and in Monahans.

Regular season play for Pecos opens on Aug. 20 with matches against Odessa High and Alpine in Odessa.

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