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Wednesday, August 14, 2002

Eagles unsettled at setter going into scrimmages

Staff Writer

PECOS, Aug. 14, 2002 - With one week to go before the start of the 2002 volleyball season, Pecos Eagles volleyball coach Becky Granado said setter is the place where the Eagles are the least set in their starting lineup.

"We don't have a setter right now. That's probably our No. 1 problem," said Granado, whose team will get to play in two scrimmages this weekend before opening their 2002 season in Odessa next Tuesday.

"We've got some kids who can hit the ball, if I can come up with a consistent setter," said Granado, whose team is seeking their seventh straight playoff appearance this fall. "They're having problem positioning with their footwork. They just want to run up there and not set their feet parallel to the net."

As a result, a number of sets during Tuesday's practice session wound up either going over to the other side of the net or going to the wrong spot on the floor for Pecos' hitters to handle.

"I'm going to have to be patient with them. If we can get the footwork down the hands will come around," Granado said.

Pecos started off slowly last year, going 4-15 over the first month of the season before rallying to finish second in District 2-4A. However, this season, the Eagles figure to have tougher competition in district, despite moving down from Class 4A to 3A this year.

They'll be paired with Monahans, Midland Greenwood, Fort Stockton, Kermit and Presidio, and will face most of those teams at least once before district play opens in September.

Granado said until the Eagles' find a setter for their hitters, "We're going to have to rely on defense. They're working hard as far as defense goes. They just have to learn to read the block and read the hitters. If we can do that, we'll be OK."

For now, Granado said she plans to carry nine players on the varsity, with 10 on the junior varsity and 14 on the freshman team. "I'll have three (varsity) slots open in case we have to move someone up," Granado said. "If we can stay away from injuries, I'd like to try and give them (the JV players) as much playing time down there as possible. If I have to move any of them up, I can do that later."

The Eagles' first scrimmage will be at 4 p.m. Friday against the Alpine Bucks, Wink Wildcats and Fort Davis Maidens, while on Saturday the Eagles will scrimmage teams over in Monahans, starting at 10 a.m.

Granado said for Friday's scrimmage, "The varsities will go 20 minutes against each other, and then we'll let the JVs go 20 minutes, and then the varsities will go 20 minutes again." The freshman teams will scrimmage on Friday over at the old Pecos High School gym.

Jr. high gridders to get equipment Friday at gym

PECOS, Aug. 14, 2002 -Crockett Middle School football coach Michael Valencia said equipment pick-up for seventh and eighth graders would take place on Friday evening at the Crockett Middle School gym.

Players for both seventh and eighth grades can get their equipment from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Crockett Middle School gym, located on the west side of the building. Valencia said that players who have not yet returned their completed physical forms should do so at that time, in order to be able to practice starting next Monday, Aug. 19.

Regular season play for both the seventh and eighth grade teams will begin on Sept. 5 with games against the Alpine Bucks. For more information, either call coach Valencia at 557-0141 or the Pecos High School Field House, at 447-7220.

Workouts will also begin on Aug. 19 for Crockett seventh and eighth grade volleyball players, who also must have their physical forms filled out by a doctor and returned to their coaches before they can begin preseason workouts.

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