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Wednesday, September 18, 2002

Eagles split matches with Cranes, Prowlers

Whether it was the motivation of facing a district rival or the motivation of facing time on the bench, Pecos Eagles' coach Becky Granado said her team was more excited Tuesday night about facing the Fort Stockton Prowlers than they were the Crane Golden Cranes.

Playing in Fort Stockton, the Eagles allowed the Cranes to pull away at the end of both their games, and dropped a 15-11, 15-10 decision to Crane. Then, Pecos jumped ahead of Fort Stockton early in their next match and won the opener, 15-11, and followed that up by pulling away from the Prowlers at the finish of Game 2, for another 15-11 victory.

"We should have beaten Crane. They didn't have the height like they've had in the past, and they don't have strong hitters," Granado said. "All they did was tap the ball to us the whole match, and we didn't react. We beat ourselves with our mental mistakes.

"Against Fort Stockton we did much better. We came out with more intensity and were talking more and moving more," Granado said, while adding that at the outset of the match, she had a few different players out on the court.

"I changed my lineup and put some kids who are not used to being on the bench on the bench, and that woke them up. I told them some of them were too comfortable in their positions. After I put them on the bench they were totally different persons when I put them back out on the court."

In the opener, the Eagles held an 8-5 lead in the first game and were tied a 10-10 before letting the Cranes pull away, while in the second game Pecos held a 7-4 lead at one point before Crane came back, and were down only 11-10 when the Cranes finished things off with four points in their next three rotations.

Against Fort Stockton, the Eagles jumped ahead 5-0 at the outset, and were up by as many as nine points at one point in the game, before holding off a Prowler rally that cut the lead down to 12-10.

The win was the second of the season by the Eagles over the Prowlers, who'll face Pecos again in two weeks when District 4-3A play starts. "Fort Stockton has improved from the last time we played them, and I'm sure they'll improve some more for district," Granado said.

The Eagles will have two more matches this Saturday against district rivals before the start of 3-4A play. They'll host Presidio and Kermit at 1 and 3 p.m. at the Pecos High School gym, and then will face the Yellowjackets and Blue Devils next week in their district openers.

Tuesday's split put the Eagles at 5-11 on the season going into Saturday's matches. Pecos' ninth grade and junior varsity teams lost both their matches on Tuesday. The JV fell to Crane 15-11, 15-12, and to Fort Stockton 15-8, 16-14, while the ninth graders lost to the Cranes, 15-13, 15-7, and to the Prowlers, 12-15, 15-10, 15-5.

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