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Tuesday, September 24, 2002

Eagles seek repeat victory over Jackets

The games get more meaningful from here on out for the Pecos Eagles volleyball team, as they will try and do to the Kermit Yellowjackets tonight what they did to Kermit this past Saturday, in the District 4-3A opener for both teams.

The Eagles and Jackets start off their district schedules after Pecos scored a 15-4, 15-8 home court victory over Kermit this past Saturday. Prior to that, the Eagles also scored a win on Saturday over Presidio, and a victory a week ago in Fort Stockton over the Prowlers.

Presidio hosts Fort Stockton and Monahans goes to Midland Greenwood tonight in their other two 4-3A openers.

The Eagles have advanced to the playoffs each of the past six seasons as a member of Class 4A, finishing second a year ago to El Paso Mountain View in District 2-4A. El Paso High eliminated them in the bi-district round of the Class 4A playoffs.

Monahans appears to be the favorite this season to take the district title, though their game tonight and the Eagles' match with the Jackets will show how much of a race for the three bi-district playoff berths there will be this season.

Pecos took advantage of Kermit's serving problems in the first game to pull away from the Jackets, and then outplayed Kermit on defense at the end of Game 2 to complete the sweep. Coach Becky Granado said her team is "starting to realize what they need to do on defense, and they're starting to realize on offense we can't do anything if the passing is not there."

"They want to run plays and do what everybody else is doing, but I told them they need to start passing the ball to the target (setter) before they can start running plays," Granado said.

Kermit got a couple of kills for points from middle hitter Amber Broadway and a few spikes out of Tara Wilhelm, but overall had problems setting up their own plays. However, the Jackets were able to break Pecos' serve a number of times in Game 1, only to immediately give the ball back by hitting their serves into the net.

Play opens today with the freshman and junior varsity matches at 5:30 p.m. The varsity match should begin about 6:45 p.m.

Ortiz expects full team for Pecos' home opener

Pecos Eagles' coach Mike Ortiz expects to have a full squad available for the first time during the fall tennis season today, when the Eagles play their home opener against the Monahans Loboes, starting at 3:30 p.m. at the Pecos High School tennis courts.

"I think everybody will finally be in position today. I had some girls sick and some boys who were out on Saturday," Ortiz said, when Pecos traveled to Midland to face Midland Trinity and Sweetwater in dual meets. The Eagles were also shorthanded earlier this month, when they tied Monahans on the Loboes' home court, 14-14.

The Eagles ended up tying the host Chargers 8-8 in their matches, while losing to the Mustangs by a 16-6 final score. "They're in our region, so we wanted to play them," Ortiz said of Sweetwater, who was a district rival of Pecos for 18 years, until the Eagles were taken out of District 4-4A in 1998.

"The kids played well and showed me a lot," he added. "They competed even though they were out of position. We're going to play them again (on Oct. 19 in Midland), and we should be in better position to win because we'll be in our right lineup."

Against Sweetwater, the Eagles got only two wins on the boys' side, from No. 1 and 2 seeds in singles play, Jay Dannelley and Stephen Lamb. The Eagles also got wins in singles from their top two seeds on the girls' side, Natalia Ornelas and Elizabeth Carreon, aslong with No. 4 and 5 seeds Whitney Lamb and Chantel Orona, while the Mustangs swept all seven doubles matches.

In the tie with Trinity, Pecos lost all but one of their six singles and doubles matches, but took five of six matches in girls singles play.

Pecos (8) at Midland Trinity (8)
Boys Singles

Stephen Lamb lost to Brett Powers, 6-1, 6-3;  Orlando Mendoza lost to Anthony Kelley, 6-2, 6-3; Joel  Sotelo defeated Chris Speight, 6-2, 6-0; T.J. Hardwick lost  to Michael Wood, 7-6 (7-4), 7-5.

Girls Singles
Natalia Ornelas defeated Alex Thomas, 6-3, 6-1;  Elizabeth Carreon defeated Delaney Allen, 6-3, 6-1; Amanda  Fleming defeated Allyse Hillman, 6-2, 6-4; Whitney Lamb  defeated Susan Starney, 6-3, 6-3; Chantel Orona defeated  Ashley Leazer, 6-1, 6-0; Imari Ornelas lost to Addie Smith, 6-3, 6-2.

Boys Doubles
Lamb and Mendoza lost to Andrew Crump and Jay  Bates, 6-1, 6-2; Harwick and Guthrie Long lost to Speight  and Kelley, 7-6 (7-4), 6-4.

Girls Doubles
Carreon and Fleming lost to Smith and Teresa Barron,  6-3, 6-2;  N. Ornelas and Lamb defeated Thomas and  Colby Frerich, 6-3, 6-2; I. Ornelas and Olga Mendoza lost  to Hillman and Starney, 6-3, 2-6, 10-7. 

Mixed Doubles
Sotelo and Orona defeated Allen and Wood, 6-2, 6-1.

Pecos (6) vs. Sweetwater (16)
Boys Singles

Jay Dannelley defeated A.J. Arteaga, 6-3; Lamb  defeated Seth Carson, 7-6 (9-7), 6-2; Mendoza lost to Phillip  Brock, 6-1, 6-3; Sotelo lost to Robbie Strzetec, 6-3, 6-1;  Hardwick lost to Samon Kashani, 6-0, 6-0; Long lost to Ivan  Ramirez, 6-0, 6-0; Donald Walker lost to Kelsey Matchen, 6-0;  6-0; Danny Lujan lost to Anthony Hermissllo, 6-3, 6-3..

Girls Singles
N. Ornelas defeated Rebecca Long, 6-2, 6-0;  Carreon defeated Emily Brock, 6-1, 6-4; Fleming lost to Leslie  Lomas, 6-1, 6-1; Lamb defeated Hillary Henderson, 6-1, 6-4;  Orona defeated Katie Fite, 6-1, 6-1; I. Ornelas lost to Liz White,  6-2, 6-2; Mendoza lost to Nancy Crawford, 6-3, 6-3.

Boys Doubles
Dannelley and Lamb lost to Arteaga and Brock, 7-6 (9-7),  6-4; Mendoza and Sotelo lost to Carson and Strzetec, 7-6  (7-5), 6-3; Hardwick and Long lost to Ramirez and Matchen,  6-1, 6-0.

Girls Doubles
Carreon and Fleming lost to Bonnie Jay and Lomas, 6-4,  6-2;  N. Ornelas and Lamb lost to Henderson and Long,  6-4, 4-6, 8-10; I. Ornelas and Mendoza lost to Crawford  and Brock, 6-2, 6-0. 

Mixed Doubles
Sotelo and Orona lost to Kashani and White, 6-1, 6-0.

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