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Tuesday, October 15, 2002

Eagles hoping for short game after long trip

Just in case any of the Pecos Eagles volleyball team members have forgotten what it's like to take a long bus ride to a game on a school night, the Eagles will hop on their bus this afternoon and head 160 miles south to Presidio, to face the Blue Devils in varsity, junior varsity and varsity games.

It's the longest trip of the season in volleyball for the Eagles, who for the past four seasons have had no district trip shorter than 175 miles, when they were part of the El Paso-based District 2-4A. Play begins with the freshman and JV matches at 5:30, followed by the varsity contest around 6:30 p.m.

"At least the game will start at 6:30 p.m.," said Eagles' coach Becky Granado. "Out there because of the (Mountain) time zone, we wouldn't start until 7:30, so we'd get in even later."

In order to get home early, the Eagles will be hoping tonight's match goes as fast as their first two meetings against Presidio. The Eagles won a non-district 15-2, 15-3 decision the first time out on Sept. 21, then scored a 15-3, 15-5 win in their District 4-3A home opener a week later.

However, the Blue Devils have shown improvement since their two losses to Pecos, especially playing on their home court. Presidio defeated Kermit after losing in two games to the Yellowjackets in Pecos on Sept. 21, and went three games with Midland Greenwood four days later before falling to the Rangerettes.

Pecos is tied for second with Greenwood after their 15-1, 15-3 win at home on Saturday over Kermit and Greenwood's loss in Monahans. Both teams are 4-2 in district, while the Eagles are 10-13 on the season. Pecos has the rest of the week off before returning to action next Tuesday at home against Monahans, and wins tonight and next week would just about assure the Eagles of their seventh straight trip to the playoffs.

"If we can just play a good game against Monahans I think we'd have a chance, but I don't want to look that far ahead. We've got to worry about Presidio right now," Granado said.

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