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Wednesday, October 16, 2002

Panthers boys provide margin against Eagles

The Fort Stockton Panthers' boys team provided the majority of the wins on Tuesday against the Pecos Eagles, as the Panthers scored a 13-8 win at the Pecos High School tennis courts.

The Eagles took six of the 11 girls matches and four of nine on the varsity level, but the Panthers won eight of 10 boys matches, with all eight wins on the varsity level. But coach Mike Ortiz said he was still happy overall with the way his team played.

"I thought we played real well. I saw a lot of good things out there," he said. "There was a lot of good effort, even though a lot of them didn't win. We could have won several matches, but they tried and that's all I can ask of them."

The Panthers won both of Tuesday's split set matches on the boys' side, as Eric Fierro and Bjorn Subia defeated Trent Graham and Jay Dannelley in doubles play, 6-3, 7-6 (7-5) and 11-9, and Fierro then won in singles over Graham, 3-6, 7-5, 7-5.

The boys' lone win came in singles play, where Joel Sotelo defeated Alex Marquez, 6-4, 7-5.

The Panthers won two of three doubles matches on the varsity level in the girls' division, but the Eagles won four of six singles matches. Natalia Ornelas and Whitney Lamb got the win in doubles, over Leigh Hamilton and Elisha Blanco, while Elizabeth Carreon, Jennifer Rayos, Amanda Fleming and Chantel Orona picked up singles victories.

Orona also won at No. 4 doubles with Imari Ornelas for the girls' other victory.

After playing matches against Monahans and Fort Stockton for the past several weeks, the Eagles will get to see another District 4-3A rival on Saturday, when they travel to Midland College to face the Greenwood Rangers. Pecos will also face Sweetwater in Midland on Saturday, with the matches set for 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., though Ortiz said because of UIL band competition, he would be down to only five players on the boys and girls sides for the matches.

Pecos (4) at Fort Stockton (9)
Boys Singles
Trent Graham lost to Eric Fierro, 3-6, 7-5, 7-5; Jay  Dannelley lost to Bryan Rainwater, 6-3, 6-4; Orlando Mendoza lost  to Brian Fierro, 6-0, 6-1; Joel Sotelo defeated Alex  Marquez, 6-4, 7-5; T.J. Harwick lost to Robby Barriga, 6-1, 6-2;  Donald Walker lost to Robert Sotelo, 6-0, 6-2; Danny Lujan  defeated Carr (no first name available), 8-4.

Girls Singles
Natalia Ornelas, lost to Casee McKenzie, 7-6 (7-2),  6-4; Elizabeth Carreon defeated Kirti Ghandi, 7-6 (8-6),  6-4; Jennifer Rayos defeated Leigh Hamilton, 6-4,  6-2; Amanda Fleming defeated Ashley Hamilton, 6-2,  6-0 Beatrice Villarreal lost to Victoria Subia, 6-2, 6-4;  Chantel Orona defeated Elisha Blanco, 6-3, 6-3; Imari  Ornelas lost to Kassie Bollier, 8-6.

Boys Doubles
Graham and Dannelley lost to E. Fierro and Subia, 6-3,  7-6 (7-5), 11-9; Mendoza and Sotelo lost to Marquez  and Rainwater, 6-2, 7-6 (7-4); Walker and Lujan lost to  B. Fierro and Barriga, 6-0, 6-0.

Girls Doubles
Carreon and Rayos lost to McKenzie and Ghandi, 6-0,  6-2; N. Ornelas and Lamb defeated Hamilton and Blanco,  6-1, 6-0; Fleming and Villarreal lost to Hampton and  Subia, 6-6, 6-3; Orona and I. Ornelas defeated Bollier and  Graves, 6-2, 6-3.

Pecos escapes Presidio with narrow win

The Presidio Blue Devils are a lot tougher to handle on their side of the Davis Mountains, the Pecos Eagles found out on Tuesday.

The Eagles, who had allowed Presidio only 13 points combined in their two matches in Pecos last month against the Blue Devils, were blown out in the first game Tuesday night in Presidio, 15-5, before coming back to win the second game, 15-12, and then rallying late in the third game for a 15-13 victory, to keep them tied for second place in the District 4-3A standings.

"We never showed up. It was just like we were expecting Presidio to just give us the game," said Eagles' coach Becky Granado. "We had a lot of mental errors; hitting the ball out, passing it into the net and just letting balls drop in."

After their 15-3, 15-5 loss to Pecos back on Sept. 28, Presidio had beaten Kermit and taken Greenwood and Fort Stockton three games before losing at home. On Tuesday, they were within two points of upsetting the Eagles before Pecos was able to score the final four points of the match to win.

"Towards the end of the third game we were down 13-11 and I called a time-out," Granado said. "I told the girls who had varsity experience that they had to step it up and not depend on the inexperienced players to carry us. I don't know if that did it, but they went out there and picked it up."

"Presidio had momentum then, but they just made one mistake and we took advantage and never gave them the serve back," she said.

"We did have the most kills last night of any other game. Stephanie (Herrera), Leslie (Rodriguez), Danielle (Garcia) and Mindi (Harrison) got some kills when we needed them the most," Granado said. Herrera led Pecos with eight kills, while Garcia had six.

Meanwhile, Presidio's Karla Garcia and Lina Coffman also had a much better night hitting against the shorter Eagles than they did in the two meetings in Pecos. "They ran their offense and got some good passes and were able to put the ball on the floor," Granado said. "They played much better. I talked to their coach, and they took Fort Stockton three games on Saturday, so they play a lot better at home, but they just didn't have the mental toughness."

The victory moves Pecos to within a game of .500 for the first time since losses to Alpine and Odessa High on the opening night of the season. The Eagles are 12-13 overall and 5-2 in district, tied with Greenwood for second place. Both are two games ahead of Fort Stockton, which lost to Monahans on Tuesday night.

District teams are taking this Saturday off due to UIL band marching competition in Odessa. The Eagles' next game will be next Tuesday, at home against Monahans, which clinched a playoff spot and stayed unbeaten in 4-3A play with their victory over the Prowlers.

Presidio defeated Pecos in junior varsity play on Tuesday, but no scores were available. There was no freshman match between the Eagles and Blue Devils on Tuesday.

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