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Tuesday, October 29, 2002

Pecos netters down Greenwood, Trinity to close out fall schedule

The Pecos Eagles' tennis team closed out their fall season on Oct. 18 short of players, but still managed to come up with wins over the Greenwood Rangers and Midland Trinity Chargers on the Midland College tennis courts.

Pecos won five of six matches over the District 4-3A rival Rangers, and took Trinity by a 9-3 score.

"We had a bunch of people over at band competition," at Odessa, coach Mike Ortiz said. Greenwood also was shorthanded on the boys' side, though Ortiz said that was more of a long-lasting problem.

"Their coach said they would have only two guys in the spring, so I expect us to win," said Ortiz. With Pecos dropping to Class 3A this year, the team tennis season has moved from the fall to the spring, and the Eagles will be looking to advance to regionals for the sixth time in the past eight seasons.

"We should beat them, Kermit and Presidio, so that would give us three victories, and then I'm pretty sure we can beat Monahans, so it would be between us and Fort Stockton as to who gets first and second," he said. The top two teams will advance to Region I-3A competition.

The boys only played three singles matches against Greenwood, with Trent Graham downing Joey Colvin, 6-1, 6-1, and Joel Sotelo scoring a 7-5, 6-2 win over Angel Ruiz. Ruiz then downed T.J. Hardwick, 6-1, 6-0.

On the girls' side, Beatrice Villarreal was the only singles player for the Eagles. She defeated Amy O'Neil, 6-1, 6-0, while in doubles play, Elizabeth Carreon and Whitney Lamb downed Shea Barrow and Heather McLemore, 6-1, 6-3, and Villarreal and Amanda Fleming beat O'Neil and Marissa Taylor, 6-0, 6-3.

Against Trinity, Ortiz said, "The last time we played them we tied 9-9, so this time their coach was very surprised that we beat them 9-3."

Pecos swept all seven boys matches, while taking two of three in girls' singles after Trinity won both doubles matches on tiebreakers in split sets. "That's probably the best we've played all season and it's a real bright way for us to start up again in January," Ortiz said.

Pecos (9) at Midland Trinity (3)
Boys Singles
Trent Graham defeated Brett Powers, 6-4, 6-3;  Jay Dannelley defeated Jay Bates, 6-2, 6-3; Orlando  Mendoza defeated Anthony Kelley, 6-0, 6-1; Joel Sotelo  defeated Michael Wood, 2-6, 6-2, 6-2; T.J. Hardwick defeated  Chris Speight, 6-1, 6-0.

Girls Singles
Elizabeth Carreon defeated Bennett, 6-0, 6-0;  Amanda Fleming lost to Allen, 6-4, 6-1; Whitney Lamb  defeated Stasney, 6-3, 6-3.

Boys Doubles
Graham and Dannelley defeated Crump and Bates, 6-3,  6-3; Mendoza and Sotelo defeated Wood and Kelley, 6-4,  1-6, 7-6 (10-5).

Girls Doubles
Carreon and Lamb lost to French and Thomas, 6-3, 3-6,  6-7 (4-10); Fleming and Villarreal lost to Stazney  and Hillman, 6-3, 4-6, 6-7 (11-13).

Eagles look to tie Rangerettes for second tonight

The Pecos Eagles know they're going to the Class 3A volleyball playoffs, they're just not sure yet where they'll be seeded or who they'll be playing. And the Eagles would like to keep that mystery going a little while longer, when they close out regular season play at home tonight against the Greenwood Rangerettes.

The Eagles host the Rangerettes starting around 6:30 p.m. at the Pecos High School gym, with Pecos looking to tie Greenwood for second place in the District 4-3A standings. Greenwood is 7-2 in district, 18-17 overall, and clinched a playoff spot last Tuesday with a 15-11, 15-12 win over Fort Stockton, while the Eagles downed the Prowlers on Saturday in Fort Stockton, 15-11, 7-15, 15-2, to earn their seventh straight trip to the playoffs and improve their record to 6-3 in district, 12-13 overall.

Eagles' coach Becky Granado said following Saturday's win that she would like to have a one-game playoff for second if Pecos wins tonight instead of a coin-flip. This morning, Granado said that hasn't been decided yet. "I'm just worrying about tonight first, and then if we win I'll talk to their coach after the game and decide what we're going to do."

To get to that decision, the Eagles will have to play better than they did earlier this month, when they lost a 15-11, 15-12 match at Greenwood.

"We just didn't play the way we needed to play," Granado said after the loss, adding that Pecos failed to react quickly to balls hit by the Rangerettes, something the Eagles also had problems with in Game 2 of their win on Saturday at Fort Stockton. The Prowlers took advantage of Pecos' serve reception problems to tie the match, before the Eagles recovered in Game 3 and were able to get their offense back on track to score an easy victory.

Monahans already has won the District 4-3A title and earned a first round bye, and playoff opponents in the first round for Pecos and Greenwood may not be decided tonight, even if the Rangerettes are able to beat the Eagles a second time. Denver City has won the District 3-3A title, while Seminole (20-10) and Lamesa (25-7) are playing tonight with second place on the line.

"Seminole has to win to force a playoff game just like us," said Granado. The second place team from District 4-3A will face the third place team from District 3-3A next week, while the third place finisher in 4-3A will face 3-3A's runner-up team.

Play will open at 5:30 p.m. this evening with the final games of the season for Pecos' junior varsity and freshman volleyball squads.

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