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Wednesday, October 30, 2002

Greenwood routs Pecos, clinches 2nd place

Staff Writer

Just doing the little things right can go a long way towards winning  a game.

The Midland Greenwood Rangerettes didn't have anywhere near the front line advantage the Monahans Loboettes did a week ago when they came into Pecos and routed the Eagles, but Greenwood did almost everything better than the Eagles on Tuesday night and captured second place in the District 4-3A standings with a 15-8, 15-6 victory.

The win was even more decisive than their 15-11, 15-12 win over the Eagles three weeks earlier in Midland, as the Rangerettes did everything better fundamentally than Pecos except for serving, and even that fell apart at the end for the Eagles, who missed their last two serves after breaking Greenwood's serves at match point.

"Everything fell apart. We don't have any heart, we don't have any want, we don't have any desire," said Eagles' coach Becky Granado. "They just allowed us to make our mistakes and we did."

Greenwood's front line hitters, especially Marlene Spain, outsmarted Pecos' defense several times by dinking the ball over the front line blockers and in front of Pecos' back line players. It was the same strategy the Rangerettes used in their first victory, and one Granado said the Eagles contributed to by not moving on defense.

"When we let four balls drop on four taps into the middle of the court, our kids were not into the game," she said. "When you walk on defense there's no way you're going to get to any hit ball or anything. You have to be ready to move and react and you're going to go to the ball."

Pecos never led in the opener, as the Rangerettes opened up a 6-2 lead, with two points coming off dinks by Spain and Jaymie Flowers and another on a spike by Kim Smith. The Eagles would cut that margin to 7-5 thanks to a couple of kills by Leslie Rodriguez and Jessica Martinez, but after a missed kill by Martinez Greenwood would widen their lead to 11-5, off a pair of bad passes by Pecos and two spikes by Spain off Martinez. The Eagles would only get as close as four points the rest of the way.

In Game 2 the Eagles got their only lead, at 1-0, on a mishandled serve reception by Flowers, but then scored five straight points off three mishandled passes and two spikes into the net by Pecos. The lead would balloon to 11-3 as Pecos' problems continued, and after trading points for a few minutes, Greenwood won on a spike by Spain off a Danielle Garcia block and a spike into the net by Rodriguez.

"When you put yourselves in a hole and have to get out it's hard, and that's what we did in the first game, and we came back and did it the second game," Granado said. "We had girls out of rotation in the second game, but the referees didn't call it to be nice, I guess."

The win allowed Greenwood to end their regular season with an 8-2 record in district and 19-17 overall, earning the No. 2 seed in the bi-district round of the Class 3A playoffs, Pecos closes out with a 6-4 record, 12-14 overall and the No. 3 seed in the playoffs, but both the Eagles and Rangerettes will have to wait until later this week to find out who they'll play in the first round, after Seminole tied Lamesa for second place in District 3-3A on Tuesday with an 8-15, 17-15, 15-6 homecourt win.

Pecos will play the winner of the Seminole-Lamesa second place playoff game, probably next Tuesday in the Midland-Odessa area. Granado said before then, the Eagles might play a practice game against Fort Davis, which qualified for the Class A state playoffs.

Greenwood also won Tuesday's freshman and junior varsity matches, taking the ninth grade contest, 15-11, 15-6, and winning an extended JV game, 19-17, 14-16, 15-6.

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