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Friday, November 29, 2002

Six Lady Eagles named to All District Squad

Staff Writer

Three Pecos Eagle junior volleyball players were named to the first-team All-District 4-3A volleyball squad, while two seniors were second team selections and one other received honorable mention in voting by district coaches.

Outside hitters/setters Leslie Rodriguez and Stephanie Herrera and back line player Maritza Sandoval were chosen to the first team, while hitter/blockers Jessica Martinez and Mindi Harrison were second team selections.

The Eagles finished one spot lower this year in the district standings than they did a year ago as a member of District 2-4A, but actually ended up with one more first team selection. "The selections were fairer this year, plus everybody brought statistics to work from, which they didn't do last year," said Eagles' coach Becky Granado, whose teams finished third in 4-3A with a 6-4 record and were 14-16 overall, falling in the bi-district round of the playoffs to Lamesa.

Herrera was the Eagles' only first-team pick last season, and she and Rodriguez were the Eagles' main outside hitters during the 2002 season, while Sandoval was used for defensive purposes on the back line. Rodriguez was an honorable mention selection last year for Pecos.

Martinez was Pecos' main middle hitter and blocker, while Harrison split time at middle and outside hitter during the season. Both were first-time selections to the all-district squad, as was Sandoval and the Eagles' honorable mention selection, junior back line player Vanessa Garcia.

Region I-3A champion Monahans, which won all 20 games in their 10 district matches, dominated the first team squad, while second place Midland Greenwood placed seven players on the first and second team units.

Monahans' selections included a former classmate of Martinez and Harrison, senior setter Kristen Hall, who was named the district's Most Valuable player, while her mother, former Eagle player and assistant coach Patty Hall, was named Coach of the Year. Monahans also claimed three of the other top honors, as junior Laura Crumrine was named Outstanding Hitter, senior Karla Armendariz was named Outstanding Defensive Player and freshman Brittany Hughes was chosen as Newcomer of the Year.

The Loboes also had two other first team selections, in senior Amanda Knife and junior Nicky Dickson. Monahans advanced to the UIL State Volleyball Tournament for the first time in six years, falling to Texarkana Pleasant Grove in the semifinals.

Greenwood was led by junior Karla Northcutt, who tied with Fort Stockton's Vanessa Lujan for Outstanding Setter honors. The Rangerettes also put seniors Marlene Spain and Stephanie Adams and sophomore Jaymie Flowers on the first team.

The rest of the first team was made up of Fort Stockton juniors Erika Munoz and Lyndsey Yarbrough, Kermit junior Amber Broadway and Presidio senior Karla Garcia.

On the second team, Monahans was represented by juniors Kiley Blalock and Rachel Miller, Greenwood put senior Courtney Awalt, junior Landrie Johansen and sophomore Kim Smith on the team; Fort Stockton had two more juniors, Maranda Garza and Ruby Garcia, on the squad, Presidio put senior Mayra Ramirez and sophomore Patricia Samaniego on the team and Kermit's second team pick was junior Monica Dominguez.

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