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Wednesday, September 1, 1999

Eagles split matches with OHS, Alpine

PECOS, Sept. 1, 1999 -- The results in Alpine were a little closer for the Pecos Eagles in one match, and not as close as two weeks earlier in their other. But the results were the same on Tuesday night as they were for Pecos in their season openers - a loss to the Alpine Bucks and a victory over the Odessa High Bronchos.

Pecos opened play with a 15-11, 15-9 victory over Odessa High, a little wider victory margin than when the teams met on Aug. 17 in Odessa, then lost to the Bucks by 15-7, 16-14 scores. That's a lot closer than two weeks earlier, but the finish was still a frustrating one for Eagles' coach Becky Granado.

"We had a 14-13 lead and we missed our serve," Granado said. Alpine then scored two straight points for a 15-14 lead, and then after both teams broke serve the Bucks finished things off on their next opportunity. "I cannot get it across to them to just give us a chance. If they're going to beat us, make them beat us, don't give it to them."

Aside from the serves, the Eagles coach said the Eagles failed to take advantage of an injury to Bucks' senior Selena Monclova.

"We had a game plan going in against Alpine when Selena was on the back line. She sprained her ankle and I told them we needed to make her work," Granado said. "We started hitting it down the line and it worked. She was having a hard time moving, but then we stopped hitting it there."

Philonicus Fobbs had four kills and a block against the Bucks, while Ashley Salcido added three kills and an ace and Dee Dee Molinar had two kills.

Against OHS, the Eagles didn't have as much offense - Salcido led Pecos with two kills, while Fobbs had one - but Fobbs also scored four times off blocks, and the Eagles closed out Game 1 with seven straight points with Molinar serving, after the Bronchos rallied for an 11-8 lead.

"We played smarter ball and tried to get the serves away from their big hitters. They did that, and they had trouble setting the ball to their big hitter," Granado said.

The match was the first of two in four days for Pecos and Odessa High. They'll play again in pool round play at the Seminole Invitational, after the Eagles face San Angelo Lake View and Lubbock Coronado.

Pecos' junior varsity and freshman teams didn't fare as well. Both teams were swept by the Bronchos and Bucks. The JV lost to Alpine, 15-5, 3-15, 15-10 and to OHS, 15-4, 15-7, while the ninth graders fell to the Bucks, 15-11, 6-15, 15-5, and to the Bronchos' sophomores, 15-6, 15-11.

Netters claim one division title in opener

PECOS, Sept. 1, 1999 -- Pecos Eagle players won one division title and picked up several other trophies over the weekend in tournament play at Fort Stockton, their first action of the 1999 fall tennis season.

Rachel Pharaoh won first in singles in her flight of the tournament and teamed with Tiffany Jarrett to win third in the third flight of girls doubles, coach Bernadette Ornelas said. Jarrett also won third in her singles flight, while Teresa Minjarez did the same, teaming with Vanessa Miranda in No. 2 doubles to get third overall.

"The girls were fourth overall with 36 points, just one point behind Midland Lee," Ornelas said. "We placed above (District 2-4A rival) Fabens, so this year it looks like we've got a very strong girls team."

Sarah Metler also earned an award for winning the consolation finals, while the highest finish on the boys' side was by Ivan Navarro, who reached the consolation finals.

The Eagles' next matches will be tournament play in El Paso on Sept. 10-11.

Open champ falls, Sampras sidelined

NEW YORK, Sept. 1, 1999 (AP) Lightning struck twice at the U.S. Open.

The day started when Pete Sampras became the first top-seeded player to pull out of the U.S. Open before his first match since 1950. It ended when Patrick Rafter became the first defending champion male or female to lose in the first round in the 119-year history.

So shocking were the exits of Sampras and Rafter that losses by sixth-seeded Tim Henman of Britain and No. 13 Alex Corretja of Spain on Day 2 of the year's final major tournament were almost overlooked.

Sampras was seeking a record 13th Grand Slam tournament men's singles title after tying Roy Emerson's mark by winning Wimbledon in July. Instead, Sampras withdrew from the Open after injuring his back during practice on Sunday.

"I did a few tests, CAT scan and an MRI, and it showed I have a herniated disc," Sampras told a packed news conference. "Any time I bend over, I'm very limited. It's really very sore."

Rafter was trying to become the third man since 1926 to win three straight titles at America's premier tennis event, joining John McEnroe and Ivan Lendl. Instead, a sharp pain in his right shoulder forced him to retire in the fifth set of his first-round match against Frenchman Cedric Pioline.

"It was terrible, the pain," the Australian said.

He was scheduled for an MRI today and planned to meet with doctors before deciding what treatment he will undergo.

Sampras never got to a court. Rafter made it to the fifth set before retiring with the score 4-6, 4-6, 6-3, 7-5, 1-0.

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