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Tuesday, September 14, 1999

Netters host Stockton after El Paso trip

PECOS, Sept. 14, 1999 -- Pecos Eagles' tennis coach Bernadette Ornelas considered this past weekend's trio of matches in team tournament play at El Paso as a learning experience.

"Overall we placed seventh out of eight teams," Ornelas said, as Pecos lost to El Paso Americas, 18-0, and were edged by El Paso Montwood, 10-9 before defeating El Paso Del Valle by a 14-5 final score. "What we took from this tournament was experience for the boys' team and girls team. It's developing them for stronger games."

"Once again we're a very young team. We've only got one senior, the rest are freshmen and sophomores," she said. "I told them the only way to go is up, and we'll be developing a stronger game with time."

The Eagles will get to play their first home match of the season this afternoon, when they face Fort Stockton in a 4 p.m. start at the Pecos High School tennis courts.

Against Americas, Pecos' lone split set was by the doubles team of Vanessa Miranda and Rachel Pharaoh, who lost 5-7, 6-3, 6-2 to Jouanna Coria and Alondra Rodriguez. "Our No. 2 doubles team split sets against them, and they said that girls team placed in their district," Ornelas said.

Against Montwood, the results were almost the reverse of last year, when Pecos' boys team won the bulk of the Eagles' matches. This time, the girls took all but one of their matches with the Rams (winning two by default), while losing all but one default match on the boys' side. Montwood's win by default in mixed doubles play gave the Rams the victory.

Teresa Minjarez and Precilla Levario won both their singles and doubles matches, as did Miranda and Pharoah. Sarah Metler and Kristina Dominguez had the Eagles' other victories, while Stephen Lamb had the boys' lone win.

Against Del Valle, the boys lost the top seeds in singles and doubles, but were able to sweep the lower seeded matches, while the girls won all but two of their nine matches, losing one, plus mixed doubles, by default.

Minjarez swept Christine Marquez in singles, 6-0, 6-0, and teamed with Levario to defeat Kathy Martinez and Yashimine Saenz, 6-0, 6-2. Levario won her singles match over Laura Saenz, 6-4, 6-1, while Pecos other singles match wins came from Pharoah, who downed Martinez, 6-0, 6-1; Metler who beat Noel Santana, 6-2, 6-2 and Dominguez who defeated Briana Hernandez, 6-1, 6-0.

Miranda and Pharoah defeated Marquez and Sanchez, 6-0, 7-5, and Dominguez and Metler beat Hernandez and Santana, 6-0, 6-3, in the other doubles matches.

Winners on the boys' side in singles were Jay Dannelley, 6-4, 6-3 over Omar Martinez; Lamb, 6-0, 6-1 over Jesus Mejia, and Orlando Mendoza, 6-3, 6-2 over Mario Rodriguez. In doubles, Justin Ornelas and Bobby Sotelo beat Luis Marquez and William Zuniga, 6-3, 6-2, while Dannelley and Mendoza beat Martinez and Rodriguez by 6-2, 6-1 scores.

Eagles' road trip lands in Monahans

PECOS, Sept. 14, 1999 -- The Pecos Eagles' volleyball team will try to extend its three match winning streak tonight, when they begin the final week of pre-district play in Monahans against the Loboes.

Pecos will face Monahans in freshmen, junior varsity and varsity matches at 5, 6 and 7:15 p.m. at the Monahans Special Events Center. It's the seventh straight road match for Pecos and 13th in 16 matches so far this season for the Eagles, who'll play three more on the road after this, including their two opening District 2-4A matches next week.

The Eagles swept all three of their matches last week, beating Crane and Wink in Crane on Tuesday then going to Greenwood on Saturday and downing the Rangerettes, 18-15, 11-15, 15-11 to improve to 9-7 on the season.

Although the Eagles have rarely played at home in the first month of the season, that's the only place they've faced Monahans so far in 1999, scrimmaging the Loboes before the start of play, then winning a 15-0, 15-9 decision in the fifth place game of the Cantaloupe Classic Tournament on Aug. 28.

Ashley Salcido had a pair of ace serves in closing out the Eagles' shutout win over the Loboes, and also gave Greenwood a hard time in Saturday's victory over the Rangerettes. "I think Ashley's serves are tough for anybody to handle," said Eagles' coach Becky Granado. "I think all our servers are good this year, and that's what helps us in games."

Pecos also got 10 kills and nine blocks out of junior Philonicus Fobbs in their win over Greenwood, their first in four years on the Rangerettes' home court.

Monahans has one of the area's biggest front lines, with 6-foot-2 Vanessa Collins and 6-footer Cassidee Avary. But the Loboes have struggled on defense, and won just one of four matches last week, though all were to larger schools.

They fell to Midland High and Lubbock High a week ago, and on Saturday split matches with Big Spring and Water Valley, losing to the Steers, 15-11, 15-8, while defeating the Wildcats, 15-7, 15-7.

Pecos will play a rematch with Wink this coming Saturday in their final pre-district match, then open 2-4A play next week with trips to Fabens and El Paso Mountain View.

Broncos' home win streak retired

AP Sports Writer

DENVER, Sept. 14, 1999 With a boost from Miami's special teams, Dan Marino spoiled John Elway's going-away party.

Marino was coolly efficient Monday night, throwing two touchdown passes as the Dolphins prevailed 38-21 on the night Elway was inducted into the Broncos' Ring of Fame and had his No. 7 jersey retired.

Miami blocked a field goal and a punt, setting up 10 points, and rookie running backs Rob Konrad and J.J. Johnson each scored a touchdown as the Dolphins ended Denver's 24-game regular-season winning streak at home. They also raised questions about the Broncos will put up a serious bid for a third straight Super Bowl victory.

Denver quarterback Brian Griese, the second-year pro who made his first NFL start after being elevated over Bubby Brister two weeks ago, was impressive, completing 24 of 40 passes for 270 yards and three touchdowns, all to Ed McCaffrey.

Griese wasn't Elway no one expected him to be but therein was a problem for the Broncos. Because Griese's arm didn't pose the threat that Elway's did, Miami was able to play eight men close to the line of scrimmage to shut down Terrell Davis, who finished with 61 yards on 19 carries.

"It's like when Michael Jordan left," said cornerback Terrell Buckley, whose 43-yard return with a blocked field goal set up Miami's first touchdown. "Griese, he can play. But John Elway can flat out get it done."

Griese did a convincing Elway imitation on the game's first series. He completed four of six passes and both incompletions were on balls dropped by receivers and hit McCaffrey on a 61-yard touchdown pass less than four minutes into the game.

But the Dolphins, who lost 38-3 to Denver in last season's NFL playoffs, scored the next 24 points.

Early in the second quarter, Buckley blocked Jason Elam's 44-yard field-goal attempt, returning it 43 yards to the Denver 36. Marino passed 28 yards to O.J. McDuffie, and two plays later Karim Abdul-Jabbar scored from the 1.

Marino passed 40 yards to Tony Martin, setting up a 12-yard TD throw to Konrad with 3:02 left in the period.

Miami then made it 17-7 when Greg Jeffries partially blocked a punt, giving the Dolphins possession at the Denver 43. Olindo Mare kicked a 37-yard field goal.

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