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Wednesday, September 15, 1999

Pecos splits with Presidio, Monahans

PECOS, Sept. 15, 1999 -- The Pecos Eagles got two volleyball matches in for the prices of one Tuesday night in Monahans, though coach Becky Granado was not happy with how the Eagles looked overall on the night.

Pecos ended up playing their first match against the Presidio Blue Devils, which was not on the original schedule, and won by a 15-13, 15-2 final score. But the Eagles then saw their four game winning streak come to an end against the host Loboes, who avenged an earlier loss to Pecos with a 15-4, 15-10 victory.

Tuesday's match was almost a reverse of the Eagles' 15-0, 15-9 win earlier this season over the Loboes, when Monahans' defense was slow to react to the ball. This time, coach Becky Granado said, "We just did not play ball yesterday. We were not mentally ready, and we had too many kids not doing their jobs."

"Defensively we were just standing around watching. They'd get a hit on us, and we weren't ready to react," Granado said. "We had some offensive moments where we looked good, but our defense just killed us."

The Eagles' coach said middle hitter Philonicus Fobbs "had a good second game against Monahans, but she can't do it by herself. She needs some help out there.

"Our other hitters were hitting into the block instead of going around it," Granado said, referring to the Loboes' seniors, 6-foot-2 Vanessa Collins and 6-footer Cassidee Avary. "In practice we worked on going over it for three days, but last night against Monahans you would have thought we never worked on it. When Vanessa was up there our hitters are going to have to learn to go around it or down the line."

Things went better in the first match against Presidio, who are normally Monahans' district rivals, but are in their own separate district with Alpine in volleyball.

"I think Amy (Chabarria) served 13 straight points," in Game 2, Granado said. "She comes in when Philly's up front. They didn't have anybody to block her and had a hard time with her serves, also."

The split leaves the Eagles with a 10-8 season record going into their final pre-district match this Saturday, in Wink against the Wildcats. Granado said the Eagles may also face Crane, in a repeat of a dual meet against those two squads in Crane on Sept. 7.

Pecos' junior varsity also split their matches on Tuesday, beating Presidio, 15-2, 15-9, while losing to Monahans, 15-13, 15-12. The Eagles' ninth grade teams swept Monahans, with the purple team downing the Lobos' white squad, 15-7, 15-10, while the gold team beat Monahans green, 15-11, 15-12.

Panthers spoil Eagles' home opener

Staff Writer

PECOS, Sept. 15, 1999 -- The home opener for the Pecos Eagles tennis team was another learning afternoon for the boys' side, while Pecos' varsity girls fared better in their matches against the Fort Stockton Panthers.

Fort Stockton swept all nine singles and doubles matches on the boys' side and took the lone mixed doubles match, while winning five of nine matches in the girls' division, for an overall 15-4 victory. The Panthers also won the junior varsity matches Tuesday, by a 10-1 final score.

"We had some pretty close matches on the girls' side, but a couple of times when we needed just a little bit more to come through, we couldn't get it," Eagles' coach Bernadette Ornelas said.

Fort Stockton won the top three singles seeds on the girls' side, while taking No. 1 and No. 3 doubles on the varsity level. Rachel Pharaoh was the only Eagle player to win both her matches on Tuesday, teaming with Vanessa Miranda to beat Sarah Blanco and Irene Boon, 6-5, 7-6, then defeating Stephanie Ramirez in singles play, 8-5, in a pro set match.

The Eagles' other wins were by Rebecca Wein and Precilla Levario in singles play, while Kristina Dominguez got the lone win on the JV level.

"Fort Stockton has been young for the past two years. They still have no seniors on their team, but their game is developing," said Ornelas, though the Panthers aren't as inexperienced as the Eagle boys, who have no players back from last season's team.

"We had a couple of players playing doubles for the first time, and they're still trying to get a feel for their doubles partner," Ornelas said. "The kids are just getting experience as they play."

The closest match for the boys was a 6-4, 6-2 loss by No. 2 doubles team Jay Dannelley and Orlando Mendoza to Fort Stockton's Angel Marquez and Jon Duarte.

The Eagles have the rest of the week off, and will play next Tuesday in Monahans.

Fort Stockton 15 (25) at Pecos 4 (5)

Boys Singles

Justin Ornelas lost to Hector Natividad, 7-5, 6-1; Bobby Sotelo lost to Travis Sawyer, 6-1, 6-2; Jay Dannelley lost to Angel Marquez, 6-0, 6-0; Stephen Lamb lost to Jeremy Sanchez, 6-0, 6-1; Orlando Mendoza lost to T.J. Villarreal, 6-0, 6-3; Michael Tremble lost to Jon Duarte, 8-1.

JV _ Chase Saunders lost to Bret St. Clair, 8-0; Jerry Orona lost to Travis Woods, 8-5; Michael Chavez lost to Woods, 8-4.

Girls Singles

Teresa Minjarez lost to Alynn Marquez, 6-0, 5-7, 6-4; Vanessa Miranda lost to Sarah Blanco, 6-0, 6-2; Tiffany Jarrett lost to Anna Gessmann, 6-0, 6-0; Rachel Pharoah defeated Stephanie Ramirez, 8-5; Rebecca Wein defeated Anne Casas, 7-6, 4-6, 6-3; Precilla Levario defeated Irene Boon, 6-3, 6-2.

JV _ Kristina Dominguez defeated Michelle Parras, 7-6; Sarah Metler lost to Katie Dunn, 7-5, Jennifer Marquez lost to Criselda Sanchez, 8-0.

Boys Doubles

Ornelas and Sotelo lost to Sawyer and Natividad, 6-1, 6-0; Dannelly and Mendoza lost to Marquez and Duarte, 6-4, 6-2; Lamb and Tremble lost to St. Claire and Villarreal, 6-1, 6-0.

JV _ Chase Saunders and Omar Muniz lost to Sanchez and Woods, 8-0.

Girls Doubles

Minjarez and Jarrett lost to Marquez and Gessmann, 6-4, 6-4; Miranda and Pharaoh defeated Blanco and Boon, 6-4, 7-6; Wein and Levario lost to Ramirez and Casas, 6-4, 6-3.

JV _ Esquivel and Amanda Fleming lost 8-4 (opponents not available); Metler and Senovia Rubio lost, 8-0 (opponents not available)

Mixed Doubles

Dominguez and Sanders lost to Sanchez and Parras, 6-0, 6-1.

Lett suspended through November

AP Sports Writer
IRVING, Sept. 15, 1999 When the Dallas Cowboys put together their defensive depth chart in April, it looked pretty good. Midway through September, it's a mess.

Scratch out starting strongside linebacker Quentin Coryatt, who decided Tuesday he won't play this season. Nagging injuries likely have forced the No. 2 overall pick of the 1992 draft into retirement.

Put a thin line through defensive tackle Leon Lett, who made the Pro Bowl last year. Lett was suspended June 4 for his fifth violation of the league's substance abuse policy and learned Tuesday he'll have to miss the first eight games. He can return for the Nov. 14 home game against Green Bay.

Circle cornerbacks Deion Sanders and Kevin Smith and put question marks next to their names. Sanders is recovering from a severely sprained left big toe and Smith has a bad back. When either will return is a mystery.

The Coryatt news was a bit surprising, but not totally unexpected considering he hadn't worn pads since early in training camp. Among his aches and pains were a reconstructed shoulder and a strained Achilles' tendon.

"We've had several candid discussions over the last several weeks," Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said. "We really wanted him to get comfortable in his mind with where he was with his injuries. He arrived at the decision that he will not be playing this year."

Dallas had been playing a waiting game with the NFL regarding Lett. Commissioner Paul Tagliabue had told Jones he'd set the suspension by the opener, but took an extra week.

The length of Lett's previous suspensions were set by the league's substance abuse policy. This one was at the commissioner's discretion and could have been a lifetime ban.

Jones was hoping for a four-game punishment, the same Tagliabue gave the previous five-time offender, but he ended up doubling that in what will likely be a precedent-setting decision.

"The commissioner was looking for a long-term way to handle these types of circumstances," Jones said. "I think that's what caused the delay.

"He was looking to potentially establish a standard that would publicly point out the seriousness and importance the league is placing in this area of substance abuse."

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