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Wednesday, October 16, 1996

Eagles down Prowlers to move into third

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PECOS, Oct. 16 -- Other than when Mandy Lujan was in the server's
position, Tuesday was just about the best night the Pecos Eagles have
enjoyed during the 1996 volleyball season.

Needing a win to regain the lead in the race for the final District 4-4A
playoff berth, the Eagles routed the Fort Stockton Prowlers in Game 1 on
their match Tuesday night in Fort Stockton, winning by a 15-4 score.
They then took a 6-4 lead in Game 2, only to run into problems with
Lujan's serves, and ended up on the short end of a 15-6 final score.

But Pecos bounced back immediately in the deciding game, racing out to a
9-1 lead, then finishing the Prowlers off with a 5-0 final run for a
15-4 victory and a half-game lead in the race for third in the 4-4A

"We just kind of dominated them," said Eagles' coach Nora Geron, whose
team had lost in two games at home to Fort Stockton last month. "We did
a lot better job this time, and Fort Stockton didn't generate as much
offense as they did. They kind of looked like they were down."

Unlike last month's loss, when Pecos couldn't score without Lori Marquez
on the front line, Geron said, "We got a lot more offense from Ivy
(Thorp), Gail (Taylor) and Sherrie (Mosby) this time."

In fact, Tuesday was the first game this year in which Marquez didn't
lead the team in successful kills. She finished with four, to go along
with a block, while Thorp had six kills and one dink for a point, Taylor
had three kills and a pair of blocks, and Mosby added a pair of kills
and two blocks in the victory.

Elena Hinojos also scored off an ace serve for the Eagles, though it was
Lujan, along with hitter Angela Granado, who caused the Eagles problems
in Game 2, when the Prowlers had nine straight points before Pecos could
break serve.

"They killed us on serve reception. She was serving it very shallow, and
I couldn't get the girls to move up," Geron said, while adding after the
loss, "We regrouped. They knew what they had done and were able to

Pecos, which has played far better on the road in District 4-4A play
this season than they have at home, jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the
opener, then were up by 7-1 and 12-2 scores on their way to the victory.
They also were able to shut down sophomore Elisa Espino, who hurt Pecos
on the front line in Game 2 of last month's match.

The win gives the Eagles a 4-4 record in district play, and a 12-15 mark
for the season. Fort Stockton falls to 3-4 in district, and 11-13
overall. They're tied for fourth with Big Spring, which defeated
Sweetwater on Tuesday and will be in Pecos by a critical 12 noon matchup
on Saturday. The Steers can take the lead in the 4-4A playoff race with
a win over the Eagles.

Pecos also scored a three-game victory in Tuesday's freshman contest,
15-11, 14-16, 16-14, while the Prowlers' JV edged the Eagles, 15-12,
14-16, 15-8.

Netters end fall season with tie-breaker victory

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PECOS, Oct. 16 -- The Pecos Eagles tennis team closed out their 1996
fall season this past Saturday with a win by tie-breaker in Fort
Stockton over the Panthers.

Pecos, which had fallen to Fort Stockton in non-district play earlier
this season, finished in a 9-9 tie with the Panthers this time. But
coach J.R. Torrez said the Eagles won thanks to a 21-20 edge in sets.

"David Zuniga was the last player on, and we needed a split (set) to
get the win, which is what he got," Torrez said. Zuniga, playing at No.
1 boys singles' seed, lost to P.J. Harvey, but his 6-2 opening set
victory was enough to offset Harvey's 6-4, 6-1 comeback.

Overall, the boys took six of nine matches on the day, while the
numbers were reversed on the girls' side. "I knew we'd do well on the
boys side, and on the girls' side, the two singles matches we should
have won (by fifth and sixth seeds Randa Taylor and Robyn Matthews) we
did," Torrez said. "The No. 3 girls' doubles (Stefanie Pharoah and Nichi
Dannelley) is where we won it."

Jonathan Fuentes, Mark Marquez, Albert Lee and Tye Graham were the
singles winners for the boys, while Zuniga and Lee and Graham and Skyler
Bechtel took their doubles matches.

The Eagles wound up the fall season with a 2-3 record in District 4-4A
play, and a 4-6 mark overall. Pecos' next action won't be until next
February, when tournament competition gets underway.

"As far as talent goes, I think we match up with anybody in the
district. We've just got to continue to work on the area of our game we
need to improve on," Torrez said.

Pecos (9/21) at Fort Stockton (9/20)

Boys Singles
David Zuniga lost to P.J. Haney, 2-6, 6-4, 6-1; Jonathan Fuentes
defeated Auden Velasquez, 6-0, 6-4; Mark Marquez defeated Ross Rubio,
6-2, 6-4; Albert Lee defeated Tracy Lockhart, 6-4, 1-6, 6-0; Tye Graham
defeated John Wayne Bailey, 6-2, 6-3; Jeff Lam lost to Curtis
Yarborough, 6-4, 7-5.

Girls Singles
Stephanie Armstrong lost to Amanda Blanco, 6-2, 6-1; Renea Rasberry lost
to Amber Bowen, 6-3, 6-0; Christi Breiten lost to Nicole Holguin, 6-1,
6-2; Nichi Dannelley lost to Christina Sitechan, 6-4, 6-4; Randa Taylor
defeated Tavarez, 6-2, 6-0; Robyn Matthews defeated Fuentes, 6-2, 7-5.

Boys Doubles
Fuentes and Marquez lost to Haney and Velasquez, 1-6, 6-4, 6-1; Zuniga
and Lee defeated Rubio and Lockhart, 6-0, 6-1; Skyler Bechtel and Graham
defeated Bailey and Yarborough, 6-2, 7-5.

Girls Doubles
Taylor and Rasberry lost to Blanco and Bowen, 7-5, 6-1; Armstrong and
Breiten lost to Sitechan and Holguin, 2-6, 6-3, 6-3; Stefanie Pharoah
and Dannelley defeated Tavarez and Falcon, 2-6, 6-4, 6-1.

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