KIRBY/RENO CAPTURE SAN DIEGO OPEN BEACH EVENT AS OLYMPIC TRIALS LOOM
SAN DIEGO - Top-seeded Karolyn Kirby and Nancy Reno scored three-
straight wins here Sunday (May 19) to capture the Evian Women's Pro
Beach Volleyball Tour event at Mariner's Point.
The San Diego Open winners split the $9,400 first-place prize as
Kirby and Reno defeated fourth-seeded Barbra Fontana Harris and
Linda Hanley 15-9 in the title match.
The win was the second Sunday over the Fontana Harris/Hanley tandem
as Kirby and Reno downed their rivals 15-4 in the championship
Kirby and Reno, who captured their fourth Evian Tour title
together, avenged a heart-breaking 12-11 loss to Fontana Harris and
Hanley in the Olympic Crossing finals of the Evian Hermosa Beach
Open May 5.
Fontana Harris and Hanley, who shared $7,000 for third-place,
advanced to the title match with a pair of Sunday wins over third-
seeded Liz Masakayan and Angela Rock (15-3) and second-seeded Lisa
Arce and Holly McPeak (15-9).
Arce and McPeak, who won last month's event in Puerto Rico,
captured third for the second-straight event with their 15-10
triumph over sixth-seeded Elaine Roque and Dennie Shupryt-Knoop.
The third-place finishers shared $5,000.
Kirby, who has now won a record 57 Evian Tour titles, also captured
her fifth San Diego Open title after capturing the 1991 and 1992
crowns with Rock and the 1993 and 1994 titles with Masakayan.
Combined with her third-place finish in the 1990 San Diego event
with Patty Dodd, Kirby has won 38 of 42 matches in San Diego,
including 26-straight from 1991 through three matches in 1995
Reno, who captured her 15 Evian Tour title, teamed with McPeak to
win the 1995 San Diego Open by defeating Hanley and Rock 15-10 in
the finals. Kirby finished third last season with Masakayan.
The San Diego Open, the fourth of 14 outdoor stops on the 1996
Evian Tour, was the final event used in determining the seedings
for the United States Olympic Beach Volleyball Trials. Seedings
for the June 4-9 Olympic Trials in Baltimore, Md., will be
announced Tuesday by USA Volleyball.
Led by Fontana Harris and Hanley, 11 teams from the Evian Tour will
vie for the remaining two spots on the 1996 United States Olympic
Beach Volleyball Team.
McPeak and Reno have earned a spot in the 18-team 1996 Atlanta
Olympic Games women's beach field by finishing as the top-rated
United States tandem on the 1995-96 FIVB circuit by winning six of
The second berth on the United States Olympic Beach Volleyball Team
will be determined June 7 in a 4:30 p.m. (EDT) match at the
Harborview Complex in Baltimore. The third spot will be determined
June 9 in a 12 p.m. match.
Fontana Harris and Hanley earned an automatic spot in the Olympic
Trials Final Four June 7-9 by finishing as the second-ranked United
States team on the 1995-96 FIVB Beach Volleyball World
The other 10 teams will compete June 4-5 for the other three spots
in the Olympic Trials' final four. The preliminary rounds will
feature a double-elimination format with two teams from the
winner's bracket and one team from the loser's bracket advancing to
the Final Four.
Competing together in the preliminary rounds of the Olympic Trials
will be Marie Andersson/Monique Oliver, Arce/Kirby, Krista
Blomquist/Wendy Fletcher, Danalee Bragado/Marla O'Hara, Gail
Castro/Deb Richardson, Erin Deiters/Desiree Leipham, Janice
Harrer/Gayle Stammer, Liz Masakayan/Angela Rock, Karrie
Poppinga/Christine Schaefer and Roque/Shupryt-Knoop. Here are
Sunday's results from the San Diego Open:
Championship bracket, semi-finals - Karolyn Kirby, Brookline,
Mass./Nancy Reno, Glen Ellyn, Ill. (No. 1-seeded) def. Barbra
Fontana Harris, Laguna Beach, Calif./Linda Hanley, Pacific
Palisades, Calif. (4), 15-4; Lisa Arce, Manhattan Beach,
Calif./Holly McPeak, Manhattan Beach, Calif. (2) def. Elaine Roque,
Malibu, Calif./Dennie Shupryt-Knoop, Chicago (6), 16-14.
Contender's bracket, fourth-round (losers eliminated, place ninth,
split $1,100) - Krista Blomquist, Branford, Conn./Wendy Fletcher,
Manhattan Beach, Calif. (11) def. Gail Castro, Carlsbad, Calif./Deb
Richardson, Minneapolis, Minn. (5), 16-14; Karrie Poppinga,
Mililani, Hi./Christine Schaefer, Florence, Ky. (8) def. Danalee
Bragado, Honolulu, Hi./Patty Dodd, El Segundo, Calif. (7), 15-13;
Marla O'Hara, Agoura Hills, Calif./Ali Wood, Redondo Beach, Calif.
(9) def. Janice Harrer, Honolulu, Hi./Gayle Stammer, San Antonio,
Tex. (10), 15-10; Liz Masakayan, San Diego/Angela Rock, Carlsbad,
Calif. (3) def. Kristi Atkinson, San Juan Capistrano, Calif./Jen
Wrightson, San Diego (21), 15-3.
Contender's bracket, fifth-round (losers eliminated, place seventh,
split $1,600) - Poppinga/Schaefer def. Blomquist/Fletcher, 15-12;
Masakayan/Rock def. O'Hara/Wood, 15-2.
Contender's bracket, quarter-finals (losers eliminated, place
fifth, split $2,400) - Roque/Shupryt-Knoop def. Poppinga/Schaefer,
15-9; Fontana Harris/Hanley def. Masakayan/Rock, 15-3.
Olympic Crossing, semi-finals - Kirby/Reno def. Roque/Shupryt-
Knoop, 15-12; Fontana Harris/Hanley def. Arce/McPeak, 15-9.
Olympic Crossing, consolation (winners place third, split $5,000;
losers place fourth, split $3,400) - Arce/McPeak def.
Olympic Crossing, championship (winners place first, split $9,400;
losers place second, split $7,000) - Kirby/Reno def. Fontana
EVIAN AUSTIN OPEN NEXT
The Evian Women's Pro Beach Volleyball Tour returns to Austin,
Tex., May 31-June 2 for the sixth-straight season for the Evian
Austin Open. The Emerald Point on Lake Travis event is the seventh
of 16 stops on the 1996 Evian Tour as the domestic circuit's top
players prepare for the the United States Olympic Beach Volleyball
Trials June 4-9 in Baltimore, Md.
San Diego Open
May 18-19, 1996 at Mariner's Point, San Diego, Calif.
TEAM (seed) W-L POINTS
1st Karolyn Kirby\Nancy Reno (1) 6-0 80 $9,
2nd Barbra Fontana Harris\Linda Hanley (4) 5-2 72 $7,
3rd Lisa Arce\Holly McPeak (2) 5-1 64 $5,
4th Elaine Roque\Dennie Shupryt-Knoop (6) 4-3 56 $3,
5th Karrie Poppinga\Christine Schaefer (8) 4-2 48 $2,
Liz Masakayan\Angela Rock (3) 4-2 48 $2,
7th Krista Blomquist\Wendy Fletcher (11) 4-2 40 $1,
Marla O'Hara\Ali Wood (9) 4-2 40 $1,
9th Gail Castro\Deb Richardson (5) 2-2 32 $1,
Danalee Bragado\Patty Dodd (7) 3-2 32 $1,
Janice Harrer\Gayle Stammer (10) 2-2 32 $1,
Kristi Atkinson\Jen Wrightson (21) 3-2 32 $1,
13th Kengelin Gardiner\Nancy Mason (17) 2-2 24
Samantha Shaver\Wendy Stammer (29) 2-2 24
Stephanie Nelson\Liz Pagano (16) 2-2 24
Marie Andersson\Pat Keller (13) 2-2 24
17th Erin Deiters\Lynda Johnson (19) 1-2 16
Rhonda Kottke\Veronica Sanchez (24) 1-2 16
Jackie Campbell\Leanne Schuster (12) 1-2 16
Alissa Evans-Lund\Monique Oliver (15) 1-2 16
Alicia Chung\Shana Wilson (30) 1-2 16
Mary Baily\Shaney Fink (27) 1-2 16
Lael Perlstrom-Fresenius\Kristen Schritter (2 1-2 16
Laurie Ruser\Wendy Whiting (31) 1-2 16
25th Jeanette Kollasch\Julie Sprague (32) 0-2 8
Jackie Auzias de Turenne\Barbara Belding (25) 0-2 8
Stacy Kammes\Amy Peistrup-Matthews (28) 0-2 8
Laura Martin\Beth Schuler (20) 0-2 8
Michal Clingman\Valinda Hilleary (14) 0-2 8
Marsha Miller\Darina Staneva (22) 0-2 8
Nancy Brookhart\Desiree Leipham (26) 0-2 8
Evelyn Conley\Michelle Morse (18) 0-2 8
Totals 62-62 864 $40,000
Qualifying Totals 16-16 22 $ 0
TEAM (seed) W-L POINTS
Q Samatha Shaver\Wendy Stammer (29) 2-0 0
Q Alicia Chung\Shana Wilson (30) 2-0 0
Q Laurie Ruser\Wendy Whiting (32) 2-1 0
Q Jeanette Kollasch\Julie Sprague (31) 2-1 0
33rd Deanne Johnson\Shannon Nembeck (37) 2-2 4
33rd Karen Helyer\Caroline Krattli (39) 3-2 4
35th Julie James\Samantha Meador (36) 1-2 4
35th Sharma Grant\Monica Holmes (34) 1-2 4
37th Shannon Misek\Gina Pillitiere (33) 0-2 2
37th Liz Burke\Kathy Ross (35) 1-2 2
37th Megan Anvorich\Stacy Stanich (38) 0-2 2
Revised May 19,