Post by Timothy Simmo » Mon, 29 Sep 1997 04:00:00

INFORMATION SERVICE                               September 27, 1997

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LIHUE, KAUA'I, HI. - Led by top-seeded Lisa Arce and Holly McPeak,
six Evian Pro Beach Volleyball Tour teams remain in contention for
the Best of the Beach IV following play here Saturday (September
26) at Nawiliwili Park.

Arce and McPeak, winners of seven of the previous 11 Evian Tour
events this season, scored two wins Saturday to advance to the Best
of the Beach IV semi-finals along with second-seeded Karolyn Kirby
and Nancy Reno.

Remaining in contention for the $10,000 first-place prize in the
$50,000 Best of the Beach IV are the tandems of third-seeded Barbra
Fontana/Linda Hanley, fourth-seeded Karrie Poppinga/Angela Rock,
sixth-seeded Linda Chisholm/Deb Richardson and ninth-seeded Liz
Masakayan/Elaine Youngs.

Fontana and Hanley, who dropped a 15-7 decision to Arce and McPeak
here last season in the Best of the Beach III finals, open play
Sunday at 9 a.m. (HST) against Masakayan and Youngs with the
winners advancing to the semi-finals against Arce and McPeak at
approximately 11:30 a.m.

Poppinga, the former University of Hawaii All-American, and Rock
are challenged by Chisholm and Richardson at approximately 10 a.m.
Sunday with the winners facing Kirby and Reno in a 12:30 p.m. semi-
final match.

The 12th and final stop on the 1997 Evian Tour, the $50,000 Best of
the Beach IV concludes Sunday at Nawiliwili Park with a 2 p.m.
third-place match followed by the championship finale.

Hosted by the Kaua'i Marriott Resort & Beach Club on Kalapaki
Beach, the $50,000 Best of the Beach IV is co-sponsored by the
County of Kaua'i, the Kaua'i Economic Development Board, the Kaua'i
Visitors Bureau and the Kalapaki Beach Resort Association.

The Best of the Beach IV, the fourth and final "major" event on the
1997 Evian Tour, is being taped by FOX Sports for replay the week
of October 5.

With the two wins Saturday, Arce and McPeak are guaranteed a
fourth-place finish in the Best of the Beach IV to become the
Women's Professional Volleyball Association's second winningest
team ever in terms of money ahead of the former tandem of
Kirby/Masakayan ($405,415) with at least $406,050.

With a least one more FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour event left
this season, Arce and McPeak need only to earn $10,830 in the last
two 1997 events (WPVA/FIVB) to become the winningest United States
team in terms of earning in pro beach volleyball history.

Reno teamed with McPeak to earned $416,880, including $110,000 in
FIVB bonus pool dollars, to set the standard for WPVA teams.  On an
average, Arce and McPeak have a better average per event ($14,872)
as compared to the McPeak/Reno ($12,261) and Kirby/Masakayan

                                     Saturday's Results

Championship bracket, first-round - Lisa Arce, Manhattan Beach,
Calif./Holly McPeak, Manhattan Beach (1) def. Pat Keller, Sarasota,
Fla.-Lake Forest, Ill. (12)/Marla O'Hara, Agoura Hills, Calif., 15-
3; Karrie Poppinga, Mililani, Hi./Angela Rock, Leucadia, Calif. (4)
def. Liz Masakayan, San Diego, Calif./Elaine Youngs, San Diego (9),
15-12; Barbra Fontana, Manhattan Beach/Linda Hanley, Pacific
Palisades, Calif. (3) def. Elaine Roque, Venice, Calif./Dennie
Shupryt-Knoop, Chicago, Ill.-Leucadia, Calif. (7), 15-6; Karolyn
Kirby, Brookline, Mass.-San Diego/Nancy Reno, Glen Ellyn, Ill.-
Encinitas, Calif. (2) def. Linda Chisholm, Van Nuys, Calif./Deb
Richardson, Minneapolis, Minn.-Santa Barbara, Calif. (6), 15-9;
Championship bracket, second-round - Arce/McPeak def.
Poppinga/Rock, 15-11; Kirby/Reno def. Fontana/Hanley, 15-11;
Contender's bracket, first-round (losers eliminated, place seventh,
split $3,000) - Masakayan/Youngs def. Keller/O'Hara, 15-5;
Chisholm/Richardson def. Roque/Shupryt-Knoop, 16-14.

                                      Sunday's Schedule

9 and 10 a.m. - Contender's bracket, second-round:
Masakayan/Youngs vs. Fontana/Hanley; Chisholm/Richardson vs.
Poppinga/Rock; 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. - Beach of the Beach IV
semi-finals: Arce/McPeak vs. Masakayan/Youngs or Fontana/Hanley;
Kirby/Reno vs. Chisholm/Richardson or Poppinga/Rock.