Post by Timothy Simmo » Sun, 09 Jun 1996 04:00:00


BALTIMORE, MD. - Gail Castro and Deb Richardson advanced to the
final qualification match in the United States Women's Beach
Volleyball Olympic Trials after defeating Janice Harrer and Gayle
Stammer here Saturday (June 8).

Castro and Richardson trailed only once in the match (0-1) as they
moved from a 5-4 lead to score the final 10 matches of the game to
eliminate Harrer and Stammer 15-4 at the HarborView Complex.

Elaine Roque and Dennie Shupryt-Knoop, who dropped a 16-14 decision
to Barbra Fontana Harris and Linda Hanley Friday in the first
Olympic qualification match, meet Castro and Richardson at 12 p.m.
(EDT) Sunday to determine the third berth on the United States
Olympic Beach Volleyball Team.

Sunday's meeting will be the third this season as the beach pairs
split two matches earlier this season in Deerfield Beach, Fla. and
Puerto Rico.  The match also features former partners as Castro and
Roque played 43 career pro events while Richardson and Knoop played
in 29 tournaments together.

In head-to-head meetings between the two teams, Castro and Roque
won 10 of 17 matches against Richardson and Shupryt-Knoop.  Castro
and Roque had a 176-91 match mark together with 27 final four
finishes, including an international win in Puerto Rico in 1994.

Richardson and Shupryt-Knoop, who posted a fourth in last year's
international event in Hermosa Beach, Calif., had a 116-66 match
mark together with 16 final four finishes.

Sunday's winner joins the tandems of Fontana Harris/Hanley and
Holly McPeak/Nancy Reno on the United States Olympic Beach
Volleyball Team in the 18-team Olympic beach competition July 23-28
at Atlanta Beach in Clayton County, Ga.  McPeak and Reno secured
the No. 1 spot on the United States Olympic Beach Volleyball Team
by finishing as the top ranked tandem from the United States on the
FIVB tour.

Here are Saturday's results for the United States Olympic Beach
Volleyball Trials along with remaining match schedule.
Qualification Contender's Bracket, first-round (losers eliminated,
place fourth) - Gail Castro, Carlsbad, Calif./Deb Richardson, Santa
Barbara, Calif. def. Janice Harrer, Honolulu, Hi./Gayle Stammer,
San Antonio, Tex, 15-4.  Qualification Contender's Bracket, second-
round (Sunday, 12 p.m.; winners place second and earn a berth on
the United States Olympic Beach Volleyball Team; losers eliminated,
place third) - Roque/Shupryt-Knoop vs. Castro/Richardson.

                               EVIAN U. S. OPEN NEXT

The Evian Women's Pro Beach Volleyball Tour will resume competition
June 14-16 on Dorchester Beach in Ocean City, Md. for the $100,000
Evian U. S. Open.  The event is the first of four "major" events on
the 1996 Evian Tour.