EVIAN TOUR - FONTANA/HANLEY TOP TEAM

EVIAN TOUR - FONTANA/HANLEY TOP TEAM

Post by Timothy Simmo » Sat, 28 Sep 1996 04:00:00

                          BARBRA FONTANA HARRIS & LINDA HANLEY

                        Evian Women's Pro Beach Volleyball Tour's
                                  Top-ranked 1996 team

Since the first weekend in May, 1996, the Olympic tandem of Barbra
Fontana Harris/Linda Hanley have been playing at the "top of their
game".  In their last 14 events together, Fontana Harris and Hanley
have posted five wins along with five seconds, a third, a fourth
and two sevenths in their last 14 events.

Prior to May, Fontana Harris and Hanley had posted three thirds, a
fifth, a seventh and a 13th in the opening six events in 1996,
including four stops on the Evian Women's Pro Beach Volleyball
Tour.

Fontana Harris and Hanley opened the 1996 Evian Tour season by
placing third in both indoor events at Fairfax, Va. (Feb. 3, 0-1
match mark) and New York (Feb. 24, 0-1) by dropping 16-14 decisions
both times to Liz Masakayan and Angela Rock.

After placing seventh in the FIVB Beach Volleyball World
Championship-Series event in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Feb. 27-Mar.
3, 2-2), Fontana Harris and Hanley placed fifth and third,
respectively in the Evian outdoor openers in Deerfield Beach, Fla.
(Apr. 5-7, 3-2) and Puerto Rico (Apr. 27-28, 5-2).  A 13th in
Maceio, Brazil (Apr. 10-14, 1-2) was the pair's worst 1996 finish.

May brought "new life" to the Fontana Harris/Hanley partnership as
the pair scored a 12-11 upset win over top-seeded Karolyn Kirby and
Nancy Reno to win the Evian Hermosa Beach Open (May 5, 6-1 match
mark) before losing to the Kirby/Reno tandem 15-9 in the finals of
the San Diego Open (May 19, 5-2).  

Fontana Harris and Hanley finished third in the Evian Austin Open
(May 31-June 2, 6-2) before winning both of their matches to
capture the Olympic Trials in Baltimore (June 7).

Fontana Harris and Hanley won the Evian U. S. Open in Ocean City,
Md. (June 15-16, 6-0) and finished seventh at the FIVB event in
Hermosa Beach (June 21-23, 3-2) before winning Rhode Island's
Newport Open (June 29-30, 6-0).  
Fontana Harris/Hanley posted a 5-2 mark in the Chicago Open (July
13-14) to finish second.  The pair finished fourth in the 1996
Atlanta Olympic Games (July 23-27, 4-4) after losing the bronze
medal match 12-11 and 12-7 to Australians Natalie Cook and Kerri
Pottharst.

Fontana Harris and Hanley placed second at both the Evian
Invitational (Aug. 8-11, 5-4) and the Evian National Championships
(Aug. 16-18, 5-1).  Fontana Harris and Hanley regained their
winning ways by capturing the Jantzen Pro (Aug. 31-Sept. 1, 5-0).

The Olympic tandem finished the season by finishing second in the
Best of the Beach III in Hawaii (Sept. 13-15, 3-1).

During the streak, Fontana Harris has moved into sixth-place on the
Evian Tour's money list ($196,521.27) while Hanley became the 16th
Evian Tour to earn over $100,000 (currently ranks 14th with
$134,462.50).  The win at the Evian U. S. Open was the second
"major" title for Fontana Harris and first for Hanley.

Fontana Harris and Hanley, who captured their first career event
together in November, 1996, at the FIVB event in Santos, Brazil,
have combined to win six events in 21 starts.  The pair has team to
win $183,075 while capturing 83 of 115 matches (72.2 winning
percentage).

Fontana Harris/Hanley Totals    Points Earnings Stops  1  2  3  4 Best    
W-  L
FIVB Beach/1995-96                 594  $37,100    5   1  0  0  0  1st  
17-  9
Evian Women's Pro Beach/1996       632 $145,975   14   4  5  4  0  1st  
60- 19
Olympics/1996                        0        0    1   0  0  0  1  4th    
4-  4
Other/1996 Olympic Trials            0        0    1   1  0  0  0  1st    
2-  0
     Totals                       1226 $183,075   21   6  5  4  1  1st  
83- 32

                                                  Revised September 26,
1996

                        Barbra Fontana Harris/Linda Hanley's 1996

RANK   (seed)                                                   W-L    
POINTS    MONEY

                          1996 Evian WPVA Tour (#major events)

 3rd   Fairfax, Va. (3)/Feb. 3                                  0-1      
0     $ 8,500
 3rd   New York, N. Y. (3)/Feb. 24                              0-1      
0     $12,750
 5th   Deerfield Beach, Fla. (3)/Apr. 5-7                       3-2      
48     $ 3,000
 3rd   Carolina, P. R. (4)/Apr. 27-28                           5-2      
64     $ 5,700
 1st   Hermosa Beach, Calif. (4)/May 3-5                        6-1      
80     $11,000
 2nd   San Diego, Calif. (4)/May 18-19                          5-2      
72     $ 7,000
 3rd   Austin, Tex. (3)/May 31-June 2                           6-2      
64     $ 5,000
 1st   #Ocean City, Md. (2)/June 14-16                          6-0      
80     $20,000
 1st   Newport, R. I. (2)/June 29-30                            6-0      
80     $ 9,400
 2nd   Chicago, Ill. (2)/July 13-14                             5-2      
72     $11,400
 ---   Long Beach, Calif./July 13-14                             -        
-        -
 2nd   #New York, No. Y. (1)/Aug. 8-11                          5-4      
0     $14,025
 2nd   #Huntington Beach, Calif. (1)/Aug. 16-18                 5-1      
72     $15,200
 1st   Portland, Ore. (1)/Aug. 31-Sept. 1                       5-0      
0     $11,000
 2nd   #Lihue, Kaua'i, Hi. (1)/Sept. 13-15                      3-1      
0     $12,000

Evian Women's Pro Beach Volleyball Tour: Fontana Harris/Hanley - 1996 top-

ranked team; one of three teams to play in all events, 14 events (the
other
two were Elaine Roque/Dennie Shupryt-Knoop, 13 events; Marie
Andersson/Pat Keller, 12 events).  Hanley - 1996 Top Hitter/Offensive
player; Ranked second in kills/cumulative (968) and blocks/cumulative
(71); third in
attacks/cumulative (1,574); fourth in digs/cumulative (451); fifth in
kills/average (12.6 per match); sixth in blocks/average (0.9 per match),
seventh in attacks/average (20.4 per match), assists/average (11.7 per
match) and digs/average (5.9 per match); eighth in points on
serve/cumulative (107), ninth in service winners/cumulative (487) and
10th
in hitting percentage (.496).  Fontana Harris - Ranked first in service
winners/cumulative (601) and digs/cumulative (515), second in
attacks/cumulative (1,582) and service winners/average (7.8 per match),
third in kills/cumulative (946), assists/average (11.9 per match) and
digs/average (6.7 per match); fourth in hitting percentage (.509); sixth
in
attacks/average (20.5 per match); and eighth in kills/average (12.3 per
match) and aces/cumulative (46).

                   1996 United States Olympic Beach Volleyball Trials

RANK   (seed)                                                   W-L    
POINTS    MONEY

 1st   Baltimore, Md. (1)/June 7                                2-0      
0     $     0

                 1995-96 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championship-Series

RANK   (seed)                                                   W-L    
POINTS    MONEY

 1st   Santos, Brazil (6), Nov. 14-19, 1995                     8-1      
50     $10,000
 7th   *Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (4)/
        Feb. 27-Mar. 3, 1996                                    2-2      
20     $ 6,000

                  1996 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championship-Series

     MONEY +
RANK   (seed)                                                   W-L    
POINTS    BONUS

13th   Maceio, Brazil (5)/Apr. 10-14                            1-2      
84     $ 1,600
 7th   Hermosa Beach, Calif. (8)/June 21-23                     3-2      
140    $ 6,000
 4th   1996 Atlanta Olympics (4)/July 23-27                     4-4      
 0    $     0
 7th   Carolina, Puerto Rico (17)/Sept. 6-8                     3-2      
300    $13,500
 TBD   Sao Paulo, Brazil, Nov. 7-10                              -        
-        -
 TBD   Lombok, Indonesia, Nov. 22-24                             -        
-        -

*FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships