EVIAN TOUR - JUNE VISIT TO IRVING

EVIAN TOUR - JUNE VISIT TO IRVING

Post by Timothy Simmo » Sat, 31 May 1997 04:00:00

INFORMATION SERVICE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .May 30,
1997-7:53am
WOMEN'S PROFESSIONAL VOLLEYBALL ASSOCIATION

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WOMEN'S PRO BEACH VOLLEYBALL RETURNS TO METROPLEX FOR MID-JUNE EVENT

EL SEGUNDO, CALIF. - The Evian Women's Pro Beach Volleyball Tour
returns to the Metroplex June 13-15 for the $50,000 Evian Open on
Mustang Beach at Las Colinas in Irving, Tex.

Sanctioned by the Women's Professional Volleyball Association, the
Evian Open held its first Metroplex event in 1995 on Mustang Beach
at Las Colinas when Karolyn Kirby and Liz Masakayan upset 1996
Olympians Holly McPeak and Nancy Reno 15-13 in the finals.

The three-day Evian Open is a "modified" double-elimination event.
Depending on the number of entries, a qualifying session is
scheduled for 8 a.m. (CDT) June 13 on Mustang Beach at Las Colinas
to determine the final four seeded tandems in the 32-team main
draw.

Championship competition starts at 1 p.m. June 13 and 9 a.m. June
14.  Twelve (12) teams advance to competition June 15 starting at
8 a.m.  The final four starts at 11:30 a.m. June 15 with the
tournament finale set for 3 p.m.

Echo Entertainment of Encino, Calif., will be taping the Evian Open
for distribution via FOX Sports and its regional outlets.  The
event will be aired the week of June 15.  For more information on
the Evian Tour, please telephone 1-800-393-WPVA.

Tickets for the Evian Open on Mustang Beach in Las Colinas are now
on sale through Ticketmaster (214/373-8000 or 972/647-5700).  There
is no admission charge for June 13's qualifying and opening
championship bracket competition.

A general admission ticket for both June 14 and June 15 costs $10.
A two-day reserved courtside seating pass is $30 (includes WPVA
Beach Survival Kit - event tee-shirt, visor, hair care, souvenir
program, Evian water, local sponsor item).

Reserved courtside seating is $15 for June 14 and $20 for June 15
(includes souvenir program and Evian water).  Walk-up general
admission is $5 for June 14 and $8 for June 15.

Lisa Arce and Holly McPeak are the Evian Tour top-ranked tandem
after winning three of the first four events this season in Miami
Beach, Fla. (April 6), Deerfield Beach, Fla. (April 20) and Austin,
Tex. (May 18).

Ranked third internationally on the FIVB Beach Volleyball World
Tour, the Arce/McPeak tandem have defeated three different teams
for Evian Tour titles.  Arce and McPeak rallied from 7-3 and 12-8
deficits to down Karolyn Kirby and Nancy Reno 15-12 for the Miami
Beach title.

Arce and McPeak, who have teamed to win six of the last eight Evian
Tour events, scored a 15-9 win over Gail Castro and Gayle Stammer
to capture the Deerfield Beach stop.  After finishing fifth in Lake
Buena Vista, Fla., May 11, Arce and McPeak scored an 18-16 win over
Olympians Barbra Fontana and Linda Hanley in the Austin finale.

With the three wins, Arce and McPeak are ranked ahead of the Evian
Tour tandems of Kirby/Reno and Fontana/Hanley, who held the top
ranking entering the 1997 season.  Karrie Poppinga and Angela Rock
are currently ranked fourth on the WPVA list after posting third-
place finishes in the last two events at Lake Buena Vista and
Austin.

Reno is expected to return for the Evian Open on Mustang Beach at
Las Colinas as she missed the last Evian Tour event in San Diego
(May 30-June 1) due to a right shoulder injury.

The top blocker on the 1995 and 1996 Evian Women's Pro Beach
Volleyball Tour, Reno hurt her right shoulder during a fall in a
match May 18 at the Emerald Point Pro Volleyball Club on Lake
Travis in Austin, Tex.

Reno was able to complete the Austin competition, but the stiffness
in her shoulder did not respond to treatment and she  elected to
skip the San Diego stop.

Poppinga and Rock join Arce and McPeak as the WPVA's top-two teams
on the FIVB circuit.  Arce and McPeak have finished second and
third in the first two international events in 1997 at Brazil and
Australia.  Poppinga and Rock were fourth in Australia.

The WPVA's most valuable player and top defender the past two
seasons, McPeak earned $150,625 in 23 domestic and international
events in 1996.  McPeak's $88,025 in WPVA 1996 earnings set a
single-season mark.

McPeak, who finished fifth in the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games with
Reno, won nine (five with current partner Arce) overall events in
1996 with one second, seven thirds and three fourths.  A winner of
19 Evian Tour events since the start of the 1995 season, McPeak has
earned $333,175 in her past 52 professional events, including
$165,325 domestically.

Hanley, who was the Evian Tour's top hitter last season, teamed
with Fontana to finish fourth in the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games
after dropping the bronze medal match to Natalie Cook and Keri
Pottharst of Australia.  The Fontana/Hanley tandem finished the
1996 season as the top-ranked Evian Tour team as the pair won four
of 14 domestic events together with five seconds.

Other award winners from last season returning in 1997 are Krista
Blomquist (most improved), Lynda Johnson (rookie-of-the-year),
Kirby (best setter), Reno (top blocker), Angela Rock (top server),
Elaine Roque (sportwomanship) and Dennie Shupryt-Knoop (most
inspirational).

Kirby, the WPVA's winningest player ever ($432,884.13 in earnings,
59 event titles and 582 match wins), and Reno both had off-season
shoulder surgeries.  Reno, the top-ranked player on the 1995-96
international tour, has combined with Kirby to win eight pro beach
titles, including a championship at the ***genics Open May 11 at
Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

                                   SAN DIEGO NOW!

The Evian Women's Pro Beach Volleyball Tour is in San Diego, Calif.
this weekend (May 30-June 1) for the $50,000 Mercedes-Benz Open
Presented by ***genics.  The three-day event opens with
qualifying Friday (May 30) and concludes with the championship
match Sunday (June 1) at 3 p.m. (PDT).

                              1997 Evian Money Leaders

Here are the money leaders after four of 14 Evian Tour events (1997
event titles):

T  1 Lisa Arce (3). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
$19,400.00
T  1 Holly McPeak (3) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
19,400.00
T  3 Karolyn Kirby (1). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
14,460.00
T  3 Nancy Reno (1) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
14,460.00
T  5 Barbra Fontana . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
 9,097.50
T  5 Gayle Stammer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
 9,097.50
T  7 Karrie Poppinga. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
 8,002.50
T  7 Angela Rock. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
 8,002.50
T  9 Elaine Roque . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
 6,950.00
T  9 Dennie Shupryt-Knoop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
 6,950.00
T 11 Danalee Bragado. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
 6,720.00
T 11 Christine Schaefer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
 6,720.00

                              1997 Evian Tour Schedule

April 4-6 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Miami Beach, Fla.
(Arce/McPeak)
April 18-20 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Deerfield Beach, Fla.
(Arce/McPeak)
May 8-11. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
(Kirby/Reno)
May 16-18 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Austin, Tex.
(Arce/McPeak)
May 30-June 1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .San
Diego, Calif.
June 13-15. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Dallas, Tex.

                      Past Evian Open Results at Mustang Beach

1995 (Evian Tour Event No. 117, May 26-28) - 1, Karolyn Kirby/Liz
Masakayan; 2, Holly McPeak/Nancy Reno; 3, Deb Richardson/Dennie
Shupryt-Knoop; 4, Linda Hanley/Angela Rock.

                             1997 WPVA Austin Open Recap

Top-seeded Lisa Arce and Holly McPeak captured their third Evian
Tour title of 1997 by downing third-seeded Barbra Fontana and Linda
Hanley 18-16 to share the $11,000 first-place prize at the $50,000
WPVA Austin Open at the Emerald Point Pro Beach Volleyball Club on
Lake Travis near Austin, Tex. May 18.  Arce and McPeak, who
finished fifth at the ***genics Open May 11 at Lake Buena Vista,
Fla., won the second-longest championship finale in Evian Tour
history in the 84 side-out, 74-minute match. The win was Arce and
McPeak's eighth pro beach volleyball win together.  Arce and McPeak
advanced to the finals with a 15-7 win over fifth-seeded Karrie
Poppinga and Angela Rock.  Fontana and Hanley, who shared $8,100
for second-place, earned a spot in the finals with a 15-13 win over
fourth-seeded Elaine Roque and Dennie Shupryt-Knoop.  It was the
fifth time that the two teams were matched against each other in a
championship finale with Arce and McPeak winning four times in
title meetings against Fontana and Hanley.