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WOMEN'S PROFESSIONAL VOLLEYBALL ASSOCIATION
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TOP FOUR BEACH VOLLEYBALL SEEDS ADVANCE IN OCEAN PACIFIC U. S. OPEN
HUNTINGTON BEACH, CALIF. - It was business as usual here Saturday
(June 28) as the top four seeded teams won as expected during the
second-day of competition in the 10th annual $60,000 Ocean Pacific
U. S. Open at The Pier.
Twelve (12) remain in the contention for the $13,200 first-place
prize when play resumes at 8 a.m. (PDT) Sunday on four courts south
of the Huntington Beach Pier. A total of 41 teams entered the
eighth of 14 events on the 1997 Evian Women's Pro Beach Volleyball
Tour for the largest main draw field in the 10-plus season history
of the Women's Professional Volleyball Association.
The $60,000 Ocean Pacific U. S. Open, the first of four "major"
events on the Evian Tour, continues through Sunday's 3 p.m. when
ABC Sports tapes the tournament finale for replay July 5. The
Ocean Pacific U. S. Open semi-finals are scheduled for 11:30 a.m.
Top-seeded Lisa Arce and Holly McPeak, who have won five of the
seven Evian Tour titles this season, advanced to the first of two
championship bracket semi-final matches Sunday at 9 a.m. by
defeating eighth-seeded Krista Blomquist and Christine Schaefer 15-
The Arce/McPeak tandem will be trying to win their fourth-straight
Evian Tour "grand slam" event Sunday as the pair closed out the
1996 Evian Tour campaign by winning the grand slam titles at the
eight-team Evian Invitational, the Evian National Championships and
the Best of the Beach III.
Arce and McPeak face fourth-seeded Karrie Poppinga and Angela Rock
first thing Sunday with the winner advancing to the tournament
semi-final. Poppinga and Rock broke from a 10-10 tie with 12th-
seeded Marla O'Hara and Ali Wood 15-10 for their second win
Sunday's other championship bracket semi-final match pits third-
seeded Barbra Fontana and Linda Hanley against second-seeded
Karolyn Kirby and Nancy Reno, who have two Evian Tour titles to
their credit this season.
Fontana and Hanley advanced with a 15-11 win over sixth-seeded
Linda Chisholm and Deb Richardson while Kirby and Reno downed
seventh-seeded Natalie Cook and Kerri Pottharst 15-8. Kirby and
Reno won the last Evian Tour stop by defeating Arce and McPeak 15-
11 in the finals at Atlantic City, N. J.
Fontana and Hanley were the last team outside of Arce and McPeak to
win an Evian Tour grand slam title as the pair won 1996's first
"major" event by capturing the Ocean Pacific U. S. Open crown in
Ocean City, Md. (June 16) by downing Janice Harrer and Gayle
Stammer 15-11 in the title match.
Fontana and Hanley then dropped the title matches in the next three
1996 "majors" to Arce and McPeak, including a 15-6 at the Evian
Invitational, 13-12 in the Evian National Championships and 15-7 in
the Best of the Beach III.
Cook and Pottharst, who captured the bronze medal for Australia at
the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games, lead the other eight teams into
Sunday's opening elimination matches. The fifth-ranked team on the
FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour, the Aussies opened Saturday's
play with a 16-14 come-from-behind win over 10th-seeded Maike
Friedrichsen and Danja Musch of Germany.
Friedrichsen and Musch, who are ranked eighth on the FIVB circuit,
were eliminated from the Ocean Pacific U. S. Open after dropping a
15-6 decision to 15th-seeded Liz Masakayan and Elaine Youngs, who
are playing in only their second Evian Tour event after finishing
third two weeks ago in Irving, Tex.
O'Hara and Wood, who scored a 15-6 win over fifth-seeded Elaine
Roque and Dennie Shupryt-Knoop earlier Saturday, face 14th-seeded
Lynda Johnson and Jeanne Reeves in an opening elimination match
Sunday while Masakayan and Youngs face Blomquist and Schaefer.
Cook and Pottharst face 16th-seeded Valinda Hilleary and Monique
Oliver in another elimination match to open Sunday's play while
Roque and Shupryt-Knoop face Chisholm and Richardson.
Evelyn Conley and Liz Pagano, who were seeded 23th, scored
Saturday's biggest "upset" by eliminating ninth-seeded Gail Castro
and Gayle Stammer 15-8. Conley and Pagano dropped a 15-7
elimination match to Hilleary and Oliver to finish 13th.
OCEAN PACIFIC U. S. OPEN RESULTS/SCHEDULE
HUNTINGTON BEACH, CALIF. - Here are Saturday's (June 28) results
from The Pier for the 10th annual Ocean Pacific U. S. Open, the
first four grand slam events on the 1997 Evian Women's Pro Beach
Volleyball Tour (seed).
Championship bracket, third-round - Lisa Arce, Manhattan Beach,
Calif./Holly McPeak, Manhattan Beach, Calif. (1) def. Valinda
Hilleary, Littleton, Colo./Monique Oliver, Santa Monica, Calif.
(16), 15-5; Krista Blomquist, Branford, Ct./Christine Schaefer,
Florence, Ky. (8) vs. Gail Castro, Cardiff by the Sea, Calif./Gayle
Stammer, San Antonio, Tex. (9), 15-2; Marla O'Hara, Agoura Hills,
Calif./Ali Wood, Redondo Beach, Calif. (12) def. Elaine Roque,
Malibu, Calif./Dennie Shupryt-Knoop, Chicago, Ill. (5), 15-6;
Karrie Poppinga, Mililani, Hi./Angela Rock, Leucadia, Calif. (4)
def. Jennifer Meredith, Del Mar, Calif./Leanne Schuster, Mesa,
Ariz. (13), 15-7; Barbra Fontana, Manhattan Beach, Calif./Linda
Hanley, Pacific Palisades, Calif. (3) def. Lynda Johnson, Gresham,
Ore./Jeanne Reeves, San Diego, Calif. (14), 15-8; Linda Chisholm,
Van Nuys, Calif./Deb Richardson, Minneapolis, Minn. (6) def.
Danalee Bragado, Honolulu, Hi./Pat Keller, Sarasota, Fla. (11), 15-
6; Natalie Cook, Brisbane, Australia/Kerri Pottharst, Adelaide,
Australia (7) def. Maike Friedrichsen, Munster, Germany/Danja
Musch, Munster, Germany (10), 15-6; Karolyn Kirby, Brookline,
Mass./Nancy Reno, Glen Ellyn, Ill. (2) def. Liz Masakayan, San
Diego, Calif./Elaine Youngs, El Toro, Calif. (15), 15-4.
Championship bracket, quarter-finals - Arce/McPeak def.
Blomquist/Schaefer, 15-8; Poppinga/Rock def. O'Hara/Wood, 15-10;
Fontana/Hanley def. Chisholm/Richardson, 15-11; Kirby/Reno def.
Contender's bracket, first-round (losers eliminated, place 33rd) -
Jennifer Marzahl, Newport Beach, Calif./Gina Pillitiere, Akron,
Ohio (29) def. Julia Celotto, Eureka, Calif./Veronica Sanchez,
Santa Monica, Calif. (33), 15-0; Mary Baily, Calabasas,
Calif./Helen Reale, New York, N. Y. (21) def. Elaine Cooke,
Torrance, Calif./Kristi Siegel, Manhattan Beach, Calif. (41), 15-1;
Shaney Fink, Los Angeles, Calif./Julie Sprague, Walnut Creek,
Calif. (28) def. Kathleen Luciano, Venice, Calif./Sharon Rhodes,
Los Angeles, Calif. (40), 15-4; Erin Deiters, Green Bay, Wisc./Amy
Matthews, Gurnee, Ill. (25) def. Krystal Attwood, Manhattan Beach,
Calif./Desiree Leipham, Reardon, Wash. (37), 15-12; Valerie
Duringer, Redondo Beach, Calif./Kristy Innocent, Dana Points,
Calif. (32) def. Tiffany Jestadt, Paradise Valley, Ariz./Cherry
Simpkins, Torrance, Calif. (36), 15-5; Deanna Johnson, San Diego,
Calif./Corey Williams, Hillsboro, Tex. (34) def. Bonnie Levin,
Miami, Fla./Sandy Matthes, St. Louis, Mo. (35), 15-8; Stacey
Kammes, Winfield, Ill./Shana Wilson, Los Angeles, Calif. (26) def.
JB, Haley, Idaho/Maggie Philgence, St. Lucia Castries, V. I. (38),
15-0; Carrie Busch, Milwaukee, Wisc./Michelle Morse, Central Point,
Ore. (27) def. Kim Blankinship, Torrance, Calif./Jennifer Loftis,
Redondo Beach, Calif. (39), 15-5; Laurie Ruser, Ogallala,
Neb./Lynda Street, Jupiter, Fla. (30) def. Shannon Misek, Denver,
Colo./Carrie Romer, Arvada, Colo. (31), 15-13.
Contender's bracket, second-round (losers eliminated, place 25th) -
Rhonda Kottke, Minneapolis, Minn./Darina Staneva, Las Vegas, Nev.
(20) def. Marzahl/Pillitiere, 15-0; Baily/Reale vs. Fink/Sprague;
Ana Franca, Los Angeles, Calif./Marsha Miller, Henrietta, N. Y.
(24) def. Deiters/Matthews, 15-11; Janice Harrer, Honolulu,
Hi./Nancy Mason, Belleville, Ill. (17) def. Duringer/Innocent, 15-
1; Jackie Campbell, Santa Barbara, Calif./C***te Roach, Santa
Barbara, Calif. (18) def. D. Johnson/Williams, 15-4; Evelyn Conley,
Playa del Rey, Calif./Liz Pagano, Seattle, Wash. (23) def.
Kammes/Wilson, 15-9; Busch/Morse def. Julie James, Houston,
Tex./Jeanette Kollasch, Palatine, Ill. (22), 15-13; Alicia Chung,
Capitola, Calif./Beth Schuler, Grosse Point, Mich. (19) def.
Ruser/Street, 15-6. Contender's bracket, third-round (losers
eliminated, place 17th) - L. Johnson/Reeves def. Kottke/Staneva,
15-4; Bragado/Keller def. Fink/Sprague, 15-8; Friedrichsen/Musch
vs. Franca/Miller; Masakayan/Youngs def. Harrer/Mason, 15-8;
Hilleary/Oliver def. Campbell/Roach, 15-13; Conley/Pagano def.
Castro/Stammer, 15-8; Roque/Shupryt-Knoop def. Busch/Morse, 15-4;
Meredith/Schuster def. Chung/Schuler, 15-10. Contender's bracket,
fourth-round (losers eliminated, place 13th, split $1,215) - L.
Johnson/Reeves def. Bragado/Keller, 15-11; Masakayan/Youngs def.
Friedrichsen/Musch, 15-6; Hilleary/Oliver def. Conley/Pagano, 15-7;
Roque/Shupryt-Knoop def. Meredith/Schuster, 15-10.
Here's Sunday's (June 29) schedule: Contender's bracket, fourth-
round (8 a.m. PDT, losers eliminated, place ninth, split $1,890) -
L. Johnson/Reeves vs. O'Hara/Wood; Masakayan/Youngs vs.
Blomquist/Schaefer; Hilleary/Oliver vs. Cook/Pottharst;
Roque/Shupryt-Knoop vs. Chisholm/Richardson; Championship bracket,
semi-finals ( 9 a.m., winners advance to Olympic Crossing semi-
finals) - Arce/McPeak vs. Poppinga/Rock; Fontana/Hanley vs.
Cook/Pottharst or Kirby/Reno. Contender's bracket, fifth-round
(9:30 a.m., losers eliminated, place seventh, split $2,850);
Contender's bracket, sixth-round (10:30 a.m., winners advance to
Olympic Crossing semi-finals, place 5th, split $3,800); Olympic
Crossing semi-finals (11:30 a.m.); Olympic Crossing consolation
(winners place third, split $6,840; losers place fourth; split
$4,920); Olympic Crossing championship (winners place first, split
$13,200; losers place second, split $9,720).
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