Post by Timothy Simmo » Fri, 21 Jun 1996 04:00:00


HERMOSA BEACH, CALIF. - The Evian Women's Pro Beach Volleyball Tour
tandems of Karrie Poppinga/Christine Schaefer, Janice Harrer/Gayle
Stammer and Krista Blomquist/Wendy Fletcher scored wins for the
United States here Thursday (June 20) to advance main draw for this
weekend's FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championship-Series event at
The Pier.

The three qualifiers join five other teams from the Evian Tour in
the 32-team main draw as play opens Friday at 9 a.m.  Final
seedings for the international event will be determined Thursday

Olympic tandems of Holly McPeak/Nancy Reno, Barbra Fontana
Harris/Linda Hanley and Gail Castro/Deb Richardson head the United
States women into the competition along with the teams of Liz
Masakayan/Angela Rock and Lisa Arce/Karolyn Kirby.  

McPeak and Reno are currently seeded second in the FIVB event this
weekend behind Brazilians Sandra Pires and Jackie Silva, who have
won the last three international events in Brazil.  Masakayan and
Rock are seeded seventh in the competition while Fontana Harris and
Hanley, who won last weekend's Evian U. S. Open in Ocean City, Md.,
are seeded eighth.

Arce and Kirby are seeded 10th in the main draw while Castro and
Richardson have to await the qualification results to determine
their seeding after receiving a "wild card" into the main draw.

Poppinga/Schaefer, who earned a spot in the main draw by defeating
Harrer/Stammer 15-2 early Thursday, won all three of their
qualifying matches.

Harrer/Stammer earned a spot in the main draw by eliminating
Adriana Rodrigues/Karina Silva of Brazil 15-9.  Blomquist/Fletcher
advanced with a 15-8 win over Marie Andersson/Pat Keller from the
Evian Tour. .

Here are Thursday's qualifying results:

Qualifying Results - Women Winner's Bracket - Karrie Poppinga
(Mililani, Hi.)/Christine Schaefer (Florence, Ky., USA, def. Janice
Harrer (Honolulu, Hi./Gayle Stammer (San Antonio, Tex.), USA, 15-2;
Gerusa Costa/Isabel Salgado, BRA, def. Marie Andersson (Hawthorne,
Calif.)/Pat Keller (Sarasota, Fla.), USA, 17-15.  Qualifying
Results - Women Loser's Bracket - Adriana Rodrigues/Karina Silva,
BRA, def. Marla O'Hara (Agoura Hills, Calif.)/Ali Wood (Redondo
Beach, Calif.), USA, 15-10; Harrer/Stammer, USA, def. Rodrigues/K.
Silva, BRA, 15-9; Krista Blomquist (Branford, Conn.)/Wendy Fletcher
(Manhattan Beach, Calif.), USA, def. Andersson/Keller, USA, 15-8.
Qualifying Results - Women's Playoff - Marianne Bolinger/Denise
Koeliker, SUI, def. Athena Gerochristodoulou/Kristina Vanaselja,
CAN, 15-8; Marianne Bolinger/Denise Koeliker, SUI, def. Amarillis
Flores/Liann Puig, PUR, 15-0 (forfeit).

                            NEWPORT OPEN NEXT

The Evian Women's Pro Beach Volleyball Tour, which is taking a
break this weekend for the FIVB Beach Volleyball World
Championship-Series in Hermosa Beach (June 19-23), resumes
competition June 29-30 on Easton's Beach in Newport, R. I.for the
$40,000 Newport Open.