EVIAN TOUR - SUNDAY IN KAUA'I

EVIAN TOUR - SUNDAY IN KAUA'I

Post by Timothy Simmo » Tue, 30 Sep 1997 04:00:00

INFORMATION SERVICE                               September 28, 1997
WOMEN'S PROFESSIONAL VOLLEYBALL ASSOCIATION

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MASAKAYAN/YOUNGS WIN BEST OF THE BEACH IV

LIHUE, KAUA'I, HI. - Liz Masakayan and Elaine Youngs overcame a 7-0
deficit to score a 15-13 decision over fourth-seeded Karrie
Poppinga and Angela Rock to capture the $50,000 Best of the Beach
title here Sunday (September 28) at Nawiliwili Park.

The win was the second title this season for the Masakayan/Youngs
tandem as the pair also overcame early deficits to win the WPVA
Chicago Open July 13 over top-ranked Lisa Arce and Holly McPeak.

Poppinga, a former University of Hawaii All-American teamed from
Mililani, and Rock were playing in their first championship match
this season after finishing third three times early this year.

Masakayan, who notched her 37 pro beach win and 34 on the Evian
Women's Pro Beach Volleyball Tour, and Youngs tied the Best of the
Beach IV finale at 7-7 and went ahead 8-7 before falling behind 13-
10.

In a 59-minute match, Masakayan and Youngs scored the last five
points of the match to share the $10,000 first-place prize.  The
winning pair had to qualify for the final two days of competition
by winning three-straight pool play matches Friday at Nawiliwili
Park.

Masakayan and Youngs, who won a record seven of eight matches in
the Best of the Beach IV, advanced to the finals with a 15-13 come-
from-behind win over top-seeded Arce and McPeak in a 79-minute,
113-sideout match.  Poppinga and Rock, who shared $8,000 for
second, upset second-seeded Karolyn Kirby and Nancy Reno 15-9 to
advance to the finals.

Youngs, who is the only first-year beach player to win pro titles,
also set an Evian Tour earnings record for a rookie by compiling
$17,741.25 in only six domestic starts this season.

The win was Masakayan's 11th "major" title on the WPVA as she won
her last Evian Tour "grand slam" event two years ago in Newport, R.
I. (July 2, 1995) with Kirby.  Youngs, who leaves next month to
play professionally in Turkey, captured her first "major" crown.

Kirby and Reno scored a 15-6 decision over top-seeded Arce and
McPeak in the third-place match as both top-seeded teams were upset
in the semi-finals.

Poppinga and Rock led from the start to defeat Kirby and Reno 15-9
as the pair evened their season series  at 2-2.  Kirby and Reno
split $6,000 for third-place while Arce and McPeak shared $4,500
for fourth.

Hosted by the Kaua'i Marriott Resort & Beach Club on Kalapaki
Beach, the $50,000 Best of the Beach IV is co-sponsored by the
County of Kaua'i, the Kaua'i Economic Development Board, the Kaua'i
Visitors Bureau and the Kalapaki Beach Resort Association.  The
Best of the Beach IV, the fourth and final "major" event on the
1997 Evian Tour, is being taped by FOX Sports for replay the week
of October 5.

                                      Sunday's Results

Championship match (winners finish first, split $10,000; losers
place second, split $8,000) - Liz Masakayan, San Diego,
Calif./Elaine Youngs, San Diego (ninth-seeded) def. Karrie
Poppinga, Mililani, Hi./Angela Rock, Leucadia, Calif. (4), 15-13.
Third-place match (winners finish third, split $6,000; losers place
fourth, split $4,500) - Karolyn Kirby, Brookline, Mass.-San
Diego/Nancy Reno, Glen Ellyn, Ill. (2) def. Lisa Arce, Manhattan
Beach, Calif./Holly McPeak, Manhattan Beach, 15-6.

Semi-finals - Masakayan/Youngs def. Arce/McPeak, 15-13;
Poppinga/Rock def. Kirby/Reno, 15-9.  Contender's bracket, second-
round (losers eliminated, place fifth, split $3,750) -
Masakayan/Youngs def. Barbra Fontana, Manhattan Beach/Linda Hanley,
Pacific Palisades, Calif. (3), 15-9;  Poppinga/Rock def. Linda
Chisholm, Van Nuys, Calif./Deb Richardson, Minneapolis, Minn.-Santa
Barbara, Calif. (6), 15-11.

                                     Evian Money Leaders

Here are the money leaders after 12 of 12 Evian Tour events (1997
event titles):

T  1   Lisa Arce (7)                   $55,300.00
T  1   Holly McPeak (7)                55,300.00
   3   Karolyn Kirby (3)               43,085.00
   4   Nancy Reno (3)                  41,585.00
T  5   Barbra Fontana                  34,930.00
T  5   Linda Hanley                    34,930.00
T  7   Karrie Poppinga                 23,127.50
T  7   Angela Rock                     23,127.50
   9   Liz Masakayan (2)               20,535.00
   9   Christine Schaefer              19,781.00
  11   Krista Blomquist                19,063.50
T 12   Linda Chisholm                  18,112.50
T 12   Deb Richardson                  18,112.50
  14   Elaine Youngs (2)               17,741.25
T 15   Elaine Roque                    16,815.00
T 15   Dennie Shupryt-Knoop            16,815.00
T 17   Gail Castro                     14,197.50
T 17   Gayle Stammer                   14,197.50

                                    Best of the Beach IV
                                 (an Evian Grand Slam event)
                                    September 26-28, 1997
                             Nawiliwili Park, Lihue, Kauai, Hi.

                                     TOURNAMENT SUMMARY

RANK   TEAM (overall seed; q=qualifying seed)                         W-L
MONEY
 1st   Liz Masakayan\Elaine Youngs (9, 5q)                                
   7-1 $10,000
 2nd   Karrie Poppinga\Angela Rock (4)                                    
   3-2 $8,000
 3rd   Karolyn Kirby\Nancy Reno (2)                                      
   3-1 $6,000
 4th   Lisa Arce\Holly McPeak (1)                                        
   2-2 $4,500
 5th   Barbra Fontana Harris\Linda Hanley (3)                            
   1-2 $3,750
       Linda Chisholm\Deb Richardson (6, 2q)                              
   3-3 $3,750
 7th   Pat Keller\Ali Wood (12, 8q)                                      
   2-3 $3,000
       Elaine Roque\Dennie Shupryt-Knoop (7, 3q)                          
   3-2 $3,000
 9th   Danalee Bragado\Ali Wood (10, 6q)                                  
   1-2 $2,500
10th   Krista Blomquist\Christine Schaefer (5, 1q)                        
   1-2 $2,167
11th   Jennifer Meredith\Leanne Schuster (11, 7q)                        
   0-3 $1,833
12th   Gail Castro\Gayle Stammer (8, 4q)                                  
   0-3 $1,500
       Totals                                                            
  26-26 $50,000

                            Saturday, September 27, 1997 Results

Arce/McPeak def. Keller/O'Hara, 15-3; Poppinga/Rock def.
Masakayan/Youngs, 15-12; Fontana/Hanley def. Roque/Shupryt-Knoop,
15-6; Kirby/Reno def. Chisholm/Richardson, 15-9; Arce/McPeak def.
Poppinga/Rock, 15-11; Kirby/Reno def. Fontana/Hanley, 15-11;
Masakayan/Youngs def. Keller/O'Hara, 15-5; Chisholm/Richardson def.
Roque/Shupryt-Knoop, 16-14.

                             Sunday, September 28, 1997 Schedule

Masakayan/Youungs def. Fontana/Hanley, 15-9; Poppinga/Rock def.
Chisholm/Richardson, 15-11; Masakayan/Youngs def. Arce/McPeak, 15-
13; Poppinga/Rock def. Kirby/Reno, 15-9; Third-place match -
Kirby/Reno def. Arce/McPeak, 15-6; Championship match -
Masakayan/Youngs def. Poppinga/Rock, 15-13.

                         Pool A - B Play, Friday, September 26, 1997

Standings (Qualifying Seed)   W   L  PF  PA Ratio. . . . . . . . . . . . .
 . . . . .Pool/Note
Masakayan/Youngs (5)          3   0  45  10 4.50                    Pool
A/Advanced
Roque/Shupryt-Knoop (3)       3   0  45  32 1.41                    Pool
B/Advanced
Chisholm/Richardson (2)       2   1  43  37 1.16                    Pool
B/Advanced
Keller/O'Hara (8)             2   1  36  37 0.97                    Pool
A/Advanced
Bragado/Wood (7)              1   2  45  47 0.96                    Pool
B/$3,750
Blomquist/Schaefer (1)        1   2  32  41 0.78                    Pool
A/$3,250
Meredith/Schuster (7)         0   3  29  46 0.63                    Pool
B/$2,750
Castro/Stammer (4)            0   3  20  45 0.44                    Pool
A/$2,250
Totals                       12  12 295 295 1.00

Pool Play Results - Keller/O'Hara def. def. Blomquist/Schaefer, 15-
13; Masakayan/Youngs def. Castro/Stammer, 15-0; Chisholm/Richardson
def. Meredith/Schuster, 15-6; Roque/Shupryt-Knoop def.
Bragado/Wood, 15-13; Masakayan/Youngs def. Blomquist/Schaefer, 15-
4; Keller/O'Hara def. Castro/Stammer, 15-9; Chisholm/Richardson
def. Bragado/Wood, 18-16; Roque/Shupryt-Knoop def.
Meredith/Schuster, 15-9; Blomquist/Schaefer def. Castro/Stammer,
15-11; Masakayan/Youngs def. Keller/O'Hara, 15-6; Roque/Shupryt-
Knoop def. Chisholm/Richardson, 15-10; Bragado/Wood def.
Meredith/Schuster, 16-14.

Revised September 28, 1997/10.37pm