EVIAN TOUR - SUNDAY IN ITALY-WPVA

EVIAN TOUR - SUNDAY IN ITALY-WPVA

Post by Timothy Simmo » Mon, 07 Jul 1997 04:00:00

INFORMATION SERVICE                              July 6, 1997
WOMEN'S PROFESSIONAL VOLLEYBALL ASSOCIATION       310/726-0700

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ARCE/MCPEAK CAPTURE SECOND INTERNATIONAL EVENT TITLE

PESCARA, ITALY - Lisa Arce and Holly McPeak of the Women's
Professional Volleyball Association, captured their second FIVB
Beach Volleyball World Tour title here Sunday (July 6) by defeating
top-seeded Shelda Bede and Adriana Behar of Brazil 12-10 and 12-4
in the championship match.

Seeded third in the competition, Arce and McPeak also upset second-
seeded Sandra Pires and Jackie Silva 15-7 to advance to their third
international finale in six FIVB starts together.

The Arce/McPeak win also snapped a string of five-straight titles
for women's pro beach volleyball teams from Brazil as the WPVA
tandem was the last non-South American team to win an FIVB last
August in Pusan, Korea.

The win was the 12th title in 21 pro beach starts for Arce and
McPeak, who have captured 10 Evian Women's Pro Beach Volleyball
Tour championships in 15 domestic events.  Overall, McPeak has now
won 46 pro beach titles, including eight internationally, while
Arce was netting her 12 crown.

Arce and McPeak, the top-ranked team on the Evian Tour by winning
six of eight domestic events this season, have now posted a 115-17
pro match mark together with 20 final four finishes.  The
Arce/McPeak team also has a 3-3 match mark against Pires and Silva,
including three wins in the last four meetings with FIVB No. 1-
ranked team.

Arce and McPeak posted a second (losing 5-12, 12-4 and 7-12 finale
to Monica Rodrigues/Adriana Samuel of Brazil) and third in the
first two FIVB beach events this season at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
(Feb. 13-16) and Melbourne, Australia (March 13-16), respectively.

Arce and McPeak, who have won nine of the last 12 Evian Tour
events, have never finished lower than fourth in any of their six
FIVB starts as the tandem has now posted a 34-9 international mark
together.  Arce and McPeak are atop the international money
standings with $26,000 each as both players have earned $41,050 on
the Evian Tour this season.

Arce and McPeak, who now have a 2-2 career mark against Bede and
Behar, shared $16,000 for winning the third FIVB event of the
season while splitting $9,000 from the international bonus pool.
Bede and Behar shared a combined $16,000.

Pires and Silva, the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games gold medal winners,
shared a combined $11,000 for third-place after downing the WPVA's
Barbra Fontana and Nancy Reno 15-11.  Fontana and Reno, who dropped
a 15-10 decision to Bede and Behar in Sunday's first semi-final
match, shared $8,000 overall.

Following Sunday's play, the WPVA competitors posted a 19-5 mark
against their international rivals during two days of qualifying
and three days of main draw play.  Eight of the international wins
were seed-breakthroughs.

Fontana and Reno, former Stanford teammates who were playing
together for the first-time in their pro beach careers, upset
second-seeded Pires and Silva 15-8 before losing to Arce and McPeak
15-5 in Saturday's championship bracket semi-finals.

Fontana and Reno were no strangers to FIVB finals as both players
advanced to their 13th international final fours.  Fontana won two
FIVB titles with Lori Forsythe (Japan 1994) and Linda Hanley
(Santos, Brazil, 1995).

Reno has won nine international titles, including six in 1995 with
McPeak and three with Karolyn Kirby (one each in 1992, 1993 and
1995).  On the 1997 Evian Tour, Reno has played in seven events
with Kirby as the pair has won twice domestically this season.

Five other teams from the United States placed here this weekend as
11th-seeded Danalee Bragado and Christine Schaefer finished seventh
($3,800, 3-2 record), 14th-seeded Krista Blomquist and Ali Wood
ninth ($2,800, 4-0 qualifying, 3-2 main draw), sixth-seeded Karrie
Poppinga and Angela Rock 13th ($2,200, 2-2), Annett Davis and Jenny
Johnson 33rd (3-2) and Krsytal Attwood and Desiree Leipham 33rd (1-
2).

The United States players resume domestic competition next weekend
(Saturday-Sunday, July 12-13) in Chicago, Ill., on North Avenue
Beach for the WPVA Chicago Open presented by Bravo Card.  The next
FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour event for WPVA players is July 23-
26 in Marseille, France.

                                       CHICAGO NEXT

For the second-straight season, the Evian Women's Pro Beach
Volleyball Tour visits the Windy City for the $50,000 WPVA Chicago
Open presented by Bravo Card.  The ninth stop on the 1997 Evian
Tour, the WPVA Chicago Open presented by Bravo Card starts July 12
at 9 a.m. (CDT) on North Avenue Beach with a 32-team main draw.
Twelve (12) teams advance to July 13's final rounds starting at 8
a.m.  ABC Sports will be taping the 3 p.m. finale for replay July
19.

                             Arce/McPeak's Championships (12)

                                  Evian Tour titles (10)
Puerto Rico '96                           d. Dodd/Rock
New York '96                              d. Fontana/Hanley
Huntington Beach '96                      d. Fontana/Hanley
Hawaii '96                                d. Fontana/Hanley
Miami Beach '97                           d. Kirby/Reno
Deerfield Beach '97                       d. Castro/Stammer
Austin '97                                d. Fontana/Hanley
San Diego '97                             d. Fontana/Hanley
Irving '97                                d. Kirby/Reno
Huntington Beach '97                      d. Fontana/Hanley

                               FIVB World Tour titles (two)
Korea '96                                 d. Ishizaka/Takahashi,
Japan
Italy '97                                 d. Bede/Behar, Brazil

                                 1997 Evian Tour Schedule

April 4-6 at Miami Beach, Fla. (Arce/McPeak winners)
April 18-20 at Deerfield Beach, Fla. (Arce/McPeak)
May 8-11 at Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kirby/Reno)
May 16-18 at Austin, Tex. (Arce/McPeak)
May 30-June 1 at San Diego, Calif. (Arce/McPeak)
June 13-15 at Irving, Tex. (Arce/McPeak)
June 20-22 at Atlantic City (Kirby/Reno)
June 27-29 at Huntington Beach, Calif. (Arce/McPeak)
July 12-13 at Chicago, Ill.

                                 1997 Evian Money Leaders

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

T 1    Lisa Arce (6)                             $41,050.00
T 1    Holly McPeak (6)                          41,050.00
  3    Karolyn Kirby (2)                         27,310.00
  4    Nancy Reno (2)                            25,810.00
T 5    Barbra Fontana                            22,907.50
T 5    Linda Hanley                              22,907.50
T 7    Karrie Poppinga                           15,652.50
T 7    Angela Rock                               15,652.50
T 9    Linda Chisholm                            13,200.00
T 9    Deb Richardson                            13,200.00
T11    Elaine Roque                              11,370.00
T11    Dennie Shupryt-Knoop                      11,370.00
 13    Christine Schaefer                        10,740.00
 14    Krista Blomquist                          10,022.50

                             FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour

Here are the money leaders after three FIVB events (includes
event/bonus earnings; 1997 event titles):

T 1    Lisa Arce, USA (1)                        $26,000.00
T 1    Holly McPeak, USA (1)                     26,000.00
T 3    Sandra Pires, BRA (1)                     23,500.00
T 3    Jackie Silva, BRA (1)                     23,500.00
T 5    Shelda Bede, BRA                          20,000.00
T 5    Adriana Behar, BRA                        20,000.00
T 7    Monica Rodrigues, BRA (1)                 16,600.00
T 7    Adriana Samuel, BRA (1)                   16,600.00
  8    Barbra Fontana, USA                        8,100.00
T 9    Karrie Poppinga, USA                       7,800.00
T 9    Angela Rock, USA                           7,800.00
T16    Danalee Bragado, USA                       5,200.00
T16    Christine Schaefer, USA                    5,200.00

                      FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour
                      July 2-6, 1997 at Pescara, Italy
                             TOURNAMENT SUMMARY

RANK TEAM, Country (main draw seed, qualifying seed)   W-L  POINTS    
MONEY

 1st Lisa Arce\Holly McPeak, USA (3)                   7-0     240  $25,
000
 2nd Shelda Bede\Adriana Behar, BRA (1)                5-2     216  $16,
000
 3rd Sandra Pires\Jackie Silva, BRA (2)                6-2     192  $11,
000
 4th Barbra Fontana\Nancy Reno, USA (7)                4-3     168   $8,
000
 5th Eva Celbova\Sona Dosoudilova, CZE (10)            5-2     144   $5,
400
     Natalie Cook\Kerri POTTHARST, AUS (5)             3-2     144   $5,
400
 7th Laura Bruschini\Ana Maria Solazzi, ITA (9)        3-2     120   $3,
800
     Danalee Bragado\Christine Schaefer, USA (11)      3-2     120   $3,
800
 9th Liane Fenwick\Pauline Manser, AUS (13)            2-2      96   $2,
800
     Krista Blomquist\Ali Wood, USA (14, 1q)           7-2      96   $2,
800
     Monica Rodrigues\Adriana Samuel, BRA (4)          3-2      96   $2,
800
     Maike Friedrichsen\Danja Musch, GER (8)           3-2      96   $2,
800
13th Kristine Drakich\Guylaine Dumont, CAN (15)        2-2      72   $2,
200
     Karrie Poppinga\Angela Rock, USA (6)              2-2      72   $2,
200
     Yukiko Ishizaka\Yukiko Takahashi, JPN (12)        2-2      72   $2,
200
     Caterina DeMarinis\Cilene Nascimento, ITA (17)    2-2      72   $2,
200
17th Danielle Gattelli\Lucilla Perrotta, ITA (32)      1-2      48   $1,
600
     Amanda Glover\Vanessa Malone, ENG (24)            1-2      48   $1,
600
     Denise Koelliker\Katia Neeser, SUI (21)           1-2      48   $1,
600
     Bryce Barry\Lisa Cepeliauskas, CAN (29, 5q)       4-3      48   $1,
600
     Martina Hudcova\Tereza Tobiasova, CZE (30, 12q)   4-3      48   $1,
600
     Maria Almeida\Ana Cristina Pereira, POR (22)      1-2      48   $1,
600
     Pernille Jorgensen\Louise Sommer, DEN (23)        1-2      48   $1,
600
     Michaela Eisenmenger\Silke Meyer, GER (18)        1-2      48   $1,
600
25th Barb Broen-Ouellette\Kathy Tough, CAN (16)        0-2      24   $1,
100
     Mayra Huerta\Rocio Montes, MEX (25, 6q)           2-3      24   $1,
100
     Monica Maran\Cristiana Parenzan, ITA (28)         0-2      24   $1,
100
     Yukiko Hashimoto\Mika Saiki, JPN (20, 4q)         2-3      24   $1,
100
     Barbara Egger-Bossi\Cornelia Gerson, SUI (19, 2q) 2-2      24   $1,
100
     Margot Schlaefli\Eveline Schneiter, SUI (27, 7q)  2-4      24   $1,
100
     Jennifer Harkness\Christy Goodfellow, CAN (26)    0-2      24   $1,
100
     Elisa Folco\Roberta Marini, ITA (31, 14q)         3-2      24   $1,
100

33rd Annett Davis\Jenny Johnson, USA (21q)             3-2      20
     Krystal Attwood\Desiree Leipham, USA (8q)         1-2      20
     Cecile Rigauz\Marie Tari, FRA (10q)               2-3      20
     Chie Seike\Ryoko Tokuno, JPN (17q)                4-3      20
37th Alena Horackova\Lenka Urbanova, CZE (16q)         1-2      14
     Nancy Gougeon\Jolan Storch, CAN (3q)              1-2      14
     Radana Foltynova\Zdenka Mocova, CZE (19q)         1-2      14
     Arcadia Berjonneauz\Brigitte Gros, FRA (9q)       1-2      14
41st Sandrine Filisetti\Speno Hortense, FRA (18q)      1-2      10
     Kadri Kruus\Tatjana Sotnikova, EST (11q)          1-2      10
     Cristina Fiore\Noemi Gizzi, ITA (20q)             0-2      10
     Solvi Byberg\Heidi Larsen, NOR (13q)              1-2      10
     Anna Voronova\Ekaterine Voronova, RUS (22q)       0-2      10
     Isabelle Chiaradia\Isabelle Fontana, SUI (23q)    0-2      10
     Nadege Kehrli\Marijana Lucic, SUI (15q)           0-2      10


     Totals                                          101-101 2,798 $120,
000

                                                  Revised July 6, 1997/1.
02pm