Post by Timothy Simmo » Sun, 11 Aug 1996 04:00:00


NEW YORK - Karrie Poppinga and Christine Schaefer were the "only"
dual winners here Friday (Aug. 9) during the second of four days of
competition in the $75,000 Evian Invitational at Rumsey Playfield
in Central Park.

Considered to be the "toughest" event on the Evian Women's Pro
Beach Volleyball Tour, the Evian Invitational continues Saturday at
10 a.m. (EDT) Rumsey Playfield with nine matches.  The event is

Poppinga and Schaefer scored Friday's biggest upset when they
withstood a late charge from fourth-seeded Patty Dodd and Angela
Rock to score a 17-15 win.

Seeded sixth in the competition, Poppinga and Schaefer scored their
second win Friday with a 15-9 win over Olympians Gail Castro and
Deb Richardson 15-9.

Friday's final match between second-seeded Karolyn Kirby and Nancy
Reno against Evian Invitational leaders Lisa Arce and Holly McPeak
was postponed due to darkness.

The postponed match will be made-up when play resumes at 10 a.m.
Saturday.  Arce and McPeak are undefeated in Evian Invitational
play with a 3-0 mark as the third-seeded duo defeated fifth-seeded
Elaine Roque and Dennie Shupryt-Knoop 15-11 earlier Friday.

Dodd and Rock rebounded from their first loss Friday to defeat top-
seeded Barbra Fontana Harris and Linda Hanley 15-7.

Dodd and Rock are 3-1 in the Evian Invitational with Kirby and Reno
2-1.  Olympians Fontana Harris and Hanley join Poppinga and
Schaefer in fourth-place with a 2-2 mark.

The seventh annual Evian Invitational is the second of four "major"
events on the 1996 Evian Tour.  The eight-team round-robin event
concludes Sunday with the last four round-robin matches starting at
8 a.m.

The teams with the top three records advance to Sunday's finals.
The teams with the second- and third-best round-robin match marks
will play at 12:30 p.m. Sunday with the winner facing the team with
the best record at 2 p.m.  

ABC Sports will provide "same-day" coverage of the championship
match with Terry Gannon and Maria Barnes providing the commentary.
The Evian Invitational will air from 5-6 p.m. (EDT) Sunday.

Here's the Evian Invitational results from Friday:  Karolyn Kirby,
Brookline, Mass./Nancy Reno, Glen Ellyn, Ill. (No. 2-seeds) def.
Janice Harrer, Honolulu, Hi./Gayle Stammer, San Antonio, Tex. (8),
15-4; Karrie Poppinga, Mililani, Hi./Christine Schaefer, Florence,
Ky. (6) def. Patty Dodd, El Segundo, Calif./Angela Rock, Carlsbad,
Calif. (4), 17-15; Lisa Arce, Manhattan Beach, Calif./Holly McPeak,
Manhattan Beach, Calif. (3) def. Elaine Roque, Malibu,
Calif./Dennie Shupryt-Knoop, Chicago (5), 15-11; Barbra Fontana
Harris, Laguna Beach, Calif./Linda Hanley, Pacific Palisades,
Calif. (1) def. Gail Castro, Carlsbad, Calif./Deb Richardson,
Minneapolis, Minn (7), 15-9; Harrer/Stammer def. Roque/Shupryt-
Knoop, 15-8; Poppinga/Schaefer def. Castro/Richardson, 15-9;
Dodd/Rock def. Fontana/Hanley, 15-7; Kirby/Reno vs. Arce/McPeak,
postponed until 10 a.m. Saturday.

Here are the round-robin match records through 15 of 28 round-robin
matches (won-lost, point ratio) - 1, Arce/McPeak, 3-0, 2.25; 2,
Dodd/Rock, 3-1, 1.40; 3, Kirby/Reno, 2-1, 1.41; 4, Fontana
Harris/Hanley, 2-2, 1.14; 5, Poppinga/Schaefer, 2-2, 0.87; 6,
Roque/Shupryt-Knoop, 1-3, 0.78; 7, Castro/Richardson, 1-3, 0.66; 8,
Harrer/Stammer, 1-3, 0.60.

Here's Saturday's schedule - 10 a.m., Roque/Shupryt-Knoop vs.
Poppinga/Schaefer; Kirby/Reno vs. Arce/McPeak; 11 a.m.,
Castro/Richardson vs. Harrer/Stammer; 12 p.m., Kirby/Reno vs.
Dodd/Rock; 1 p.m., Fontana Harris/Hanley vs. Arce/McPeak; 2 p.m.,
Roque/Shupryt-Knoop vs. Castro/Richardson; 3 p.m.,
Poppinga/Schaefer vs. Harrer/Stammer; 4 p.m., Arce/McPeak vs.
Dodd/Rock; 5 p.m., Fontana Harris/Hanley vs. Kirby/Reno.

                                   NATIONALS NEXT

The Evian Women's Pro Beach Volleyball Tour continues next week
(Aug. 16-18) at The Pier in Huntington Beach, Calif., for the
$100,000 Evian National Championships.  The 10th annual event will
open with qualifying Friday morning (Aug. 16) to determine the 32-
team main draw.  ABC Sports will televise the Aug. 18 championship

Prior to the national finals, the players will be participating in
"Evian Salutes Women in Sports" from 6-9 p.m., Aug. 15 at the
Waterfront Hilton Beach Resort in Huntington Beach.  The event will
feature Benita Fitzgerald, a three-time Olympian and Gold Medalist
in the hurdles, Lydia Stephens, Vice President of Programming for
ABC Sports, and Maria Barnes, a commentator on Evian Tour events
for the past five seasons.  The event is open to the public with a
$15 donation being accepted at the door for the Women's Sports
Foundation.  Contact Team Impact (310/572-9974) of Los Angeles for
more information.