EVIAN TOUR - Evian Invitational in NYC

EVIAN TOUR - Evian Invitational in NYC

Post by Timothy Simmo » Thu, 01 Aug 1996 04:00:00

EVIAN INVITATIONAL SET FOR NEW YORK'S RUMSEY PLAYFIELD IN CENTRAL PARK

EL SEGUNDO, CALIF. - The $75,000 Evian Invitational, an eight-team
sand beach volleyball event featuring round-robin play, will be
held Aug. 8-11 at Central Park's Rumsey Playfield in New York.

ABC Sports will provide same-day coverage of the championship
finals of the Evian Women's Pro Beach Volleyball Tour event, the
second of four major events on the 1996 schedule.

Hosted by the City of New York/Parks & Recreation, the seventh
annual Evian Invitational will have each team playing
seven matches with the top three pairs advancing to the finals.
Competition begins at 3 p.m. (EDT) Aug. 8 with eight matches on two
courts at Central Park's Rumsey Playfield (located mid-park off
Fifth Avenue and 72nd).

Eight matches will be played on both Aug. 9 and Aug. 10.  The Aug.
9 session starts at 3 p.m. with the Aug. 10 matches starting at 10
a.m.  The round-robin competition will conclude with four matches
Aug. 11 starting at 8 a.m.

The teams with the second- and third-best match marks compete in
the semi-final match at 12:30 p.m. Aug. 11 with the semi-final
winners challenging the team with the best match mark in the 2 p.m.
championship final.

With Terry Gannon of Raleigh, N. C. and Maria Barnes of Irvine,
Calif., providing the commentary, ABC Sports will air the Evian
Invitational championship match from 5-6 p.m. (EDT).

Holly McPeak, Nancy Reno, Barbra Fontana Harris, Linda Hanley, Gail
Castro, Deb Richardson, who represented the United States in the
1996 Atlanta Olympic Games July 23-27 at Atlanta Beach in Clayton
County, Ga., were invited to compete in the four-day Evian
Invitational.

The remaining 10 players for the Evian Invitational were determined
following the July 20-21 Evian Tour event in Long Beach, Calif.,
using the seeding points from the Women's Professional Volleyball
Association.

Fontana Harris and Hanley, who finished fourth in the Olympics,
will be the No. 1 seeded tandem.  The pair has won three events
this season, including the first Evian Grand Slam event in Ocean
City, Md., June 16.

The next three ranked teams will be changing partners for the Evian
Invitational.  Karolyn Kirby will team with Reno while McPeak
rejoins Lisa Arce as the second- and third-seeded teams,
respectively.  

McPeak and Reno, who tied for fifth in the Olympics, have won four
events together this season.  McPeak capture a fifth title by
winning with Arce in Puerto Rico last April while Reno and Kirby
teamed to win in San Diego last May.

Patty Dodd and Angela Rock, who finished second in Puerto Rico,
will be seeded fourth.  Rock won the last Evian Tour event in Long
Beach with Kirby July 21.

Three of the next four tandems in the Evian Invitational have
played together throughout the 1996 Evian Tour season, including
Elaine Roque/Dennie Shupryt-Knoop (fifth-seeded), Castro/Richardson
(7), and Janice Harrer/Gayle Stammer (8).  

Castro and Richardson tied for ninth in the Olympics.  Harrer and
Stammer were the "surprised team" in the United States Olympic
Trials in June while Roque and Shupryt-Knoop dropped a pair of two-
point decisions (16-14 and 15-13) in the Olympic Trials to finish
as alternate Olympians.

Karrie Poppinga, who will be playing in her first Evian
Invitational, will enter with Christine Schaefer as the sixth-
seeded tandem.  Schaefer teamed with Kirby to win the season
opening at the Evian Indoor in Fairfax, Va. (Feb. 3).

Poppinga and Schaefer finished third in the Long Beach Open and
dropped a 19-17 match to Kirby and Reno in San Diego earlier this
season in a record 91-minute match.

The Evian Invitational has been held past three seasons in New
England, including a visit to Quincy, Mass., in 1993, and Newport,
R. I., in both 1994 and 1995.  

Kirby and Liz Masakayan, who has missed four events this season due
to knee problems, had teamed to win the past three Evian
Invitationals, including a 1995 tournament final win over McPeak
and Reno.

Kirby and Masakayan won 1994 Evian Invitational by defeating
Fontana Harris and Lori Forsythe in the final.  Castro and Roque
lost the 1993 Evian Invitational finale to Kirby and Masakayan.

Masakayan has been part of the winning team in the last four Evian
Invitational titles after she and Linda Chisholm captured the 1992
championship by defeating Kirby and Angela Rock.

Here are results from the Evian Invitationals:

1990 at the Hilton Hawaiian, Honolulu, Hi. (July 7-8), $25,000 - 1,
Karolyn Kirby/Jackie Silva, 7-1 won-lost record (defeated Linda
Chisholm and Linda Hanley 15-9 in championship match), $7,000.
1991 at the Flamingo Hilton, Reno, Nev. (June 1-2), $40,000 - 1,
Gail Castro/Lori Forsythe, 8-0 won-lost record (defeated Chisholm
and Liz Masakayan 15-13 in championship match), $11,200.  1992 at
the Flamingo Hilton, Las Vegas, Nev. (May 29-31), $37,500 - 1,
Chisholm/Masakayan, 7-2 won-lost record (defeated Kirby/Angela Rock
15-9 in championship match; defeated Cammy Ciarelli/Silva 15-7 in
semi-finals), $10,500.  1993 at The Tent, Marina Bay, Quincy, Mass.
(July 3-4), $20,000 - 1, Kirby/Masakayan, 8-1 won-lost record
(defeated Castro/Elaine Roque 15-9 in championship match; defeated
Wendy Fletcher/Marla O'Hara 15-11 in semi-finals), $5,600.  1994 on
Eastons Beach, Newport, R. I. (July 1-3), $50,000 - 1,
Kirby/Masakayan, 8-0 won-lost record (defeated Barbra Fontana
Harris/Forsythe 15-4 in championship match), $12,300.  1995 on
Eastons Beach, Newport, R. I. (June 30-July 2), $40,000 - 1,
Kirby/Masakayan, 7-1 won-lost record (defeated Holly McPeak/Nancy
Reno 15-6 in championship match), $9,840.

1996 Results/Schedule/Money Leaders

Feb. 3 at Fairfax, Va. (indoors) . . . Kirby/Schaefer winners
Feb. 24 at New York (indoors). . . . . McPeak/Reno winners
Apr. 5-7 at Deerfield Beach, Fla.. . . McPeak/Reno winners
Apr. 27-28 at Carolina, Puerto Rico. . Arce/McPeak winners
May 3-5 at Hermosa Beach, Calif. . Fontana Harris/Hanley winners
May 18-19 at San Diego, Calif. . . . . Kirby/Reno winners
May 31-June 2 at Austin, Tex.. . . . . McPeak/Reno winners
June 14-16 at Ocean City, Md.. . . Fontana Harris/Hanley winners
June 29-30 at Newport, R. I. . . . Fontana Harris/Hanley winners
July 13-14 at Chicago, Ill.. . . . . . McPeak/Reno winners
July 20-21 at Long Beach, Calif. . . . Kirby/Rock winners

Here are the money leaders after the 11 Evian Tour events (1996
event titles):

   1 Holly McPeak (5). . . . . . . . .  .$56,250.00
   2 Nancy Reno (5). . . . . . . . . .  . 56,200.00
T  3 Barbra Fontana Harris (3) . . . .  . 46,875.00
T  3 Linda Hanley (3). . . . . . . . . .. 46,875.00
   5 Karolyn Kirby (3) . . . . . . . . .. 43,875.00
   6 Angela Rock (1) . . . . . . . . . . .40,200.00
   7 Christine Schaefer (1). . . . . . . .30,487.50
   8 Lisa Arce (1) . . . . . . . . . . . .26,350.00
   9 Liz Masakayan . . . . . . . . . . . .23,250.00
  10 Patty Dodd. . . . . . . . . . . . . .20,350.00
T 11 Elaine Roque. . . . . . . . . . . . .16,575.50
T 11 Dennie Shupryt-Knoop. . . . . . . . .16,575.50
T 13 Janice Harrer . . . . . . . . . . . .14,037.50
T 13  Gayle Stammer. . . . . . . . . . . .14,037.50
  15 Karrie Poppinga . . . . . . . . . . .13,300.00
T 16 Gail Castro . . . . . . . . . . . . .10,587.50
T 16 Deb Richardson. . . . . . . . . . . .10,587.50

                              Evian Invitational
       Aug. 8-11 at Rumsey Playfield, Central Park, New York, N. Y.

SEED  TEAM

 1.   Barbra Fontana Harris (85th Evian Tour event), Laguna Beach,
      Calif./Linda Hanley (55th), Pacific Palisades, Calif. (10th
      Evian Tour event together, three Evian Tour titles together,
      $93,750 combined Evian Tour winnings together, 42-13 Evian
      Tour match mark together).
 2.   Karolyn Kirby (118th), Brookline, Mass./Nancy Reno (65th),
      Glen Ellyn, Ill. (9th, four titles, $74,932, 35-7).
 3.   Lisa Arce (37th), Manhattan Beach, Calif./Holly McPeak
(64th),
      Manhattan Beach, Calif. (4th, one title, $21,700, 15-2).
 4.   Patty Dodd (100th), El Segundo, Calif./Angela Rock (86th),
      Carlsbad, Calif. (3rd, $11,500, 9-5).
 5.   Elaine Roque (134th), Malibu, Calif./Dennie Shupryt-Knoop
      (116th), Chicago (12th, $36,700, 38-23).
 6.   Karrie Poppinga (25th), Mililani, Hi./Christine Schaefer
      (50th), Florence, Ky. (9th, $24,226, 29-16).
 7.   Gail Castro (133rd), Carlsbad, Calif./Deb Richardson (107th),
      Minneapolis, Minn. (9th, $21,176, 27-16).
 8.   Janice Harrer (127th), Honolulu, Hi./Gayle Stammer (115th),
      San Antonio, Tex. (9th, $28,076, 26-16).

                                   Schedule

                               Thursday, Aug. 8

Times                 Court No. 1
                     Court No. 2

 3 p.m.    Fontana/Hanley vs. Harrer/Stammer
               Dodd/Rock vs. Roque/Knoop
 4 p.m.    Kirby/Reno vs. Castro/Richardson
           Arce/McPeak vs. Poppinga/Schaefer

 5 p.m.      Dodd/Rock vs. Harrer/Stammer
            Fontana/Hanley vs. Roque/Knoop
 6 p.m.    Arce/McPeak vs. Castro/Richardson
           Kirby/Reno vs. Poppinga/Schaefer

                                Friday, Aug. 9

Times                 Court No. 1
                     Court No. 2

 3 p.m.      Kirby/Reno vs. Harrer/Stammer
            Dodd/Rock vs. Poppinga/Schaefer
 4 p.m.       Arce/McPeak vs. Roque/Knoop
         Fontana/Hanley vs. Castro/Richardson

 5 p.m.     Roque/Knoop vs. Harrer/Stammer
        Poppinga/Schaefer vs. Castro/Richardson
 6 p.m.      Fontana/Hanley vs. Dodd/Rock
              Kirby/Reno vs. Arce/McPeak

                               Saturday, Aug. 10

Times                                     Center Court

10 a.m.               Roque/Shupryt-Knoop vs. Poppinga/Schaefer
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

                                Sunday, Aug. 11

Times                       Center Court (schedule subject to
change)

 8 a.m.              Fontana Harris/Hanley vs. Poppinga/Schaefer
 9 a.m.                        Kirby/Reno vs. Roque/Shupryt-Knoop
10 a.m.                          Arce/McPeak vs. Harrer/Stammer
11 a.m.                          Dodd/Rock vs. Castro/Richardson

12:30 p.m.                        Semi-finals
 2 p.m.                          Championship

                            Tie-breaking Procedures

1, Point differential; 2, Head-to-Head record; 3, Record against
top shootout teams.

                              Evian Invitational
   Aug. 8-11 at Rumsey Playfield, Central Park, New York, N. Y.

Here's the participation listing from the previous six Evian
Invitationals.

                                 Participants

PLAYER            EVENTS    EARNINGS   W  L   1st  2nd 3rd 4th

Karolyn Kirby          6  $24,347.50  43  6    4    1   1   0
Liz Masakayan          5   23,320.00  36  7    4    1   0   0
Gail Castro            6   15,275.00  25 20    1    1   1   0
Lori Forsythe          6   15,130.00  24 21    1    1   0   1
Elaine Roque           6   12,322.50  21 24    0    1   2   1

Linda Chisholm         3   12,075.00  19  8    1    2   0   0
Angela Rock            4    9,952.50  19 11    0    1   1   1
Barbra Fontana Harris  5    9,477.50  14 23    0    1   0   1
Janice Harrer          5    9,335.00  17 18    0    0   0   4

Deb Richardson         5    7,095.00  12 23    0    0   0   0
Nancy Reno             3    6,685.00   9 14    0    1   0   1
Holly McPeak           3    6,600.00  11 12    0    1   0   0
Jackie Silva           2    6,350.00  12  4    1    0   1   0

Lisa Arce              2    6,280.00  10  5    0    0   1   1
Cammy Ciarelli         2    6,130.00  11  5    0    0   2   0
Dennie Shupryt-Knoop   4    5,055.00  11 17    0    0   0   0
Linda Hanley           2    5,025.00  11  5    0    1   0   1

Marla O'Hara           3    4,090.00   7 15    0    0   1   0
Lisa Strand-Ma'a       3    4,000.00   8 13    0    0   0   1
Patty Dodd             3    3,060.00   5 16    0    0   0   0
Wendy Fletcher         2    2,970.00   6  9    0    0   1   0

Nina Matthies          2    2,820.00   4 11    0    0   1   0
Gayle Stammer          2    2,710.00   4 10    0    0   0   0
Christine Schaefer     2    2,660.00   1 13    0    0   0   0
Monique Oliver         1    2,250.00   3  4    0    0   0   0

Kelly VanWinden        1    1,600.00   3  4    0    0   0   0
Kengy Gardiner         1    1,500.00   1  6    0    0   0   0
Jeanne Reeves          1      850.00   3  4    0    0   0   0
Rita Crockett          1      700.00   3  4    0    0   0   0

Alison Johnson         1      680.00   3  4    0    0   0   0
Julie Thornton         1      575.00   1  6    0    0   0   0
Marie Andersson        1      560.00   1  6    0    0   0   0
Lori Biller            1      560.00   1  6    0    0   0   0

C***te Roach        1      460.00   1  6    0    0   0   0

Karrie Poppinga        0         .00   0  0    0    0   0   0

Bold face indicates 1996 Evian Invitational participant.

                              Evian Invitational
     Aug. 8-11 at Rumsey Playfield, Central Park, New York, N. Y.

Here are results from the previous six Evian Invitationals.

1990 at the Hilton Hawaiian, Honolulu, Hi. (July 7-8), $25,000

1, Karolyn Kirby/Jackie Silva, 7-1 won-lost record (defeated Linda
Chisholm and Linda Hanley 15-9 in championship match), $7,000; 2,
Chisholm/Hanley, 6-3 (defeated Nina Matthies/Elaine Roque in semi-
finals 16-14), 5,250; 3, Matthies/Roque, 4-4, $3,800; 4, Janice
Harrer/Lisa Strand-Ma'a, 3-4, 2,700; 5, Gail Castro/Lori Forsythe,
3-4, 2,000; 6, Patty Dodd/Jeanne Reeves, 3-4, 1,700; 7, Rita
Crockett/Dennie Shupryt-Knoop, 3-4, 1,400; 8, Angela Rock/Julie
Thornton, 1-6, 1,150.  "Silver Bullet" ace winners:  Kirby and
Strand-Ma'a, eight each.

1991 at the Flamingo Hilton, Reno, Nev. (June 1-2), $40,000

1, Gail Castro/Lori Forsythe, 8-0 won-lost record (defeated Linda
Chisholm and Liz Masakayan 15-13 in championship match), $11,200;
2, Chisholm/Masakayan, 6-3 (defeated Karolyn Kirby/Angela Rock 15-
10 in semi-finals), $8,400; 3, Kirby/Rock, 6-2, $6,080; 4, Janice
Harrer/Elaine Roque, 4-3, $4,320; 5, Lisa Strand-Ma'a/Kelly
VanWinden, 3-4, $3,200; 6, Barbra Fontana Harris/Holly McPeak, 2-5,
$2,720; 7, Marla O'Hara/Deb Richardson, 1-6, $2,240; 8, Nina
Matthies/Nancy Reno, 0-7, $1,840.  "Silver Bullet" ace winner:
Rock, 11.

1992 at the Flamingo Hilton, Las Vegas, Nev. (May 29-31), $37,500

1, Linda Chisholm/Liz Masakayan, 7-2 won-lost record (defeated
Karolyn Kirby/Angela Rock 15-9 in championship match; defeated
Cammy Ciarelli/Jackie Silva 15-7 in semi-finals), $10,500; 2,
Kirby/Rock, 7-1, $7,875; 3, Ciarelli/Silva, 5-3, $5,700; 4, Janice
Harrer/Nancy Reno, 3-4, $4,050; 5, Holly McPeak/Deb Richardson, 3-
4, $3,000; 6, Gail Castro/Lori Forsythe, 2-5, $2,550; 7, Patty
Dodd/Lisa Strand-Ma'a, 2-5, $2,100; 8, Barbra Fontana Harris/Elaine
Roque, 1-6, $1,725.  "Silver Bullet" ace winner:  Rock, 12.

1993 at The Tent, Marina Bay, Quincy, Mass. (July 3-4), $20,000

1, Karolyn Kirby/Liz Masakayan, 8-1 won-lost record (defeated Gail
Castro/Elaine Roque 15-9 in championship match; defeated Wendy
Fletcher/Marla O'Hara 15-11 in semi-finals), $5,600; 2,
Castro/Roque, 6-2, $4,200; 3, Fletcher/O'Hara, 5-3, $3,040; 4,
Barbra Fontana Harris/Lori Forsythe, 3-4, $2,160; 5, Janice
Harrer/Deb Richardson, 3-4, $1,600; 6, Alison Johnson/Dennie
Shupryt-Knoop, 3-4, $1,360; 7, Marie Andersson/Lori Biller, 1-6,
$1,120; 8, C***te Roach/Gayle Stammer, 1-6, $920.  "Silver
Bullet" ace winner:  Castro, 12.

1994 on Eastons Beach, Newport, R. I. (July 1-3), $50,000

1, Karolyn Kirby/Liz Masakayan, 8-0 won-lost record (defeated
Barbra Fontana Harris/Lori Forsythe 15-4 in championship match,
$12,300; 2, Fontana Harris/Forsythe, 6-3, $9,350 (defeated Gail
Castro/Elaine Roque 15-10 in semi-finals); 3, Castro/Roque, 5-3,
$8,200; 4, Lisa Arce/Janice Harrer, 4-3, $6,000; 5, Monique
Oliver/Gayle Stammer, 3-4, $4,500; 6, Deb Richardson/Dennie
Shupryt-Knoop, 2-5, $3,750; 7, Kengy Gardiner/Christine Schaefer,
1-6, $3,000; 8, Wendy Fletcher/Marla O'Hara, 1-6, $2,900.  "Silver
Bullet" ace winners:  Castro and Fletcher, 8.

1995 on Eastons Beach, Newport, R. I. (June 30-July 2), $40,000

1, Karolyn Kirby/Liz Masakayan, 7-1 won-lost record (defeated Holly
McPeak/Nancy Reno 15-6 in championship match, $9,840; 2,
McPeak/Reno, 6-3, $7,480 (defeated Lisa Arce/Cammy Ciarelli 15-11
in semi-finals); 3, Arce/Ciarelli, 6-2, $6,560; 4, Linda
Hanley/Angela Rock, 5-2, $4,800; 5, Deb Richardson/Dennie Shupryt-
Knoop, 3-4, $3,600; 6, Fontana Harris/Forsythe, 2-5, $3,000; 7,
Gail Castro/Elaine Roque, 1-6, $2,400; 8, Patty Dodd/Christine
Schaefer, 0-7, $2,320.  "Silver Bullet" ace winners:  Rock and
Masakayan, 24 (touched serves).