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July 26, 2013 | By Stephen Bailey
Defense doesn't always win championships in beach volleyball, but it might for Phil Dalhausser and Sean Rosenthal at the FIVB Grand Slam in Long Beach. Tied 11-11 in the first set of their semifinal match against Jake Gibb and Casey Patterson, Dalhausser denied Gibb at the net once, then Patterson, and then Patterson again to win the point. Two plays later, Rosenthal pulled off a flailing, chicken-wing dig on Patterson and finished with a cross-court spike to make it 14-11 and seize control of the match.
June 7, 1997
A Superior Court judge issued a preliminary injunction Friday prohibiting a men's professional beach volleyball tournament on the sand in Manhattan Beach. Judge Robert H. O'Brien ruled that the city of Manhattan Beach did not properly comply with environmental impact laws when it granted a permit authorizing a stop on the men's pro tour, which is run by the Assn. of Volleyball Professionals.
July 21, 1996
Karolyn Kirby and Angela Rock won three opening-round matches Saturday and advanced to today's semifinals of the $40,000 Evian Women's Pro Beach Volleyball tournament at Belmont Shore in Long Beach. Kirby and Rock, who have won 17 titles together, will play Karrie Poppinga and Christine Schaefer in the championship-bracket semifinal at 9 a.m. The other semifinal will match Elaine Roque and Dennie Shupryt-Knoop against Lisa Arce and Patty Dodd at 9 a.m.
July 11, 1992 | KIM Q. BERKSHIRE
Three San Diego-based women will represent the United States when pro beach volleyball debuts as an Olympic demonstration sport this summer in Spain. La Mesa's Karolyn Kirby and Carlsbad's Angela Rock and Nancy Reno, members of the Women's Professional Volleyball Assn., will compete in the $50,000 FIVB-Beach Volleyball Olympic Year '92 Championship Aug. 14-16 in Almeria, near Barcelona, the association announced Friday.
August 13, 1993 | MIKE REILLEY
Karch Kiraly of San Clemente and Kent Steffes of Pacific Palisades will try to win their seventh consecutive pro beach volleyball tournament this weekend in the $150,000 Miller Lite Open at Seal Beach. Kiraly and Steffes have won 14 of 18 tournaments this season, including 10 of the past 11, and lead the tour in prize money with $226,937 each. They are top-seeded in the double-elimination event, which begins at 9 a.m. today at the north side of the Seal Beach Pier.
June 10, 1995
The top-seeded team of Holly McPeak and Nancy Reno advanced to the quarterfinals of a women's pro beach volleyball event Friday at Hermosa Beach. McPeak and Reno defeated Kristine Middeler and Maggie Philgence, 15-4, and Jenny Griffith and Pat Keller, 14-7, in a match called because of time. The second-seeded team of Linda Hanley and Angela Rock beat Erin Deiters and Shannon Vessup-Millen, 15-3, and Krista Blomquist and Gayle Stammer, 15-9. Minda Rich and Teri Schroeder, seeded No.
Top-ranked Karolyn Kirby and Liz Masakayan breezed through their first match on Saturday in the $40,000 World Championships at Manhattan Beach, but the defending champions struggled in their second match before finally winning. Kirby and Masakayan scored a 15-3 quarterfinal victory over eighth-seeded Jackie Campbell and Charlotte Roach in the morning.
August 11, 1995
The Long Beach Invitational begins today at 10 a.m., featuring two elements that are somewhat rare on the Women's Professional Beach Volleyball Tour: concrete and single-elimination play. Sand has been brought in to make a court over the concrete on the Promenade, which is less than a mile from the beach. The single-elimination format will be used for the first time in the WPVA's nine-year history.
June 2, 1991 | From Associated Press
Craig Buck wasn't a sand rat, so he never got into two-man beach volleyball. As the middle blocker on the U.S. national volleyball team for most of the 1980s, he didn't have time to play the traditional beach game. "I've been an indoor player my whole career, so I typically was busy all summer," Buck said. "My position is physically demanding. I have to jump every single play, so I would jump three or four times as much as any other player in practice.
There might be a bittersweet mood surrounding the Evian Women's Pro Beach Volleyball tournament at Long Beach, beginning today, because three teams will be conspicuously absent. The teams of Nancy Reno and Holly McPeak, Barbra Fontana Harris and Linda Hanley, and Gail Castro and Deb Richardson are in Atlanta preparing to represent the United States in the Olympic beach volleyball tournament, which begins July 23.
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