July 13, 1998 |
The Brazilian pair of Jose Loiola and Emanuel Rego teamed to win Sunday's $50,000 Miller Lite/AVP Open at Seal Beach, but the buzz afterward revolved around the play of David Swatik. It was Swatik, in his first Assn. of Volleyball Professionals tour final in five years, that turned the event into the best championship final of the season in front of a boisterous crowd of 3,300.
May 19, 1989 |
Mira Costa, the top-seeded volleyball team in the Southern Section 4-A playoffs, not only advanced easily Thursday night but proved Newport Harbor Coach Dan Glenn a prophet. Before the match-up at Corona del Mar, Glenn predicted that his team would lose if it could not extend the Mustangs to five games. Mira Costa barely broke a sweat in the semifinals, winning 15-5, 15-2 and 15-11 and advancing to the Saturday night championship game against Corona del Mar at Marina High.
July 27, 1997 |
With three of the top four seeded teams eliminated, Karch Kiraly and Adam Johnson have a great chance to advance to their first tournament final of the season in the $300,000 Miller Lite U.S Championships at Hermosa Beach. Their main competition, top-seeded Kent Steffes and Jose Loiola, was eliminated in a late-afternoon consolation match Saturday. After losing in the morning, Steffes and Loiola fell, 14-12, in overtime to Eduardo Bacil and Brian Gatzke.
August 28, 1999 |
This could only happen now, with stock portfolios bulging at the seams and power brokers clapping each other on the back at the end of each day. The Assn. of Volleyball Professionals, that wild and woolly gang of bronzed dudes from the dunes, has been bought by Spencer Trask Securities, a New York venture-capital firm. The AVP has emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings with a new owner, a new chief executive and, it says, a new product.
April 27, 1989 |
How good is Mira Costa's volleyball team? Coach Mike Cook doesn't know at this point in the season, but he'll have a better idea after his powerful Mustangs face a competitive field in the 25-team Redondo/Mira Costa Varsity Classic on Saturday. "We'll find out a little bit more about ourselves," he said. "From that respect, it will be a very good yardstick." Mira Costa, ranked No. 1 in the CIF-Southern Section 4-A Division, has yet to be challenged. The Mustangs improved to 15-0 overall and 10-0 in the Ocean League with a 15-3, 15-5, 15-4 sweep over Culver City on Tuesday.
April 30, 1993 |
The comparisons between David Swatik and Kent Steffes were inevitable. Like Steffes, Swatik left UCLA early to compete on the Assn. of Volleyball Professionals beach tour. In volleyball circles, the all-around game of Swatik--much like Steffes--gives him an advantage on the beach. Swatik, 20, a former Mira Costa High standout in his rookie season on the AVP tour, dislikes the comparisons. "It bugs me," he said. "I don't want to be Kent Steffes."