June 14, 2006
Sand Skins, Native Eyewear Go Undefeated
The North Fork Beach Volleyball League began its 12th season in the sand on June 5 as no less than 15 teams squared off in separate pools to determine which squads would leave Mattituck's pristine Breakwater Beach without a blemish to its record in week one.
Both team Sand Skins and team Native Eyewear went a perfect 4-0 as the 15 teams split into three competition pools; seven in one and four in the other two, with the week one seeds based upon the standings at the end of the 2005 regular season.
Sand Skins had little difficulty dominating Pool #2 as the trio of John Ramirez, Seth Haugland and Al Concepcion recorded two wins against AT Conference by scores of 21-8 and 21-13, Volley Chick (21-15) and the Roy Reeve Agency (21-17).
AT Conference, a new addition to the league, looked impressive on Monday, recording victories against Volley Chick 21-11 and the Roy Reeve Agency by a closely contested 21-19 score. Led by setter Kelly Urbanik along with former Mattituck High School standout athletes Rob Conklin, Ryan Evans and Maciej Szpakowski, AT Conference already looks to be a formidable opponent this season.
In Pool #3, Native Eyewear was sparked by "a high octane offensive onslaught," according to League President Mike Ryan. Former East End Sporting Goods star Sean Symanski along with Barbara Olsen, Fernando Benito and James Ringer sent Mattituck Village Market home with 21-9 and 21-4 losses, defeated Spike Nashbar 21-11 and dropped Lick-itty Splitz 21-4. Expect to Symanski and Co. back in Pool #1 next week, and for many weeks to come.
The loss to Native Eyewear was the only one that Spike Nashbar suffered in week one. "The team of Steve Kuhl, Lisa Hinsch and Missy Weiss started the season off with a bang and earned the chance to challenge in Pool # 1 next week," said Ryan.
Over in Pool #1, the NFBVL champion Scott Tyler's Automotive team addressed its challengers with authority, opening the season winning three of its four games including victories over East End Sporting Goods (21-17), Country Time Cycle (23-22) and Kolb Mechanical (21-10). The strong play of Eric Schonefeld, Chris DeNigris, Ray Preston and Tara Brown is a good indication that this team will again be a major threat for the league crown.
Legends, which also went 3-1, delivered a loss to Scott Tyler's Auto while also defeating Penny Lumber and Mattituck Plumbing. "Eric Wahl's timely hits and Andy Greene's backcourt defense keyed the win for us," Ryan said.
Penny Lumber ran the table after its loss to Legends in Pool #1, picking up impressive victories against Kolb Mechanical, Country Time Cycle and a valiant Mattituck Plumbing team that only had two available players. Ryan Wilsberg and Karen Grefe gave their all and although they started 0-4, their effort bodes well for this young, improving group.
Cohesive play from the team of Kevin Deslauriers, Jen Triandafils, Rich Triandafils, John Hartill, Diane Hartill and Doug Van Slyke gave Penny Lumber plenty of reasons to smile in week one.
One team that certainly felt the effects of playing without Symanski, one of its longtime standouts was East End Sporting Goods which registered a 1-3 evening in Pool #1 although the team of Steve Kiefer, Tom Alotta, Joan Alotta and new addition Frank Cosentino did manage to gain a well-played win over Legends by a 21-9 score.
Becky Johnson, Joe Green, Robin Jaeger and Bob Burke, collectively known as team Kolb Mechanical, survived a marathon game against a very shorthanded Mattituck Plumbing duo, prevailing 23-21 and they ended the night 2-2 after a 15-13 win over East End Sporting Goods.
Ryan also said, "Jon Weber, Matt Brown and Jason Curra of Country Time Cycle hustled their way to wins over Mattituck Plumbing and East End Sporting Goods by scores of 21-1 and 21-19."
Beginning in week two, teams will be seeded according to regular season standings for the duration of the season as the competition and the sand begins to heat up.
The NFBVL played host to the Save Dave Now Tournament at Breakwater Beach in Mattituck on Saturday and Native Eyewear Mens' Open winner Chris Klein along with Volleychick Womens' Open Winner Barbara Olsen received points towards the AVPNext national beach championships.