June 21, 2006

Native Eyewear Rises To The Occasion

Championship players can bring a championship attitude to any team, be it old or new. Case in point, team Native Eyewear, which with a second straight perfect 4-0 week, has taken a two-game lead in the North Fork Beach Volleyball League standings.

By adding a pair of East End beach volleyball superstars in Sean Symanski and Barbara Olsen and with strong players the likes of Fernando Benito and James Ringer already in place, team Native Eyewear is quickly emerging as one of the prime candidates to walk away with the North Fork Invitational Tournament trophy at the end of the summer.

Convincing wins over defending champions Scott Tyler's Automotive (21-13), team Legends (21-13), Sand Skins (21-9) and a 16-14 comeback win over a much-improved Penny Lumber squad were four solid reasons to believe that Native Eyewear is going to be a major force throughout the season.

Team Legends had its second straight 3-1 week in Pool #1, as the team of Eric Wahl, Kathy Ryan, Andy Greene and Mike Ryan topped Spike Nashbar 21-5, bested Sand Skins 21-18 and defeated Country Time Cycle 21-14 to grab a share of second place in the standings.

Legends shares that spot this week with a Penny Lumber team that has also opened the season with back-to-back 3-1 weeks; proving that a larger roster may pay dividends at the end of the evening. By having Kevin Deslauriers, Jen Triandafils, Rich Triandafils, John Hartill and Doug Van Slyke providing the digs, spikes and serves, Penny Lumber rolled to wins over Sand Skins, Country Time Cycle and Spike Nashbar. Penny also gave Native Eyewear its toughest contest of the evening, losing by only two points in a game that saw the Lumber lead for most of it.

Defending champs Scott Tyler's Automotive fought its way to a 2-2 evening and improved to 5-3 after two weeks of play as the squad of Eric Schonefeld, Tara Brown, Chris DeNigris and Ray Preston bested Spike Nashbar and Country Time Cycle by respective scores of 21-15, 21-17.

In Pool #2, multiple-time champions East End Sporting Goods found itself in a peculiar situation; playing in Pool #2 after the opening week is something that the team has very seldom done. Joan Alotta, Tom Alotta, Steve Kiefer and Frank Cosentino made the most of the night though, going 4-0 to improve their record to 5-3 overall; erasing a tough 1-3 opening week in the process.

Volleychick also had its best showing of the season and League President Mike Ryan stated that, "Volleychick cruised in wins over Kolb Mechanical and a pair over AT Conference before losing a close one to East End 15-21. The team of Joanna Ott, Christine Box, Freddy Bacero and John Czartosieski played well and they've climbed up to a .500 record of 4-4."

Bob Gammon, Patty Millman, Rich Pepper, Howie Brodis, Heather Lomaga and Geoff Penny, better known as The Roy Reeve Agency, swept through Pool #3, going 4-0 in week two after picking up a pair of wins against Mattituck Plumbing along with single-game victories over the Mattituck Village Market and Lick-itty Splitz. Roy Reeve is now 5-3 overall, which puts it in a four-way tie for fourth place in the league standings.

Mattituck Plumbing worked its way to two key wins in week two after opening the season 0-4, prevailing over the Village Market 21-5 and Lick-itty Splitz 21-15 as Ryan Wilsberg, Karen Grefe along with Kathy and Gavin Moore showed that when at full strength, they're a formidable opponent.

Lick-itty Splitz, one of the new teams to the league, won its first games of the season in week two, doubling up Mattituck Village Market by identical 21-19 scores. "Stellar performances by Mary Motto, Will Chilton, AJ McIntyre and Rich Shore keyed the wins for Lick-itty," said Ryan.

In other NFBVL news, the following are the results of the Save Dave Now Benefit Tournament that took place at Mattituck's Breakwater Beach courts on June 12.

In the Women's Open, first place went to the team of Barbara Olsen (Shirley) and Tara Brown (Patchogue). Second place was awarded to Lauren Prisco (Patchogue) and Ali Quinlan (Island Park) while Missy Weiss (Cutchogue) and Michelle Munro (Hampton Bays) took third.

In the Men's Open, Chris Klein (West Hempstead) and Greg Rubin (Oceanside) finished in first, Sean Symanski (Shirley) and Chris DeNigris (Coram) took second and Tom Alotta and Frank Consentino, both of Shirley, grabbed third place.

In the Men's AA division, Brian Barton (Lake Grove) and Al Aguila (Holbrook) were the winners while Westhampton's John Ramirez and Riverhead's Seth Haugland took second.

"Just over $1000 was raised on the day of the event, which went directly to Dave Deutsch who is stricken with ALS/Lou Gehrig's disease," Ryan said. "Please visit SaveDaveNow.com for more info."

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