June 28, 2006

Legends Moves Into First! N.F. Beach Volleyball Report

Start the night in second place; finish it in first. Now that's a good evening in the North Fork Beach Volleyball League. Team Legends certainly thought so as a flawless 4-0 week three performance last Monday in Pool #1 found the sandy quartet of Eric Wahl, Kathy Ryan, Andy Greene and Mike Ryan moved into a tie for first place in the league standings.

While Greene provided the pinpoint backcourt passes, Kathy Ryan carefully constructed the sets that Wahl bombed towards Legends' opponents. Their biggest win of the evening occurred against Native Eyewear, which had entered the game having won its first nine contests of the season. After some furious back and forth action, Legends held off a late attack to win 21-19. Earlier, Legends (10-2 overall) had defeated defending champion Scott Tyler's Automotive 21-16 and SandSkins 21-12. A 21-14 victory against a super-tough Penny Lumber squad completed the 4-0 night.

Mattituck Plumbing's no quit attitude continues to produce success on the courts at Breakwater Beach and after a 3-1 finish in Pool #3, the talented, athletic club's record stands at 5-7 after opening the season 0-4. "Steady passing from Christina and Karen Grefe were well complimented by killer hits from Gavin Moore, Kathy Moore and Ryan Wilsberg," said League President Mike Ryan.

Also in Pool #3, new league addition Lick-itty Splitz (5-7) once again had a strong week, going 3-1. Ryan stated that "The team of Mary Motto, Will Chilton, AJ McIntyre and Rich Shore displayed aggressive, offensive onslaughts en route to wins over AT Conference, Village Market, and a 23-22 nail biter over Mattituck Plumbing."

Native Eyewear, the talk of the NFBVL the first two weeks of the season was humbled by a 2-2 evening in week three although its effort in a close loss to SandSkins showed the team's resilience and heart. Native (10-2 overall) still managed to defeat Scott Tyler's Automotive 21-14 and Penny Lumber 23-21. "In some very breezy conditions, Barbara Olsen, Sean Symanski, Fernando Benito and James Ringer turned up their skilled game of ball control in the well earned victories," Ryan said.

SandSkins (6-6 overall) edged Native Eyewear 21-19 as John Ramirez, Seth Haugland, Al Concepcion and Jackie Pflaum recorded their only win of week three in their team's biggest game of the season.

Another team to be on the lookout for is Penny Lumber, which continues to play impressively each week. "Big hits from Rich Triandafils and Kevin Deslauriers combined with superb sets from Jen Triandafils and superb defense from Diane Hartill and Doug Van Slyke helped them remain solidly in contention for the league title," said Ryan. Penny went 2-2 in Pool #1 in week three and moved into third place in the overall standings with an 8-4 record.

Even with Chris DeNigris, last season's co-NFBVL MVP missing from the lineup, the 2005 champion Scott Tyler's automotive battled to a 2-2 finish on Monday as Eric Schonefeld, Tara Brown and Ray Preston would not be denied wins over both East End Sporting Goods and the Roy Reeve Agency by respective scores of 23-22 and 21-10.

The Kolb Mechanical (6-6) crew of Bob Burke, Becky Johnson, Joe Green and Robin Jaeger had a great evening in Pool #2, going 3-1; picking up notable wins against Country Time Cycle and Spike Nashbar. Volley Chick (7-5) also had its first 3-1 evening in Pool #2, climbing to 7-5 overall. "Monster hits from John Czartosieski and Fred Bracero along with killer defense from Christine Box and Joanna Ott, keyed the victories," stated Ryan.

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