July 05, 2006

Native Eyewear On The Attack North Fork Beach Volleyball Report

Now this is a way to head into the Fourth of July break! Native Eyewear was one of three teams to have a fantastic night in Pool #1 last week as the action in the North Fork Beach Volleyball League really began to heat up. Team Native went 3-1 and picked up its most important win of the evening against Legends, knocking the talented veterans out of first place in the process.

Once again, the newly formed team of Sean Symanski, Barbara Olsen, Fernando Benito and James Ringer harnessed its skill and athleticism into victories over East End Sporting Goods, defending league champions Scott Tyler's Automotive and Legends. Native Eyewear (13-3 overall) showed its resilience against Scott Tyler's, trailing in extra play 22-21 before rallying for a 23-22 victory. "Fernando, James and Sean split the offensive duties with some well placed shots and thunderous hits," said NFBVL President Mike Ryan. "Barbara provided some stellar sets that the Native hitters routinely put away with authority."

Continuing to impress with each passing week, Penny Lumber fought its way to a 3-1 evening in Pool #1; improving the team's record to 11-5 and taking sole possession of third place in the process. Ryan stated that, "Stellar setting from Jen Triandafils and tenacious back court defense from Diane Hartill were well complimented by powerful spikes from Rich Triandafils and Kevin Deslauriers."

Penny was the only team to record a win against Native Eyewear in week four, sending the eventual first place foes off the courts at Mattituck's Breakwater Beach with a commanding 21-16 loss. After four weeks, Penny Lumber has established itself as a legitimate championship contender.

Scott Tyler's Automotive (10-6 overall) narrowly missed going undefeated in Pool #1 and had to settle for a 3-1 night that included wins against Legends, Sand Skins and Volley Chick by respective scores of 21-16, 21-16 and 22-20. "Huge hits from Ray Preston, Eric Schonefeld and Chris DeNigris along with Tara Brown's superlative back court digs picked up the team in clutch situations when the outcome of games were on the line," said Ryan.

Legends, which entered the night alone in first place, managed to walk away with two wins as Mike and Kathy Ryan along with Eric Wahl and Andy Greene defeated both East End Sporting Goods and Penny Lumber by identical scores of 21-19. Legends now sits in second place with a 12-4 record.

Country Time Cycle was the top team in Pool #2, going 3-1 to improve its overall season record to 8-8 with wins coming against The Roy Reeve Agency and Kolb Mechanical (two-game set). "Matt Brown's delivery of some big hits, Jon Weber's shot making, Jason Curra's precise sets and Robin Smith's big defensive stops all paid dividends as well in the wins," Ryan said.

Lisa Tuthill's presence in the lineup helped Mattituck Plumbing continue its rise to the top 10 as the team went 2-2 in Pool #2 with the help of Ryan Wilsberg, Karen Grefe, Gavin Moore and Kathy Moore. Mattituck Plumbing's victories were against Country Time Cycle and the Roy Reeve Agency, improving its record to 7-9.

In Pool #3, Spike Nashbar had little difficulty spiking its way to the only 4-0 night of week four as the team of Missy Weiss, Steve Kuhl, Mike Kimmelman and Lisa Hinsch went from 3-9 to 7-9 in just a few hours. Even more impressive was the performance of former Mattituck High School star athletes Matt Szpakowski and Ryan Evans, who played shorthanded but still managed to go 3-1. Evans and Szpakowski, representing team AT Conference, picked up two wins over Mattituck Village Market (21-11, 21-17) and one against Lick-itty Splitz (21-18) to improve to 7-9.

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