Pro Beach 4s - New York, NY - May 31-June 2, 1996


NEW YORK, Central Park (June 2, 1996) -- Mike Diehl (Huntington Beach, Cal./UCLA) led Team OP as they captured their first tournament victory of the 1996 Bud Light Pro Beach Volleyball season by defeating Team Paul Mitchell 15-11 Sunday in New York's Central Park.

Diehl's 11 kills, 5 blocks and 1 ace were to much for Paul Mitchell who entered the championshiop match at 4-0 after round robin play. Olympic Beach Volleyball hopeful, Jeff Williams (Santa Monica, Cal./ UCLA) recorded 8 kills for Paul Mitchell. Williams will represent the USA in the Final Four of the Olympic Beach Volleyball Trials in Baltimore June 4-9 and will miss the next Bud Light stop in Newport, RI.

Team OP advanced to the finals by defeating Team Sony Autosound 15-6 in the men's semi-final match earlier in the day. OP collects $10,400 for their victory, while Paul Mitchell collects $8,400 for finishing second.

Last weekend's tournament champion, Team Outdoor Products finished 0-4 and in last place on the weekend, while Sony Autosound finished in third place.


1. Sony Autosound $10,900
2. Paul Mitchell $9,100
3. NIKE $7,300
4. Discus Athletic $6,100
5. Norelco $4,600


1. OP $10,000
2. Paul Mitchell $8,400
3. Sony Autosound $6,400
4. Outdoor Products $5,200


Paul Mitchell def. Sony AutoSound 15-2
NIKE def. Discus Athletic 10-9
Paul Mitchell def. Norelco 15-3
Sony AutoSound def. NIKE 15-6
Norelco def. Discus Athletic 14-11

Three women's teams are tied with one win and one loss (Norelco, Sony, Nike) while Team Paul Mitchell heads into Saturday's action 2-0 at the Bud Light Pro Beach Tournament in New York.

Last weekend's runner-up, Team Discus Athletic finished the day 0-2. Former All-SEC selection and Tennessee Lady Volunteer, Diane Shoemaker (La Jolla, Cal.) recorded 11 kills in two games as team captain and 1992 Olympic bronze medalist, Janet Cobbs (Saint Paul, Minn./North Dakota State) looks to steer her team into its first final appearance of the year.

Second year player, Jennifer Meredith (Pacific Palisades, Cal./ Pepperdine) of Team Nike, tied Shoemaker with 11 kills on the day.

NIKE def. Paul Mitchell 15-11
Discus Athletic def. Sony AutoSound 15-5
NIKE def. Norelco 15-12
Paul Mitchell def. Discus Athletic 15-10

1992 Olympian, Janet Cobbs will lead 3-1 Team Paul Mitchell into the finals of the Bud Light Pro Beach Volleyball New York Tournament on Sunday.

Gabrielle Reece (LaJolla Cal./Florida State) will lead Team Nike into Sunday's semi-finals against the 2-2 Team Sony Autosound, who have turned the tide on their losing ways of last weekend's 0-4 performance. Reece recorded 33 killls on the day while Team Norelco team member and former Pac-10 All-American, Marissa Hatchett (Los Angeles, Cal./UCLA) followed behind with an impressive 23 kills on the day.


SEMI-FINAL - Sony AutoSound def. NIKE 15-11
FINAL - Sony AutoSound def. Paul Mitchell 15-12

Led by former team captain, Kim Oden's 12 kills, Sony claimed its first win for 1996. Paul Mitchell was led by Annett Buckner, who had 14 kills.

Sand Notes

Statistical Leaders


Kills          Team     Number
Reece          Nike       45
Shoemaker      PM         42
Hatchett       Norelco    29

Digs           Team     Number
McKienzie      Norelco    31
Kurt           PM         26
Cox            Discus     24

Blocks         Team     Number
Reece          Nike        7
Hatchett       Norelco     6
Oden           Sony        5


Paul Mitchell def. Outdoor Products 14-12
OP def. Sony Autosound 11-6
Paul Mitchell def. Sony Autosound 15-13

1996 Olympic Beach hopeful, Jeff Williams (Santa Monica, Cal/ UCLA) will lead 2-0 Team Paul Mitchell into day two of the Bud Light Pro Beach Volleyball League.

Netherland's native and league rookie, LeLand Quinn (Huntington Beach, Cal/UC Irvine) had a career day for his Team Sony Autosound as he ledd all players with 26 kills.

Defending 1995 league champions Team Sony Autosound finished 0-2 on the day. Team Outdoor Products and OP finished the day 0-1.

OP def. Outdoor Products 12-11
Paul Mitchell def. OP 15-5
Sony Autosound def. Outdoor Products 10-9

1984 Olympic gold medalist, Craig Buck recorded 6 kills as Team Paul Mitchell will advance to the finals on Sunday with a 2-1 record. The winner of the OP vs. Sony match will move into the championship round to face Paul Mitchell.

Team OP's Mike Diehl (Huntington Beach, Cal/UCLA) posted 23 kills on the day. Sony's LeLand Quinn continued his league leading pace with 13 kills in his only game of the day.

Paul Mitchell def. Outdoor Products 9-8
SEMI-FINAL - OP def. Sony Autosound 15-6
FINAL - OP def. Paul Mitchell 15-11

Statistical Leaders


Kills          Team     Number
Quinn          Sony       47
Hanan          Outdoor    44
Diehl          OP         43

Digs           Team     Number
E. Sato        Outdoor    33
Sullivan       Sony       26
Greenbaum      PM         17

Blocks         Team     Number
Buck           PM         13
Duke           OP         13
Diehl          OP          7

The Bud Light Pro Beach Volleyball League will continue next weekend in Newport, RI as the men wil begin play Saturday, June 8. The women have the week off and will rejoin the men in Detroit June 14.
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