Arizona Flames Feature Top Professionals(San Diego) - The Arizona Flames of the National Volleyball Association, the premier women's indoor volleyball league, has completed its roster for the 1997 season. The Flames, coached by three-time Junior College Coach of the Year, Albert Gasparian , and his assistant coach, also assistant coach at Pima College, Heather Moore, will begin its inaugural season with a tremendous group of players. The Flames drafted Joy McKienzie for their first round pick. McKienzie was an NCAA All-American on the 1993 National Championship Team Long Beach State before turning pro. She has since played both in the NVA and on the 4-person pro beach tour. At 6' 3", second round pick Lauri Yust, an NCAA All-American from USC, will give the team its strength in the middle. The team also features several great local players including former All-Pac 10 players from the University of Arizona Barbara Bell and Charita Johnson.
player position college honors residence Joy McKienzie S Long Beach State NCAA All-American; 4-Person Pro Beach Huntington Beach, CA 1993 National Champions Lauri Yust MB USC 1994 NCAA All-American; Rancho Palos Verdes, CA Two-time All-Region Brita Schwerm OH Long Beach State AVCA All-American; All-Big West Huntington Beach, CA 4-Person Pro Beach Tour Charita Johnson MB Arizona All-Pac 10; All-Region; Pro in France Tucson, AZ Jennifer Wrightson OH U. of San Diego Conference Player-of-the-Year; All-Region San Diego, CA 4-Person Pro Beach Tour Barbara Bell OH Arizona Three-time All-Pac 10; Three-time All-Region Tucson, AZ Melissa Ferris OH Arizona Pro in Swittzerland Tucson, AZ Ingrid Roosild OH New Mexico 1996 DVA Champions Albuquerque, NM Katy Fawbush OH Arizona Also played at University of Iowa Santa Monica, CA Holly Olson S Oklahoma UTA All-Tournament Team Albuquerque, NM Head Coach: Albert Gasparian 3-time Junior College Coach of the Year (714) 895-8331 Asst. Coach: Heather Moore Asst. Coach at Pima College (520) 884-6737 Team Colors: Maroon/Gold
Feb 8 Sat vs. Utah @ Tucson, Arizona 7:30 p.m. Feb 15 Sat vs. St. Louis @ St. Louis, Missouri (Maryville) 7:30 p.m. Feb 23 Sun vs. Iowa @ Tucson, Arizona 2:00 p.m. Mar 1 Sat vs. Iowa @ Cedar Falls, Iowa (UNI) 7:30 p.m. Mar 2 Sun vs. Nebraska @ Burke, Nebraska (Burke) 1:00 p.m. Mar 8 Sat vs. Utah @ Salt Lake City, Utah (SLCC) 7:30 p.m. Mar 29 Sat vs. Colorado @ Tucson, Arizona 7:30 p.m. Apr 5 Sat vs. St. Louis @ Tucson, Arizona 7:30 p.m. Apr 13 Sun vs. Nebraska @ Tucson, Arizona 2:00 p.m. Apr 19 Sat vs. Colorado @ Denver, Colorado (Regis) 7:30 p.m. April 26 Sat SEMIFINALS TBD May 10 Sat CHAMPIONSHIP TBD The season opener is Saturday February 8 when the Flames host the Utah Golden Spikers. The match is at 7:30 p.m. at Pima Community College in Tucson. For ticket information call 1-800-577-4537. Where: Pima Community College 2202 W. Anklam Rd. Tucson Single Matches Ticket Price Adult General Admission $5 Child Admission (ages 3-10) $3
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