An Olympic Preview on the Beach

With the world’s top players participating, the women’s portion of the FIVB beach volleyball tournament in Hermosa Beach this weekend figures to be a preview of the Olympics.

The top U.S. team of Holly McPeak and Nancy Reno is seeded second behind Brazilians Jackie Silva and Sandra Pires.

Silva and Pires have won the first two FIVB tournaments of the 1996 season, in Macelo and Recife, Brazil.

McPeak and Reno defeated Silva-Pires in the final of this event last year.


America’s No. 2 team of Angela Rock and Liz Masakayan is seeded seventh and that of Barbra Fontana Harris and Linda Hanley is seeded third. Rock-Masakayan failed to qualify for the Olympics at the trials earlier this month, but Fontana Harris-Hanley made the cut.

The third U.S. Olympic team of Gail Castro and Deb Richardson received a wild card into the main draw and is not seeded.

The top U.S. men will not be in Hermosa Beach because they are playing in a tournament on their pro tour in Cleveland.