This year’s champions at the 19th annual BarryBob Invitational beach volleyball tournament, held just south of the Manhattan Beach Pier, came together with no fanfare when the teams were being made up and it turned out to be a perfect match in the end.
A team led by Manhattan Beach’s Greg Shankle defeated Danny Ortega’s team 15-13 in the championship last Sunday that turned out to be competitive in the final moments of the match.
Shankle, 45, who played at Pepperdine and then some as a professional on the AVP Tour, did a lot of the spiking at the net while his teammates got low for the digs and helped keep the ball alive.
It was the first time in the tournament for Shankle, who helped his team get by the always tough Scotty “Lock” Lane in the semifinals.
“It’s a great tournament. It has a great vibe.”
His teammates were the Del Riego family.
“It was awesome,” said Joe Del Riego, 52, who played alongside his wife Anna, 46. “In any of these four-man tournaments to make it to the final is unbelievable. They’re hard to win.”
It was his first BarryBob final and first championship.
“BarryBob is one of the best,” Joe Del Riego said. “It’s a major (four-man event).”
His wife won for the first time.
“It’s amazing,” said Anna Del Riego, who won on the fourth try. “To win with my husband and my brother-in-law and Greg is a good friend of ours. We loved playing together, great chemistry and so much fun.”
She added, “We play all the time together. We know each other’s strengths and weaknesses and we let each other do our…
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