Men's South Africa Open 2004
Cape Town, March 23-28

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Brazil's Tande & Franco Strike "Surprising" South Africa Open Gold
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA, March 28, 2004 - Tande Ramos and Franco Neto "surprised" the international beach volleyball community here Sunday by upsetting top-seeded Emanuel Rego and Ricardo Santos in the finals of the US$180,000 South Africa Open in an All-Brazilian finale at Camps Bay before an over-flowing crowd of more than 2,000.

Seeded 12th-seeded in the 32-team Main Draw and playing in only their second SWATCH-FIVB World Tour event together, Tande and Franco scored a 27-25, 14-21 and 15-12 win over Emanuel and Ricardo to snap the top-ranked team's 25-match winning streak.

With the win, Tande and Franco shared the $27,000 first-place prize was Emanuel and Ricardo split $18,000 for the silver medal finish. Entering Sunday's finale, Emanuel and Ricardo had won their previous six gold medal matches without a defeat.

"We played very strong in the first set and were able to side out," said Franco after the one-hour match. "We had difficulty siding out in the second set and even changed sides to confuse them."

The third and deciding set was tied nine times with Tande and Franco never trailing after taking a 2-1 lead. Tied at 8s, 9s, 10, 11s and 12s, the winners took possession on a side out and scored the final two points a hitting error and Franco's block of Emanuel at the net.

"Tande's defense was strong in the third set," Franco said before the podium awards. "Emanuel was siding out well near the end of the match as we concentrated on serving him throughout the set. However, one of his attacks went wide and I figured out his attack on the final play and was able to block him at the end."

Benjamin Insfran and Harley Marques completed their brief two-event partnership earlier Sunday afternoon by capturing the bronze medal to ensure the first men's Brazilian podium sweep at a SWATCH-FIVB World Tour since 2000.

The third-seeded Benjamin and Harley score a 21-11 and 21-15 win in 41 minutes over 26th-seeded Robert Nowotny and Peter Gartmayer of Austria. Benjamin and Harley shared $14,000 for third-place while the Austrians split $11,000. In addition, Harley won the SWATCH fastest service award (99.2 kph).
Press releases
Date Press release
28-Mar-2004 Brazil's Tande & Franco Strike "Surprising" South Africa Open Gold
28-Mar-2004 Brasileños Tande y Franco sorprenden y conquistan medalla de oro en el Abierto de Sudáfrica
28-Mar-2004 Tande et Franco créent la surprise en Or du Tournoi d'Afrique du Sud
28-Mar-2004 Benjamin & Harley Net South Africa Open Bronze Medal
28-Mar-2004 Benjamín y Harley ganan medalla de bronce en Abierto Sudafricano
28-Mar-2004 Médaille de Bronze pour Benjamin et Harley en Afrique du Sud
27-Mar-2004 South Africa Open Nets All-Brazilian Gold Medal Match
27-Mar-2004 Abierto de Sudáfrica se define con final netamente brasileña por medalla de oro
27-Mar-2004 La médaille d'Or du tournoi d'Afrique du Sud sera brésilienne.
27-Mar-2004 Austrians & Brazilians Seek South Africa Beach Volleyball Medals
27-Mar-2004 Austriacos y brasileños por las medallas del Abierto Sudafricano
27-Mar-2004 Autrichiens et brésiliens à la recherche de médailles de Beach en Afrique du Sud
27-Mar-2004 Bosma & Herrera's Upset Win Secures Best Finish Together
27-Mar-2004 Bosma y Herrera vencen y aseguran su mejor resultado juntos
27-Mar-2004 Surprenantes victoires pour Bosma et Herrera et meilleure performance commune
26-Mar-2004 Dreams Come True for Austrians on Camp Bays Beach
26-Mar-2004 Sueño hecho realidad para los austriacos en playa Camp Bays
26-Mar-2004 Du rêve à la réalité pour les autrichiens sur la plage de Camp Bays
26-Mar-2004 Austrians Change Travel Plans After Netting Best Beach Finish
26-Mar-2004 Austriacos cambian planes de viaje tras ganar en la playa
26-Mar-2004 Les autrichiens changent leur programme de voyage après avoir réalisé leur meilleur résultat en Beach
26-Mar-2004 Camp Bays' Tides Slow South Africa Beach Volleyball Play
25-Mar-2004 South African & Japanese Teams Highlight Beach Volleyball Play
25-Mar-2004 Equipos sudafricanos y japoneses destacan en Voleibol de Playa
25-Mar-2004 Les équipes de Beach Volleyball d'Afrique du Sud et du Japon s'illustrent
25-Mar-2004 Japanese Tandem Post Upset Wins to Guarantee Best-Ever Finish
25-Mar-2004 Dupla japonesa se anota victoria y asegura su mejor resultado
25-Mar-2004 Bouleversantes victoires et meilleure performance de la paire japonaise
24-Mar-2004 French Tandems Pace South African Beach Volleyball Main Draw Qualifiers
24-Mar-2004 Duplas francesas avanzan al Cuadro Principal del Abierto de Sudáfrica
24-Mar-2004 Les paires françaises se distinguent aux qualifications du tournoi Sud Africain de Beach Volleyball
23-Mar-2004 Canada, France & Netherlands Pace Qualifying Winners
23-Mar-2004 Canadá, Francia y Holanda ganan en torneo clasificatorio
23-Mar-2004 Canada, France et Pays-Bas donnent le ton des qualifications
23-Mar-2004 Four South African Teams Win Country Quota Beach Volleyball Playoffs
23-Mar-2004 Cuatro equipos sudafricanos ganan el play-off de cuota por país
19-Mar-2004 South Africa Hosts First Beach Volleyball Event Since 1996
19-Mar-2004 Sudáfrica recibe el primer torneo de Voleibol de Playa desde 1996


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