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  Acapulco  2006   Men's Open
25.10.2006 -  28.10.2006



Acapulco, Mexico, October 20, 2006 - With Brazilian compatriots Juliana Felisberta Silva and Larissa Franca "poised" to set SWATCH-FIVB World Tour single-season records, reigning Olympic champions Emanuel Rego and Ricardo Santos have "quietly" set the men's annual earnings mark.

Both teams will be in action here next week for the US$400,000 Corona Open, the 10th and final double gender event on the 2006 SWATCH-FIVB World Tour.  Both Beach Volleyball tandems have already clinched the 2006 tour championships at international events last month.

Emanuel and Ricardo, who have teamed together since the end of the 2002 season, have bettered the previous men's single season record by sharing $333,000 in 2006 with five gold medals in 13 starts with no finish lower than fourth. 


Ze Marco de Melo teamed with Emanuel to set the record for most prize money in a season with $332,000 in 1996.  Juliana and Larissa shattered Emanuel and Ze Marco's mark last season with $409,750 in 15 SWATCH women's starts in 2005 with six titles.


Juliana and Larissa, who clinched their second-straight SWATCH-FIVB World Tour championship early last month in the Madeira Islands, need one gold medal in their final two international starts this season to set a single-season record for titles.


With seven 2006 titles, Juliana and Larissa are tied for the most-ever on the FIVB tour that started in 1987 for men and 1992 for women.  Five other Brazilian teams have posted seven FIVB titles in a season starting in 1995 by Roberto Lopes and Franco Neto.


Reigning Olympic champions Emanuel and Ricardo achieved their seventh international Beach Volleyball title in a season by winning the Athens 2004 Summer Games.  Emanuel and Ricardo, who captured the 2003 SWATCH-FIVB World Championships in Rio de Janeiro, also won seven FIVB gold medals last season, including a satellite title in Argentina.


Sandra Pires and Jackie Silva established the women's mark in 1996 that featured their gold medal finish at the Atlanta Olympic Games.  Emanuel and Jose Loiola joined Roberto Lopes and Franco on top of the men’s leader board with seven titles in 1999.


Adriana Behar and Shelda Bede became the fourth Brazilian team to win seven SWATCH titles in a season during the 2001 campaign.  Two-time SWATCH-FIVB World champions, Adriana and Shelda have won 32 FIVB-sanctioned events, including the 1999 PanAmerican Games in Canada.  With five gold medals this season, Emanuel and Ricardo top the men's list with 24 career titles to their credit.


With a pair of gold medal finishes at the Corona Open and the following weekend in Phuket, Thailand (November 1-5), Juliana and Larissa can also surpass their single-season record for earnings to give the young Brazilians $419,200 for 2006.


Juliana and Larissa have won seven of the 12 international events this season and enter the final two stops with $355,200 in winnings.  The South American pair has not finished lower than third this season with a string of 17-straight medal finishes on the SWATCH circuit.  Juliana and Larissa have won their last 12 SWATCH matches to improve their season record to 69-6.


Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh, the Athens 2004 Olympic gold medalists and two-time SWATCH-FIVB World champions, can tie Emanuel and Ricardo on the FIVB's career win list as the Americans have 23 career SWATCH titles to their credit entering the final two women's events this season.


Here are the Top 12 single-season performances:


Rank, Team, Country, Titles, Season, Gender

1, Franco Neto/Roberto Lopes, Brazil, 7, 1995, Men

1, Sandra Pires/Jackie Silva, Brazil, 7, 1996, Women

1, Jose Loiola/Emanuel Rego, Brazil, 7, 1999, Men

1, Shelda Bede/Adriana Behar, Brazil, 7, 2001, Women

1, Emanuel Rego/Ricardo Santos, Brazil, 7, 2004, Men

1, Emanuel Rego/Ricardo Santos, Brazil, 7, 2005, Men

1, Larissa Franca/Juliana Felisberta Silva, Brazil, 7, 2006, Women

8, Nancy Reno/Holly McPeak, United States, 6, 1995, Women

8, Shelda Bede/Adriana Behar, Brazil, 6, 1998, Women

8, Shelda Bede/Adriana Behar, Brazil, 6, 1999, Women

8, Larissa Franca/Juliana Felisberta Silva, Brazil, 6, 2005, Women

8, Misty May-Treanor/Kerri Walsh, United States, 6, 2005, Women


Rank, Team, Country, Earnings, Season, Gender

1, Larissa Franca/Juliana Felisberta Silva, Brazil, $409,750, 2005, Women

2, Larissa Franca/Juliana Felisberta Silva, Brazil, $355,200, 2006, Women

3, Emanuel Rego/Ricardo Santos, Brazil, $333,000, 2006, Men

4, Emanuel Rego/Ze Marco de Melo, Brazil, $332,000, 1996, Men

5, Emanuel Rego/Ricardo Santos, Brazil, $326,350, 2005, Men

6, Jose Loiola/Emanuel Rego, Brazil, $311,500, 1999, Men

7, Shelda Bede/Adriana Behar, Brazil, $305,000, 2001, Women

8, Marcio Araujo/Fabio de Jesus Magalhaes, Brazil, $290,700, 2005, Men

9, Marcio Araujo/Fabio Luiz Magalhães, Brazil, $289,000, 2006, Men

10, Sandra Pires/Jackie Silva, Brazil, $263,900, 1996, Women

11, Misty May-Treanor/Kerri Walsh, United States, $263,000, 2005, Women

12, Emanuel Rego/Ricardo Santos, Brazil, $260,500, 2004, Men

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