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  Stare Jablonki  2006   Men's Open
10.08.2006 -  13.08.2006


Poland Hosts Next Three FIVB Beach Volleyball Events

Lausanne, Switzerland, August 7, 2006 - With the completion of SWATCH-FIVB World Tour grand slam schedule where teams from China and the United States posted upset gold medal wins this past weekend in Austria, the women’s international Beach Volleyball circuit starts a three-week break while the men end the European portion of their schedule in Poland starting Wednesday in Stare Jablonki.

The US$200,000 Mazury Open is the first of three-straight FIVB events in Poland as this week’s men’s event is followed by the sixth annual SWATCH-FIVB World Champions for players under 21 in Myslowice (August 23-27).  The women resume their SWATCH-FIVB World Tour play August 30-September 3 when Warsaw hosts its inaugural international Beach Volleyball event.

Situated in the Taborskie Woods on the Lake Szelag Maly in Stare Jablonki, Hotel Anders hosts a men’s SWATCH-FIVB World Tour event for the third-straight season with both former Mazury Open gold teams expected to compete for this year’s $32,000 first-place prize.

Reigning Olympic champions Emanuel Rego and Ricardo Santos captured the inaugural Mazury Open title in 2004 when the Brazilians defeated Franco Neto and Tande Ramos for the gold medal.  Franco returns this season with his new Brazilian partner Pedro Cunha, a two-time SWATCH-FIVB U21 champion in 2001 and 2003.

Markus Egger captured his first-ever SWATCH gold medal last season in Stare Jablonki with Martin Laciga as the Swiss defeated Markus Dieckmann and Jonas Reckermann of Germany for the top spot on the Mazury Open podium with Emanuel and Ricardo placing third.  Egger’s status for this year’s event is uncertain due to a knee inflammation.

This past weekend’s SWATCH-FIVB World Tour action in Klagenfurt marked the 10th anniversary of the A1 Grand Slam as the jam-packed centre court crowd of more than 8,000 saw two teams win their first-ever international titles together by upsetting the top-ranked teams from Brazil.

Fifth-seeded Tian Jia and Wang Jie of China posted the first Lake Woerthersee upset by defeating top-seeded Juliana Felisberta Silva and Larissa Franca of Brazil 20-22, 21-16 and 15-11 in the 56-minute women’s final this past Saturday.  To earn a “final four” spot, the Chinese eliminated reigning Olympic and World champions Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh of the United States from the competition.

On the men’s side, 17th-seeded Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers upset the third-, fifth- and top-ranked teams on the SWATCH-FIVB World Tour enroute to capturing the United States’ first international title in over three years.  With their 21-19 and 21-17 gold medal win in 45 minutes over Emanuel and Ricardo, Dalhausser and Rogers ended a 50-event SWATCH title drought for the United States men.

Following the Mazury Open, the men take a six-week break before resuming play at the end of September in Vitoria, Brazil (September 25-October 1).  The event will be the ninth of 10 double gender SWATCH stops this season.  The women’s SWATCH tour will also have an event September 13-17 before rejoining the men Vitoria.

In addition to the Stare Jablonki stop, the FIVB will also be sanctioning three other Beach Volleyball events this week with Satellite events in Lausanne for men, and Eboli, Italy and Getxo, Spain, for women.  Next week, a double gender Satellite stop will be held in Vaduz, Liechtenstein for the second-straight year with another women’s Satellite event in Turku, Finland.

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