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  Modena  2006   Women's Open
11.05.2006 -  14.05.2006



PSP Italian Open Medal Match Notes


East end of the Romanesque Duomo with the Ghirlandina TowerA unique tri-city event as part of the 2006 Italian double


MODENA 2006 - Located in the northwest province of Emilia Romagna, Modena becomes the fifth Italian city to host a women’s SWATCH-FIVB World Tour stop after events in Pescara (1997), Vasto (1998), Cagliari (2000-2001) and Milan (2003-2005).  Two-time World Champions Adriana Behar and Shelda Bede of Brazil have competed together in the previous seven SWATCH-FIVB World Tour stops in Italy with two titles (1998 and 2004), two seconds (1997 and 2003), two thirds (2000 and 2001), and a fourth (2005).  The best finishes by an Italian teams in the seven events are fifths by the Olympic tandems of Laura Bruschini/Annamaria Solazzi (2000), and Daniela Gattelli/Lucilla Perrotta (2003 and 2004).  Known as "the capital of engines", Modena features the factories of most famous Italian car makers like De Tomaso, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Pagani, and Maserati.  Modena is the birthplace of the operatic tenor Luciano Pavarotti, and is also well known in culinary circles for its production of balsamic vinegar. Modena is also considered the capital city of Italian volleyball thanks to the perennial success of the Panini Modena team.






 Modena - The Cathedral




Total Medals - Brazil 12, USA 4, Australia 1, China 1, Czech Republic 1, Germany 1, Greece 1


Site Year Gold Medal Silver Medal Bronze Medal
Pescara 1997 Lisa Arce/Holly McPeak, USA Shelda Bede/Adriana Behar, BRA Sandra Pires/Jackie Silva, BRA
Vasto 1998 Shelda/Adriana, BRA Monica Rodrigues/Silva, BRA Pires/Adirana Samuel, BRA
Cagliari 2000 Ana Paula Connelly/Monica, BRA Annett Davis/Jenny J. Jordan, USA Shelda/Adriana, BRA
Cagliari 2001 Barbra Fontana/Elaine Youngs, USA Natalie Cook/Kerri Pottharst, AUS Shelda/Adriana, BRA
Milan 2003 Tian Jia/Wang Fei, CHN Shelda/Adriana, BRA Nancy Mason/Dianne DeNecochea, USA
Milan 2004 Shelda/Adiriana, BRA Shaylyn Bede/Renta Ribeiro, BRA Eva Celbova/Sona Novakova, CZE
Milan 2005 Juliana Felisberta Silva/Larissa Franca, BRA Vasso Karadassiou/Vassiliki. Arvaniti, GRE Stephanie Pohl/Okka Rau, GER
Totals   Brazil 4 Golds, USA 2, China 1 Brazil 4 Silvers, Australia 1, Greece 1, USA 1 Brazil 4 Bronzes, Czech Republic 1, Germany 1, USA 1


Two Italy 2006 SWATCH-FIVB World Tour Events

FIPAV President Carlo Magri (centre), flanked by Swatch-FIVB World Tour event organisers Vicenzo Santarelli (Roseto, left) and Claudio Giovanardi (Modena, right)

Forlì, Italy, January 28, 2006 - It was in the fitting environment of Italy's "Volleyland" exhibition that FIPAV President Carlo Magri was able to underscore the development of Beach Volleyball in Italy with the announcement that the European country will for only the fifth-time ever host two SWATCH-FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour stops in the same season.  Italy also hosted men's and women's events in the same season in 1997, 1998, 2000 and 2001.  More