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  Fortaleza  2007   Men's Open
27.09.2007 -  30.09.2007

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BRAZIL & UNITED STATES COMPETE FOR ANOTHER SWATCH GOLD MEDAL
 

Fortaleza, Brazil, September 29, 2007 - With the United States’ Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh spoiling a Brazilian “beach bash” here Saturday morning, a men’s team from the South American country will have an opportunity to reclaim the top spot on the Praia de Iracema podium Sunday at the US$400,000 the Banco do Brasil Open.

 

Top-seeded Emanuel Rego and Ricardo Santos will be seeking to avenge Juliana Felisberta Silva and Larissa Franca’s setback to May-Treanor and Walsh in the women’s finale Saturday when the Brazilians face fourth-seeded Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers in a Sunday match featuring past and present SWATCH-FIVB World champions.

 

Rogers, who will celebrate his 34th birthday Sunday, and Dalhausser joined May-Treanor and Walsh in winning the second most prestigious title in the sport of Beach Volleyball two months ago in the Swiss village of Gstaad.  Emanuel and Ricardo recorded their world title at the 2003 finale on Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro.

 

Both men’s teams won semi-final matches here Saturday afternoon after the top-seeded May-Treanor and Walsh scored a 21-16 and 21-14 win in 40 minutes over second-seeded Juliana and Larissa.  The young Brazilians were hoping to celebrate their third-straight tour championship with their sixth gold medal in 2007.

 

In rebounding from a 17th-place finish in their last SWATCH start last month in Austria, Dalhausser and Rogers scored a 21-16 and 21-12 win in 36 minutes over 18th-seeded Martin Laciga and Jan Schnider of Switzerland.  While the two-time Olympian Laciga was playing in his 31st FIVB semi-final match, Schnider was competing for his first-ever SWATCH “final four”.

 

The reigning Olympic champions, Emanuel and Ricardo rallied from a Friday afternoon setback to Dalhausser and Rogers (26-24 and 21-16 in 49 minutes) to win a pair of matches Saturday, including a 21-23, 21-18 and 15-10 win in 75 minutes over third-seeded and Brazilian rivals Marcio Araujo and Fabio Magalhaes.

 

It was the 16th SWATCH meeting between the two Brazilian teams with Emanuel and Ricardo now holding a 10-6 edge over Marcio Araujo and Fabio.  For the third-straight season, the two Brazilian tandems have placed 1-2 on the FIVB tour point’s list as Emanuel and Ricardo captured their fifth-consecutive SWATCH season crown earlier this month in Stare Jablonki, Poland.

 

Sunday’s title meeting will be the eighth SWATCH match between the two teams with Emanuel and Ricardo holding a 4-3 edge.  The Americans have won the last two meetings, including a 21-16, 13-21 and 19-17 semi-final win in 68 minutes as the 2007 SWATCH-FIVB World Championships.

 

Both teams have competed twice against each other for 2006 FIVB gold medals with Emanuel and Ricardo netting a title against the Americans in Croatia (21-14 and 21-17).  Dalhausser and Rogers upset the Brazilians in the Austrian grand slam finale (21-19 and 21-17).

 

Like May-Treanor and Walsh’s successful quest Saturday, Emanuel and Ricardo will also be seeking their 30th SWATCH gold medal Sunday to move to within one title of tying the all-time record of 31 for “open” FIVB crowns set by Adriana Behar and Shelda.

 

The 13th and final double gender event on the 2007 SWATCH-FIVB World Tour calendar, the Banco do Brasil Open will be the last of 17 men’s stops this season.  Thailand will host the final women’s international event this year at the start of November in Phuket.

  
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