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  Acapulco  2007   Women's Open
23.10.2007 -  27.10.2007



Beach Volleyball on the Mexican Riviera

ACAPULCO 2007 - Affectionately called the Queen of the Mexican Riviera, Acapulco hosts the SWATCH-FIVB World Tour for the third-straight season after staging a Sydney Olympic qualifying event in 1999.  Located in the Mexican state of Guerrero, about 230 miles south of Mexico City on Mexico's southwest Pacific Coast, the city is bordered by the spectacular Acapulco Bay to the west, and by the majestic Sierra Madre mountains to the east.  The town has a population of about 1.5 million.  Acapulco is one of Mexico's top vacation destinations, attracting some 3.5 million visitors annually.  Famous for its stunning beaches, with their satiny, fine, white and golden sands - dotted with tall, majestic palm trees, Acapulco features nearly 20 miles of beaches.  La Condesa beach, located in the center of the Zona Dorada (Golden Zone), between the El Presidente and Continental Plaza hotels, is perhaps the most popular beach in Acapulco.


Men - The 2006 Acapulco stop was the first at which the Brazilians did not capture the majority of the podium spots.  Although Ricardo/Emanuel took the silver, the US duos of Gibb/Rosenthal and Rogers/Dalhausser took the gold and bronze, pushing the USA ahead in the total tally of SWATCH FIVB gold medals in Mexico. The best finish by a local team in 2006 was by the Ontiveros brothers, whose 13th place was the highest of three Mexican pairs participating in the tournament.





2006 Corona Open men's podium (left to right) with Emanuel, Ricardo, Gibb, Rosenthal, Rogers and Dalhausser



Year - Acapulco Gold Medal / Acapulco Silver Medal / Acapulco Bronze Medal

1999 - Bill Boullianne/Ian Clark, USA / Para Ferreira/Guilherme Marques, Brazil / Ze Marco deMelo/Ricardo Santos, Brazil

2005 - Emanuel Rego/Ricardo, Brazil / Pedro Cunha/Franco Neto, Brazil / Benjamin Insfran/Harley Marques, Brazil

2006 - Gibb/Rosenthal, USA / Ricardo/Emanuel, Brazil / Rogers/Dalhausser, USA




Total Medals - Brazil 6, USA 3


Site Year Gold Medal Silver Medal Bronze Medal
Acapulco 1999 Bill Bouillianne/Ian Clark, USA Guilherme Marques/Para Ferreira, BRA Ze Marco de Melo/Ricardo Santos, BRA
Rosarito 2000 Dax Holdren/Todd Rogers, USA Rob Heidger/Kevin Wong, USA Marcio Araujo/Benjamin Insfran, BRA
Acapulco 2005 Emanuel Rego/Ricardo, BRA Pedro Cunha/Franco Neto, BRA Benjamin/Harley Marques, BRA
Acapulco 2006 Gibb/Rosenthal, USA Ricardo/Emanuel, BRA Rogers/Dalhausser, USA
Totals   USA 3 Golds, Brazil 1 Brazil 3 Silvers, USA 1 Brazil 3 Bronzes, USA 1


Women - The Acapulco stop has been the stage for world firsts over the past two years. The 2005 final set a new record as Brazilians Juliana Felisberta Silva and Larissa Franca out-lasted Olympic and World Champions Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh 28-26, 40-42 and 15-13 in the 100-minute gold medal match. The 2006 edition saw Norway's Ingrid Torlen and Nila Ann Hakedal take the first step on to the podium for their country.  Three Mexican duos finished 25th in last year's tournament.




2006 Corona Open women's podium (from left to right) May-Treanor, Torlen, Talita, Hakedal, Walsh and Renata



Year - Acapulco Gold Medal / Acapulco Silver Medal / Acapulco Bronze Medal

1999 - Shelda Bede/Adriana Behar, Brazil / Pauline Manser/Kerri Pottharst, Australia / Angela Clarke/Natalie Cook, Australia

2005 - Juliana Felisberta Silva/Larissa Franca, Brazil / Misty May-Treanor/Kerri Walsh, USA / Rachel Wacholder/Elaine Youngs, USA

2006 - Walsh-May/Treanor USA / Renata/Talita Brazil / Hakedal/Torlen, Norway





Total Medals - USA 4, Brazil 3, Australia 2


Site Year Gold Medal Silver Medal Bronze Medal
Acapulco 1999 Shelda Bede/Adriana Behar, BRA Pauline Manser/Kerri Pottharst, AUS Angela Clark/Natalie Cook, AUS
Rosarito 2000 Shelda/Adriana, BRA Misty May-Treanor/Holly McPeak, USA Annett Davis/Jenny Johnson Jordan, USA
Acapulco 2005 Juliana F. Silva/Larissa Franca, BRA May-Treanor/Kerri Walsh, USA Rachel Wacholder/Elaine Youngs, USA
Acapulco 2006 Walsh-May/Treanor USA Renata/Talita Brazil Hakedal/Torlen, Norway
Totals   Brazil 3 Golds, USA 1 USA 2 Silvers, Australia 1, Brazil 1 USA 2 Bronzes, Australia 1, Norway 1