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From 14 August To 25 August 2004

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USA's Holdren & Metzger Upset European Champions & Olympic Fourth-Seeds
Athens, Greece, August 20, 2004 - After losing their last two games in pool play, it did not look good for the United States' Dax Holdren and Stein Metzger as they entered their Round of 16 match in the Athens 2004 Olympic Games against fourth-seeded Markus Dieckmann and Jonas Reckermann of Germany

Despite losing a match in their pool, the Germans finished as the top team in their group and were considered one of the pre-Olympic favourites after winning an event this season on the SWATCH-FIVB World Tour along with five "final four" finishes.

In addition, Dieckmann and Reckermann had played in the past two European Championship finals with a win this season. And, the Germans had defeated the Americans in a three-setter in the 2004 season opener in Brazil.

Well, to the surprise of the assembled Olympic fans, Beach Volleyball followers and countless numbers of Americans and Germans in the crowd, Holdren and Metzger scored a 21-16, 19-21 and 15-13 win in 65 minutes over Dieckmann and Reckermann to eliminate the Germans from the competition.

"I think that was the worst I have played since I have been at the Olympics," said Metzger after the match. "I was feeling out of breath the whole game, didn't have a lot of energy and usually my role is yelling and screaming, keeping the team charged up. Today it was Daxton's turn to do that."

Metzger was surprised that the Germans "started serving me, which is rare. Dax gets most of the sets. I was struggling passing with the sun in my eyes, but luckily we made "quite" an incredible match, and I think I made three big plays at the end. The Germans are tough for us to play due to Reckermann."

With the victory, Holdren and Metzger will play the winner of the match between fifth-seeded Patrick Heuscher and Stefan Kobel of Switzerland against Joao Brenha and Luis Brenha of Portugal Sunday at a time to be determined.

In Friday's other Round of 16 men's match, Javier Bosma and Pablo Herrera won their fourth-straight match in the competition with a 21-16 and 21-17 win over Bjorn Berg and Simon Dahl of Sweden.

The Spaniards, who upset the Laciga brothers (Martin and Paul) of Switzerland in pool play to gain the No. 3-seed in the elimination bracket, will play again Monday the winner of the match between Argentina's Mariano Baracetti/Martin Conde against John Child/Mark Heese of Canada.