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Swiss Brothers Lacigas Nets First Brazilian Opponent
Athens, Greece, August 21, 2004 - In a match that was not suppose to happen until the semi-finals, Saturday's first-round Beach Volleyball confrontation between the second- and third-seeded teams in the Athens 2004 Olympic Games saw the Laciga brothers of Switzerland eliminate a medal favourite from Brazil.

With both the Lacigas (Martin and Paul) and the Brazilian team of Benjamin Insfran/Marcio Araujo dropping pool play matches to lose their third- and second-seeds, respectively, the two SWATCH-FIVB World Tour powers had to play against each other in the opening round of the men's 16-team elimination bracket.

The Lacigas scored a 21-19, 19-21 and 15-12 in 67 minutes over Benjamin and Marcio Araujo before a near-capacity crowd at the 10,000-seat Olympic Beach Volleyball Centre. However, the Lacigas are done with Brazilians as the Swiss brothers play top-seeded Emanuel Rego and Ricardo Santos Sunday at a time to be determined at the Olympic Beach Volleyball Centre.

"It is a shame that this match was played today instead of Monday," said Marcio Araujo. "I did not have a good game. When you play the Lacigas and the other great teams in the world, you can not make mistakes. I made a lot mistakes to hurt our effort."

Martin Laciga "doesn't look back" on his team's pool play defeat to Javier Bosma and Pablo Herrera of Spain. "We got ourselves into this position. Obviously, no one knew who they were going to play since your names were dropped into the jar. Anytime you play a Brazilian team at this level, you are playing against the best."

Due to their losses in pool play, the Lacigas and Benjamin/Marcio Araujo landed in the upper half of the bracket due to a blind draw of second-place finishers form the preliminary rounds. In addition to Emanuel and Ricardo, the upper half of the Olympic also includes fourth-seeded Markus Dieckmann and Jonas Reckermann of Germany and fifth-seeded Patrick Heuscher and Stefan Kobel of Switzerland.

Like Benjamin and Marico Araujo, Dieckmann and Reckermann have already been eliminated from the competition after losing their first-round match Friday to Dax Holdren and Stein Metzger of the United States, who will play Heuscher and Kobel in a quarter-final match.

A third men's quarter-final match up was also determined Saturday afternoon as Christoph Dieckmann and Andreas Scheuerpflug of Germany and Julien Prosser and Mark Williams of Australia won their opening matches to advance to a Sunday meeting against each other.

Diieckmann, Markus' younger brother by four minutes, and Scheuerpflug advanced with a 21-19 and 21-12 win over Andrew Schacht and Joshua Slack of Australia. Prosser and Williams scored a 21-14 and 21-10 win over Colin Pocock and Gershon Rorich of South Africa.

One more first-round men's match remains Saturday when Mariano Baracetti and Martin Conde of Argentina face John Child and Mark Heese of Canada at 9 p.m. with the winner playing Bosma and Herrera Sunday in another quarter-final match.