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Australia & United States Teams Post 2-0 Olympic Beach Volleyball Marks
Athens, Greece, August 16, 2004 - Led by Sydney 2000 gold medallists Natalie Cook and Kerri Pottharst, three women's teams improved their Athens 2004 Olympic Beach Volleyball pool play to 2-0 with wins here Monday.

While Cook and Pottharst are not teamed together for the 2004 Games, the Aussie women continue to add to their Olympic winning streak that started with their bronze medal finish at the Atlanta 1996 Games followed by five-straight wins enroute to the Sydney gold.

Cook won her eighth-straight Olympic match as she and Nicole Sanderson rallied from a 14-10 deficit in the third-set of their match with Lu Wang and Wenhui You of China to take the Pool E match 21-19, 17-21 and 17-15.

The Aussies close out their preliminary match schedule Wednesday at 11 p.m. against Germany's Stephanie Pohl and Okka Rau, who dropped a 18-21, 21-19 and 15-13 decision to the Yanchulova sisters (Lina and Petia) of Bulgaria. The Yanchulovas play the Chinese at 9 a.m.

Pottharst, who is play with Summer Lochowicz in the Athens Pool F, joined Cook with eight-straight Olympic wins Monday evening by disappointing Vasso Karadassiou and Efi Sfyri's hometown crowd by defeating the Greeks 21-15, 15-21 and 16-14.

China's Tian Jia and Wang Fei won the other Pool F match by defeating Hilda Gaxiola and Mayra Garcia of Mexico 21-19 and 21-15 Monday afternoon. The Chinese play Karadassiou and Sfyri Wednesday 10 p.m., while Lochowicz and Pottharst face the Mexicans at 10 a.m.

Holly McPeak and Elaine Youngs won their second Pool D match by posting a 21-13, 12-21 and 15-9 win over Guylaine Dumont and Annie Martin of Canada. The other match in the fourth pool was an upset win by Susanne Glesnes and Kathrine Maaseide of Norway.

Playing the team that defeated them in the finals of the 2004 women's European Championships, the Norwegians posted an 18-21, 21-17 and 15-13 win over Nicole Schnyder and Simone Kuhn of Switzerland. McPeak and Youngs face the Swiss at 8 p.m. Wednesday while the Canadians and Norwegians play at 3:30 p.m.

Monday's play was the third of six days of women's pool play where 16 of the 24 teams in the competition will advance to the elimination bracket. The women's medal matches are scheduled for August 24.