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Final Day Pool Play Excitement for Olympic Beach Volleyball Players
Athens, Greece, August 17, 2004 - Three of the six women's pools in the Athens 2004 Olympic Games will be decided on the last day of preliminary competition as teams from Brazil, Cuba, the Czech Republic and the United States won here Tuesday for the second-time in as many matches.

Being played at the 10,000-seat Olympic Beach Volleyball Centre in the Faliro Coastal Zone, Wednesday's final preliminary rounds for Pools D, E and F will feature the teams of Natalie Cook/Nicole Sanderson and Summer Lochowicz/Kerri Pottharst of Australia, and Holly McPeak/Elaine Youngs of the United States.

The teams McPeak/Youngs, Cook/Sanderson and Lochowicz/Pottharst will be attempting to secure the fourth, fifth and sixth seeds, respectively, in the 16-team elimination bracket that will be played Friday and Saturday.

Cook and Sanderson will face once-beaten Stephanie Pohl and Okka Rau of Germany while the other two teams will be playing teams with two losses as they have already defeated the tandems in their pool with 1-1 records.

The final matches in Pools A, B and C will be played Thursday and will feature meetings teams with 2-0 records. The winner of those matches will fill the top three spots in the Round of 16 that includes the top two teams from each pool along with the four-best third-place finishers based on record, and set and point ratios.

Misty May and Kerri Walsh posted a win over a team from the Netherlands Tuesday for their second win and will play unbeaten Eva Celbova and Sona Novakova of the Czech Republic at 9 p.m. Thursday with the winner advancing from Pool A with the No. 1-berth for the elimination bracket.

Brazil's Adriana Behar and Shelda Bede defeated a team from Italy Tuesday afternoon and will play Cuba's Dalixia Fernandez Grasset and Tamara Larrea Peraza at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday for Pool B's top spot.

After defeating a team from Greece Tuesday, Ana Paula Connelly and Sandra Pires of Brazil will compete against Suzanne Lahme and Danja Musch of Germany at 3:30 p.m. Thursday to determine the Pool C winner. Lahme and Musch were upset by Nila Ann Hakedal and Ingrid Torlen of Norway 13-21, 21-17 and 15-12 Tuesday.

Cook and Sanderson close out their Pool D preliminary match schedule Wednesday at 11 p.m. against Germany's Stephanie Pohl and Okka Rau. Lochowicz and Pottharst complete Pool F play Wednesday against Hilda Gaxiola and Mayra Garcia of Mexico at 10 a.m.

Tuesday was the fourth 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.