Men's U21 Event 2004
PORTUGAL, Porto Santo

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Brazil & Germany Protect Men's FIVB U-21 World Championship Seeds
Porto Santo, Portugal, September 17, 2004 - Only Brazil and Germany maintained their Main Draw seeds after winning their final men's pool play matches here Friday at the fourth annual FIVB U-21 World Championships for players under 21 years old.

The two days of pool play competition determined the 16 teams for the single-elimination bracket that begins with two rounds Saturday. The mixed gender event concludes Sunday with the men's semi-finals and medal matches while the women's "final four" will be played Saturday.

Second-seeded Moisés Santos and Pedro Solberg Salgado of Brazil captured Pool G as expected while Germany's third-seeded Stanislav Bakumovski and Sebastian Dollinger maintained their seed after winning Pool I. Both teams posted 3-0 records after defeating teams from Russia and the United States, respectively.

Latvia also advanced two teams from pool play with 3-0 records, including 24th-seeded Valters Ramma and Toms Smedins (Pool G) and Martins Plavins and Aleksandra Samoilovs (Pool J). Other unbeaten pool play tandems were 20th-seeded Tom Götz and Stefan Uhmann of Germany (Pool K) and seventh-seeded Petr Nezdaril and Martin Tichy of the Czech Republic (Pool L).

Three of the four teams advancing to the Round of 16 had to qualify for the Main Draw by winning at least one preliminary match Wednesday. Ramma and Smedins had to post two qualifying wins as the Latvians have now compiled a 5-0 record this week.

Ramma and Smedins play 14th-seeded Mathijs Mast and Jorn Hoiskamp of the Netherlands in their first match Saturday morning with the winner playing either ninth-seeded Andreas Martin Sutter/Jonas Weingart of Switzerland or 19th-seeded Emil Siewiorek/Pawel Nalikowski of Poland in the afternoon quarter-finals.

Götz and Uhmann, another qualifying team, face 11th-seeded Ruslan Dayanov and Yaroslav Koshkarev of Russia in a first-round match with the victors challenging either Plavins/Samoilovs or 13th-seeded Arturo Flores/Ulises Ontiveros of Mexico in the quarters.

Fifth-seeded Grégoire Capitaine and Quentin Marion of France challenge Bakumovski and Dollinger in the first-round with the winner playing either Nezdaril/Tichy or eighth-seeded Miguel Angel Amo/Inocencio Lario of Spain.

Ian Borges and Oscar Brandão of Brazil, the 23rd-seeded team and another Main Draw qualifier, play 12th-seeded Felix Bläuel and Alexander Huber of Austria with the winner facing either Santos/Solberg Salgado or fourth-seeded Aden Tutton/Stuart Maycock of Australia in the quarter-finals.

Solberg Salgado is a defending FIVB U-21 World Champion after winning the title in France last season when he and Pedro Cunha defeated Daniel Krug and Mischa Urbatzka of Germany in the finals 21-12 and 21-18. Cunha also won the inaugural U-21 event in 2001 with Anselmo Sigoli and finished second with Adriano Fonseca in 2002 to Pablo Herrera and Raul Mesa of Spain

Solberg Salgado's sister Carolina has advanced to the semi-finals of the women's U-21 Championships with Taiana Lima, who won the 2002 U-21 title with Juliana Felisberta Silva. Carolina Solberg Salgado was third in last year's U-21 World finals with Maria Salgado Rufino in Saint Quay Portrieux, France.
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16-Sep-2004 Germany & Latvia Lead Men's FIVB U-21 World Championships
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