Men's U21 Event 2004
PORTUGAL, Porto Santo

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Brazil, Germany, Latvia & Spain Compete for Men's FIVB U-21 World Title
Porto Santo, Portugal, September 18, 2004 - It will be the teams from Brazil, Germany, Latvia and Spain in the "final four" of the fourth annual men's FIVB U-21 World Championships for players under 21 years old after each country posted quarter-final victories Saturday afternoon.

Latvia's Valters Ramma and Toms Smedins, the 24th-seeded team after having to post two qualifying wins Wednesday to gain a Main Draw berth, play 20th-seeded Tom Götz and Stefan Uhmann of Germany in Sunday's first semi-final. The second semi-final will pit second-seeded Moisés Santos and Pedro Solberg Salgado against eighth-seeded Miguel Angel Amo and Inocencio Lario of Spain.

Winners of eight-straight matches this week, Ramma and Smedins advanced to the "final four" with a 21-12 and 30-28 win over ninth-seeded Andreas Martin Sutter and Jonas Weingart of Switzerland in 36 minutes.

Götz and Uhmann, who had to also win a qualifying match Wednesday with seventh-straight wins to their credit this week, spoiled the plans for an All-Latvian semi-final by eliminating 16th-seeded Martins Plavins and Aleksandra Samoilovs 21-18, 21-19 and 15-13 in 44 minutes.

In an All-Brazilian quarter-final match, Santos and Solberg Salgado posted a 21-12, 19-21 and 15-13 in 54 minutes over 23rd-seeded Ian Borges and Oscar Brandão. Amo and Lario advanced to Sunday's final matches with a 17-21, 21-14 and 17-15 win over Capitaine and Marion in 50 minutes.

After losing to Götz and Uhmann in pool play Thursday 22-20 and 21-15, Amo and Lario earned a spot in the Round of 16 elimination bracket by defeating Capitaine and Marion for the first-time on the Porto Santo Centre Court Thursday 15-21, 21-17 and 16-14. Amo and Lario will be seeking Spain's second FIVB U-21 title as Pablo Herrera and Raul Mesa won the 2002 crown after placing second in 2001.

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. Santos and Solberg Salgado will now seek Brazil's fourth-straight FIVB U-21 World Championships medal after the South American country placed first twice and second once in the first three championships.

Solberg Salgado's sister Carolina has advanced to the 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.
Press releases
Date Press release
19-Sep-2004 Amo & Lario Net Spain's Second Men's FIVB U-21 World Championship
19-Sep-2004 Latvians & Spaniards Spoil Title Rematch Plans at Men's FIVB U-21 Worlds
18-Sep-2004 Brazil, Germany, Latvia & Spain Compete for Men's FIVB U-21 World Title
18-Sep-2004 Brazil & Latvia Headed for Men's FIVB U-21 World Championship "Final Four"
17-Sep-2004 Brazil & Germany Protect Men's FIVB U-21 World Championship Seeds
16-Sep-2004 Germany & Latvia Lead Men's FIVB U-21 World Championships
15-Sep-2004 Brazil, Germany, Latvia & Venezuela Advance in FIVB U-21 Worlds, but for others...


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