|Termoli, Italy, September 11, 2004 - One thing is for certain in the third-annual, Brazil and Germany will play against each other in the semi-finals of women's FIVB World Championships for players under 18 years old as both countries had two teams each win matches here Saturday on Rio Vivo Beach.
While the Brazilians and Germans fill the quarter-final slots in the bottom-half of the bracket, teams Estonia, Poland, the Netherlands and the United States will compete in the top-half of the 16-team single-elimination draw for two other semi-final berths.
Led by Carolina Solberg Salgado, Brazil has placed fourth and second in the first two FIVB U-18 World Championships in Greece and Thailand, including a silver medal finish last season with current partner Barbara Figueiredo. The second-seeded Solberg Salgado and Figueiredo play 22nd-seeded Carolina Aragao and Clarisse Peixoto for Brazil's spot in Sunday's semi-finals.
Solberg Salgado and Figueiredo scored a 21-8 and 21-11 win over 20th-seeded Angelique Remmers and Maloes Wesselink of the Netherlands in their opening match Saturday. Aragao and Peixoto, Brazil ousted 12th-seeded Tanja Goricanec and Taryn Sciarini of Switzerland 21-17 and 21-11.
Germany has claimed four of the first six U-18 World Championship medals awarded with a silver and bronze in 2002 and a gold and bronze in 2003. Third-seeded Florentina Büttner and Julia Sude play 19th-seeded Lina Gorenc and Katarina Schillerwein for Germany's semi-final berth.
Büttner and Sude, Germany advanced to the quarter-finals with a 21-10 and 21-12 win over top-seeded Lisa Braggion and Alessia Golinelli of Italy while Gorenc and Schillerwein eliminated eighth-seeded Eva Krystova and Veronika Opravilova of the Czech Republic 21-19 and 22-20.
Saturday's opening quarter-final matches have 24th-seeded Oksana Bosjanok and Kadri Puri of Estonia facing 23rd-seeded Katarzyna Urban and Joanna Wiatr of Poland while fourth-seeded Cynthia Barboza and Stephanie Barry of the United States face fifth-seeded Marleen Van Iersel and Margo Wiltens of the Netherlands.
The FIVB U-18 World Championships also features men's competition as both genders conclude play Sunday with the semi-finals and medal matches for both genders.