Men's competition, Berlin
From 23 June To 27 June 2004

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Brazilian & USA Matches Highlight Country Quota Rounds
It was almost like a "mini" tournament here Wednesday morning when three Brazilian teams featuring former gold medallists on the SWATCH-FIVB World Tour played off for the South American countries in the elimination rounds of the men's Qualification Tournament of the US$600,000 Smart Grand Slam.

Played at the Schlossplatz, ninth men's international Beach Volleyball event since 1995 in Berlin kicked off Wednesday with three country quota playoff rounds for teams from Brazil, host Germany and the United States. The Brazil matches attracted the most interest among the fans as each with former winners on the international tour competing.

In addition, Todd Rogers and Sean Scott survived possible elimination from the Smart Grand Slam as they kept their Olympic hopes alive out-lasting by out-lasting Canyon Ceman and Matt Fuerbringer 21-17, 16-21 and 15-12 in a 63-minute USA country quota match. The two teams were also scheduled to play in last week's Switzerland event, but airline delays forced their departure in the Olympic-qualifying event in Gstaad.

With the Smart Grand Slam weighted heavier in terms of Olympic qualifying points as compared to other tournaments on the 2004 SWATCH-FIVB World Tour, Rogers and Scott trail Dax Holdren and Stein Metzger for the second American berth by 176 points entering this week's event. If Rogers and Scott finish four places ahead of their United States rival, they could move ahead of Holdren and Rogers.

Now back to the Brazilians, who had already placed three teams in the Main Draw. With the team of Luizão Correa/Harley Marques watch, Fabio Magalhães and Paulo Emilio Silva scored a 23-21, 15-21 and 15-8 win in 58 minutes over Pedro Cunha and Pará Ferreira, who won the SWATCH-FIVB World Tour in Puerto Rico earlier this month.

The match featured Pará and Paulo Emilio. Pará ahs nine international tournament wins, including the 1997 FIVB World Champions. Paulo Emilio, who has five career FIVB titles, he teamed with Magalhães to place 13th in Switzerland last week while Pará took the week off to rest his right knee.

Harley, who won the last two Smart Grand Slams with Pará and Franco Net, respectively, and Luizão were looking for a rematch with Magalhães and Paulo Emilio after losing to them last week in the Switzerland country quota round 21-18, 17-21 and 17-15. This week's match also produced the same result with Magalhães and Paulo Emilio winning 12-21, 21-17 and 16-14 in 62 minutes.

In the German country quota matches, the teams of Julius Brink/Kjell Schneider, Hannes Ambelang/Manuel Riek and Thomas Koger/Kay Matysik advanced to the elimination bracket of the Smart Grand Slam, the second of five-straight mixed gender events on the 2004 SWATCH-FIVB World Tour.

Following the men's Qualification Tournament, the 32-team Main Draw the Smart Grand Slam Thursday. The eighth stop on the men's 2004 SWATCH-FIVB World Tour, the Main Draw concludes Sunday when the final two teams compete for the $43,000 first-place prize.

Part of the Olympic Beach Volleyball process, the Smart Grand Slam is the second of four-straight events in Europe before the July 11 deadline to determine the 24 men's teams for the 2004 Athens Games in August. The process concludes with events in Norway and Spain.
Press releases
Date Press release
27-Jun-2004 Second-Straight Final Nets German First International Gold
27-Jun-2004 Segunda final consecutiva les da primer oro internacional a alemanes
27-Jun-2004 Argentina's Baracetti & Conde Bronze Winners
27-Jun-2004 Swiss Brothers Net Seventh-Straight Smart Grand Slam Win
27-Jun-2004 Hermanos suizos se anotan su séptimo triunfo consecutivo en el Grand Slam Smart
27-Jun-2004 The 'Recking Ball Stops Argentinean's Hopes
27-Jun-2004 Alemanes detienen esperanzas argentinas
26-Jun-2004 Laciga's Luck Nets Smart Grand Slam "Final Four" Spot
26-Jun-2004 La suerte de los Laciga los lleva a semifinales en el Smart Grand Slam
26-Jun-2004 Emanuel & Ricardo Snare All-Brazil Win
26-Jun-2004 Emanuel y Ricardo se llevan duelo brasileño
25-Jun-2004 Germany Nets Men's "Final Four" Berth
25-Jun-2004 Alemania alcanza vacante en los "cuatro finales"
25-Jun-2004 Brazilians like Format, Seek Reversal
25-Jun-2004 A los brasileños les gusta el formato, y buscan revertir situación
24-Jun-2004 Different Week, Similar Look
24-Jun-2004 Semana diferente, parecido similar
24-Jun-2004 Sydney Olympic Gold Medallists on Different Path
24-Jun-2004 No Repeat Champions Again for Smart Grand Slam
23-Jun-2004 Men's Smart Grand Slam Main Draw Filled
23-Jun-2004 Se completa el Cuadro Principal del Gran Slam Smart Masculino
23-Jun-2004 Brazilian & USA Matches Highlight Country Quota Rounds
20-Jun-2004 German Men's Team Seeks More Successes

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