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Brazilian Country Quota Match "No Fun"
GSTAAD, SWITZERLAND, June 16, 2004 - Playing in country quota matches are never "fun" for Beach Volleyball teams, especially for those with "lofty" seeds and have to travel from a site from outside the host country.

And the men's country quota action here Wednesday for two highly-seeded Brazilian teams was exactly that as one advanced to the elimination bracket in the 49-team Qualification Tournament while one has to wait for a possible rematch next week in Germany.

There was no "fun" for top-seeded Luizão Correa and Harley Marques as the pair dropped an 18-21, 21-17 and 17-15 in 60 minutes to fellow Brazilians Fabio Magalhães and Paulo Emilio Silva in one of the four country quota sessions Wednesday morning. Other countries playing off for spots in the qualifying elimination brackets were Austria, Germany and host Switzerland.

With the defeat, Luizão and Harley are eliminated from the competition. The seventh-seeded Magalhães and Paulo Emilio, who are playing in their third SWATCH-FIVB World Tour event together, need to win two more qualifying matches to advance to the Main Draw.

"Fabio made two blocks at the end of the third-set to secure the win for us," said Paulo Emilio. "This match was very tough on both teams since the loser is done. I am disappointed for our rivals since they are very capable of placing high in this tournament. However, I very pleased for us. We have been training hard the past two months to play in the next FIVB seven events."

After placing 17th in March's 2004 SWATCH-FIVB World Tour season opener in Brazil, Magalhães and Paulo Emilio elected to remain in Brazil to prepare for the European portion of the international circuit. "Our training paid off today," said Paul Emilio. "There are a lot of good teams competing in the qualifier and we just beat the best one. Now, we must take care of business.

Paulo Emilio, who won the silver medal at the 2003 Pan American Games with Luizão, is no stranger to the SWATCH-FIVB World Tour as he is playing in his 81st international event. He won five international titles from 1992-1997 with Paulao Moreira. Paulo Emilio has also posted 20 "final four" finishes internationally with 12 podium placements.

Magalhães, who is playing in his third international event with Paulo Emilio, is a newcomer to the beach game as he is playing in his 10th SWATCH-FIVB World Tour event. The 6-8 Brazilian played in one event in 2002 with Luizão and six stops last season with Jose Loiola.

The first of five-straight mixed gender events on the SWATCH-FIVB World Tour, the US$360,000 1to1 Energy Open started Wednesday for the men with the first of two days of qualifying to determine the final eight entries into the Main Draw.

The men's Main Draw starts Friday and concludes Sunday when the final two teams compete for the $27,000 first-place prize. The 1to1 Energy Open is the seventh men's event on the SWATCH-FIVB World Tour after opening stops in Brazil, South Africa, China, Serbia & Montenegro, Portugal and Puerto Rico.