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From 16 June To 20 June 2004

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Brazil vs. Brazil & Germany vs. Switzerland for Men's "Final Four" Spots
GSTAAD, SWITZERLAND, June 19, 2004 - Brazil is guaranteed a semi-final spot in the $US360,000 1to1 Energy Open while Germany and Switzerland will compete for the second following men's Beach Volleyball play here Saturday.

Top-seeded Emanuel Rego and Ricardo Santos will play fourth-seeded Benjamin Insfran and Marcio Araujo in an All-Brazilian affair for the first advancement to Sunday's semi-finals. European Champions Markus Dieckmann and Jonas Reckermann of Germany will compete against Switzerland's Patrick Heuscher and Stefan Kobel for the second semi-final berth.

The losers of both matches in the fourth-round of the winner's bracket will still have a chance to reach Sunday's semi-finals by competing in Saturday's final elimination matches. With each team guaranteed $11,000 for reach the "final four", Sunday's gold medal winners will split the $27,000 first-place prize.

Emanuel and Ricardo, who missed last week's event in Puerto Rico to train in Portugal, scored a 21-19 and 22-20 win over eighth-seeded Sascha Heyer and Markus Egger of Switzerland in one of four opening winner's bracket matches Saturday morning.

"We need some time off to adjust a few things with our game," said Emanuel after the match. "We had to play well today because the Swiss are one of the better teams on the tour along with them being cheered on by this great crowd."

The 2003 FIVB World Champions, Emanuel and Ricardo have not missed a final this season in five starts. After winning the season opener in Brazil over Heuscher and Kobel, the Brazilians were defeated for the gold medal in South Africa and China. Emanuel and Ricardo rebounded to win the SWATCH-FIVB World Tour events in Serbia and Portugal.

Benjamin and Marcio Araujo, the defending 1to1 Energy Open champions when they defeated Dieckmann and Reckermann in the 2003 finals, defeated Franco Neto and Tande Ramos 21-17 and 21-13 in their first match Saturday.

The third-seeded Dieckmann and Reckermann scored a 21-15 and 21-17 win over 27th-seeded Niklas Rademacher and David Klemperer in an All-German match to open play Saturday while Heuscher and Kobel scored a 21-9 and 21-15 win over the Laciga brothers (Martin and Paul). Since 2002, Heuscher and Kobel had dropped four-straight matches to the Lacigas, including a 14-21, 35-33 and 15-11 decision last month in Serbia.

The men's Main Draw concludes Sunday when the final two teams compete for the $27,000 first-place prize. The 1to1 Energy Open is the first of five-straight mixed gender events on the SWATCH-FIVB World Tour. Brazil's Adriana Behar and Shelda Bede will challenge Misty May and Kerri Walsh of the United for the women's gold medal Saturday afternoon.