Men's China Open 2004
Lianyungang, May 19-23

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New Zealanders Make Main Draw With Another Upset Win
LIANYUNGANG, China, May 20, 2004 -- Its another party day for Kirk Pitman
and Jason Lochhead from New Zealand.

Pitman and Lochhead, the 21st seeds in the 30-team Qualification Tournament
who eliminated 12th-seeded Mario Silva and Miguel Xisto from Angola on
Wednesday, upset fifth-seeded Canadians Conrad Leinemann and Richard Van
Huizen 21-17 and 21-17 in 41 minutes Thursday morning to make the Main Draw
of the 2004 Swatch-FIVB World Tour Men's China Open.

The 9th seeds Pedro Cunha and Rogerio Para from Brazil also made
seed-breakthrough as they downed eighth-seeded Frenchmen Kevin Ces and
Yannick Salvetti 21-9 and 21-18.

Americans Todd Rogers and Sean Scott, the top seeds in the Qualification
Tournament who had a bye on Wednesday, eased past South Africa's 16th seeds
Gershon Rorich and Colin Pocock, 21-12, 21-18 for a berth in the Main Draw
for the third men's event on the 2004 SWATCH-FIVB World Tour before
fourth-seeded Kristian Kais and Rivo Vesik from Estonia brushed aide Agus
Salim and Koko Darkuncoro of Indonesia 21-13 and 21-11 for money rounds.

Four matches will be played Thursday afternoon to decide the final four
teams in the Main Draw of the $180,000 China Open where 24 tandems from 13
countries are confirmed.

The Main Draw starts Friday morning with the finals scheduled for Sunday.