Men's competition, Mallorca
From 7 July To 11 July 2004

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All-Swiss Final Looms?
SANTA PONSA, MALLORCA, July 11, 2004 - This could be the day that "land-locked" Switzerland has been looking for from its top men's Beach Volleyball players as Sascha Heyer and Markus Egger completed the first part of the equation by advancing to the finals of the US360,000 Mallorca Open here Sunday.

With their 16-21, 21-15 and 15-12 win in 53 minutes over fourth-seeded Mariano Baracetti and Martin Conde of Argentina, Heyer and Egger will played the winner of the match between the Swiss Laciga brothers and 24th-seeeded Fabio Magalhaes and Paulo Emilio Silva of Brazil.

In addition to posting their fifth-straight win over the Argentineans, the fifth-seeded Heyer and Egger also won their seventh-straight match in the Mallorca Open after losing their opening contest Friday against 28th-seeded Julius Brink and Kjell Scheinder of Germany 21-18 and 25-23.

"It would be great to face the Lacigas," said Egger after the match, "but we'll let them take care of their match as we savour our win. After losing Friday, we are just focusing on our play and forget about everyone else. And, we like our match up with the Argentineans as we have been beating them lately."

From the start of the 2002 season, Baracetti and Conde had won five-straight matches from the Swiss. Heyer and Egger turned the table on their South American rivals by beating them twice last July in France and Portugal along with three times this year, including victories in Portugal and Switzerland last month.

The semi-final victory also advanced Heyer and Egger to their third SWATCH-FIVB World Tour final. The pair lost to Brazilians in 2003 in Los Angeles (Emanuel Rego/Ricardo Santos) and 2002 in Austria (Jose Loiola/Ricardo). The Swiss pair also placed second in the 2004 European Championships where they finished behind Markus Dieckmann and Jonas Reckerman of Germany.

The fourth of five-straight mixed gender events, the men's Mallorca Open Main Draw concludes Sunday afternoon when the winning team shares the $27,000 first-place prize. The women's competition ended Saturday where top-seeded Juliana Felisberta Silva and Larissa Franca of Brazil scored a 21-17 and 21-12 win over second-seeded Suzanne Lahme and Danja Musch of Germany for the gold medal.