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

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First-Ever SWATCH-FIVB World Tour All-Swiss Final
SANTA PONSA, MALLORCA, July 11, 2004 - Now that the Laciga brothers completed the second part of the equation, the SWATCH-FIVB World Tour will see its first-ever All-Switzerland men's final here Sunday afternoon as the "land-locked" European country scored a pair of semi-final wins over teams from South America.

Following a 16-21, 21-15 and 15-12 win by Sascha Heyer and Markus Egger in 53 minutes over fourth-seeded Mariano Baracetti and Martin Conde of Argentina, Martin and Paul Laciga completed the All-Swiss final by scoring a convincing 21-16 and 21-6 win over 24th-seeeded Fabio Magalhaes and Paulo Emilio Silva of Brazil.

"We are glad for a change that our country will have two teams competing for a FIVB gold medal," said Paul Laciga after the 33-minute win over the Brazilians to complete the semi-final matches in the US$360,000 Mallorca Open. "We look forward to playing Sascha and Markus."

Martin Laciga also felt his team was "playing well since taking last weekend off" when the SWATCH-FIVB World Tour staged its annual stop in Stavanger, Norway. "We needed a rest as we have been playing almost every weekend since mid-May. The travel and competition can take a lot out of you."

For the Lacigas, the brothers will be seeking their third-straight Beach Volleyball title in Mallorca. The Swiss tandem won the 1999 European Championship on this Mediterranean island before capturing their last SWTACH-FIVB World Tour title here in 2002 with a Mallorca Open gold medal.

Since the start of the 2002 season, the two Swiss teams have played five times with the Laciga brothers winning each time. The last two have been in 2004 with the brothers scoring a 21-15 and 21-14 victory over Heyer and Egger in an elimination bracket match two weeks ago in Berlin where the Lacigas placed second to Markus Dieckmann and Jonas Reckermann of Germany.

Sunday's final also marks the eighth-time this season on the SWATCH-FIVB World Tour that a team from a European country has played for a gold medal. Since the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games through the end of the 2003 season, European teams had played in only 12 of 33 international finals.

The gold medal match will also mark the third All-European final this season. Prior to this season, there had only been one All-European final since the start of the international tour in 1987 when Norway and France competed for a SWATCH gold medal in Marseille in 1994.

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.