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

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South Americans & Europeans Seek First "Final Four" Spots
SANTA PONSA, MALLORCA, July 10, 2004 - It will be teams from South America and Europe advancing to the "final four" first here Saturday in the men's Mallorca Open after the opening winner's bracket matches produced an upset win by 26th-seeded Iver Horrem and Bjorn Maaiseide of Norway.

Saturday's opening matches also saw Ricardo Santos, who teams with Emanuel Rego, forfeit his first match as the Sydney 2000 Olympic Beach Volleyball silver medallists was hampered by a sprained right ankle suffered in his second match Friday.

However, the 21-16 and 21-19 Norwegian win over second-seeded Markus Dieckmann and Jonas Reckermann surprised the fans watching the opening action Saturday in the US$360,000 mixed gender event. The win was even more remarkable since Horrem and Maaseide placed 25th in last week's stop in Norway while the Germans played in their first event since capturing the gold medal two weeks ago in Berlin.

"We executed our game plan perfectly," said Horrem. "We needed to keep the pressure on the Germans throughout the match and take advantage of their mistakes. This is a very good win and helps ease the pain of playing poorly in our home country last week."

With a fifth-place finish guaranteed, Horrem and Maaseide have matched their best previous finish on the SWATCH-FIVB World Tour together. Competing in their 38th international event together, the Norwegians have never advanced to a "final four" with their last of their three fifths happening in the 2002 season finale in Brazil.

With the win, Horrem and Maaseide play the third-seeded Lacigas (Martin and Paul) of Switzerland in the second of four semi-final qualifying matches Saturday. The Swiss brothers scored a 21-17, 16-21 and 15-13 win over sixth-seeded Julien Prosser and Mark Williams of Australia to open play Saturday.

Fabio Magalhaes and Paulo Emilio took advantage of Emanuel and Ricardo's forfeit to advance in the winner's bracket where the 24th-seeded Brazilians challenge fourth-seeded Mariano Baracetti and Martin Conde of Argentia, who scored a 21-18 and 21-11 win over 21st-seeded Robert Nowotny and Peter Gartmayer of Austria.

The fourth of five-straight mixed gender events, the men's Mallorca Open Main Draw concludes Sunday when the winning team shares the $27,000 first-place prize. The women's competition ends Saturday with morning semi-finals and afternoon medal matches.

Four different countries will compete for the $27,000 first-place prize in the women's Mallorca Open. Fourth-seeded Kerri Pottharst and Summer Lochowicz of Australia challenge second-seeded Suzanne Lahme and Danja Musch of Germany in Saturday's first semi-final followed by top-seeded Juliana Felisberta Silva and Larissa Franca of Brazil facing 11th-seeded Eva Celbova and Sona Novakova of Czech Republic. The winners will play Saturday's last match for the Mallorca gold medal.