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

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South Americans against Swiss in Men's Mallorca Semi-Finals
SANTA PONSA, MALLORCA, July 10, 2004 - Sascha Heyer and Markus Egger joined the Laciga brothers with semi-final qualifying wins here Saturday as the two men's teams from Switzerland will compete against a pair of South American tandems in the "final four" of the US$360,000 Mallorca Open.

The fifth-seeded Heyer and Egger advanced to Sunday's first semi-final match by eliminating 26th-seeded Iver Horrem and Bjorn Maaseide 17-21, 21-19 and 15-13 in 58 minutes. Heyer and Egger will now play against fourth-seeded Mariano Baracetti and Martin Conde of Argentina Sunday morning.

Playing in their 47th international event, Heyer and Egger have now advanced to nine SWATCH-FIVB World Tour semi-finals with two "open" silver medal finishes. The third-seeded Lacigas (Martin and Paul) now have 34 "final four" placements as they seek their first SWATCH gold medal since winning here in 2002.

The final spot in the semi-final was secured after an All-Brazilian elimination match where 24th-seeeded Fabio Magalhaes and Paulo Emilio Silva downed seventh-seeded Fred Souza and Harley Marques 21-14 and 21-17 in 39 minutes.

Magalhaes and Paulo Emilio's win denied Fred and Harley their sixth-straight elimination win of the Mallorca Open. Fred and Harley dropped their first match Friday 21-19 and 21-19 to Horrem and Maaseide before defeating teams from Spain, the United States (twice), Australia and Germany.

In advancing to their first-ever "final four" in five SWATCH-FIVB World Tour starts together, Magalhaes and Paulo Emilio will challenge the Lacigas in Sunday's second-semi-final.

Magalhaes has never placed higher than ninth in 11 previous international starts the last three seasons. Paulo Emilio has been playing on the FIVB circuit since 1991 with five titles and now 20 "final four" appearances in 83 events. His last semi-final match was in 1998 with his last title in 1997 at Alanya, Turkey.

The Argentineans posted a 21-17 and 21-19 win over Magalhaes and Paulo Emilio to gain their fourth semi-final berth in 2004 and 22nd overall. The Swiss brothers scored a 24-22, 13-21 and 15-12 win in 56 minutes over Horrem and Maaseide to gain their second "open final four" this season.

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 ended Saturday afternoon 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.