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Eight Beach Volleyball Teams Seek Men's "Final Four" Berths
MARSEILLE, FRANCE, July 16, 2004 - Eight teams are left standing in this week's SWATCH-FIVB World Tour event after the near-completion of Friday's rounds where teams from Brazil, Germany and Switzerland have posted 3-0 records so far in the 11th annual men's World Series 13 Beach Volleyball event.

Four tandems from Argentina, Germany, Spain and the United States advanced to Saturday's final elimination rounds with one loss to their credit in the double-elimination US$560,000 World Series 13 event, the 11th men's stop on the SWATCH-FIVB World Tour.

The Brazilians will play each other in the first semi-final qualifying match Saturday as eighth-seeded Franco Neto and Tande Ramos challenge fourth-seeded Benjamin Insfran and Marcio Araujo. The second "final four" qualifier Saturday has third-seeded Patrick Heuscher and Stefan Kobel of Switzerland facing 18th-seeded Christoph Dieckmann and Andreas Scheuerpflug of Germany.

Saturday's initial elimination matches will have fourth-seeded Mariano Baracetti and Martin Conde of Argentina challenging top-seeded Markus Dieckmann and Jonas Reckerman of Germany. The second match will have 14th-seeded Todd Rogers and Sean Scott of the United State playing the Javier Bosma/Pablo Herrera of Spain.

After losing to Benjamin and Marcio Araujo, the Argentineans scored a 21-13 and 21-17 win over 25th-seeded Kristjan Kais and Rivo Vesik of Estonia. Dieckmann and Reckermann rebounded from their 26-24 and 21-13 setback to Franco and Tande to score a 21-19 and 21-16 win over 11th-seeded Andrew Schacht/Joshua Slack of Australia.

Rogers and Scott, who dropped their first match Thursday before winning four-straight elimination confrontations, advanced to Saturday with a 17-21, 21-10 and 15-13 win over 26th-seeded Bjorn Maaseide and Iver Horrem of Norway.

The 24th-seeded Bosma and Herrera scored wins over teams from Brazil and Switzerland to gain a spot in Friday's final match under the lights. The Spaniard's second win Friday were overall the second-seeded Laciga brothers (Martin and Paul), who won last week's SWATCH-FIVB World Tour stop in Mallorca. Bosma and Herrera advanced to Saturday with a 17-22, 22-20 and 15-10 win over sixth-seeded Sascha Heyer and Markus Egger of Switzerland.

With the women's "final four" set with a team Brazil competing against three tandems from the United States, the semi-finals for both genders will be played Saturday afternoon. The finals will be played Sunday afternoon where the men's and women's gold medallists each split the $41,500 first-place prizes.