Men's Brazil Open 2004
Salvador, March 16 - 21

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Australian & Cuban Teams Challenge Top-seeded Brazilians
SALVADOR, BRAZIL, March 18, 2004 - The top two-seeded teams in the SWATCH-FIVB World Tour season opener for men faced stiff competition here Thursday during the second round of the winner's bracket as one won and before the second was upset by the reigning Pan American champions.

After "cruising" to opening wins Thursday on the courts in front of the Catussaba Resort Hotel, top-seeded Emanuel Rego and Ricardo Santos of Brazil out-lasted Andrew Schacht and Joshua Slack of Australia while second-seeded Benjamin Insfran and Harley Marques could not match the effort by Francisco Alvarez and Juan Rosell of Cuba.

Emanuel and Ricardo scored a 30-32, 21-17 and 15-12 win in 74 minutes over the "spirited" 17th-seeded Schacht and Slack of Australia before Benjamin and Harley dropped a 23-21 and 21-16 decision to the 18th-seeded Alvarez and Rosell, who won the gold medal at the Pan American Games in the Dominican Republic.

Benjamin is playing with a new partner for the first two events of the SWATCH-FIVB World Tour season as long-time teammate Marcio Araujo is sidelined due to a recent appendix operation.

"We entered the court already expecting a tough match," said Ricardo, a silver medallists for Brazil at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. "We had faced the Australians twice and both the matches were really close. They both jump really high and play with speed. I had a hard time blocking their spikes."

Brazil also had two other teams advance a pair of wins to open play Thursday to join other multiple winner's bracket victories from Germany, the United States and Switzerland in the US$180,000 Brazilian Open beach volleyball event.

Seventh-seeded Fred Souza/Pedro Brazão and Tande Ramos/Franco Neto also posted a pair of winner's bracket victories for Brazil as both teams defeated teams from Switzerland in their second match Thursday.

The Germans with two wins earlier Thursday were ninth-seeded Christoph Dieckmann/Andreas Scheuerpflug and fourth-seeded Markus Dieckmann/Jonas Reckermann. Also winning their first two matches were 12th-seeded Todd Rogers and Sean Scott from the United States and sixth-seeded Stefan Kobel and Patrick Heuscher of Switzerland.

With the men playing an international event in Salvador for the first-time, the Brazilian Open Main Draw continues with 16 more matches Thursday and 18 matches Friday. The final four teams advance to Saturday's semi-final matches. The medal matches will be played Sunday where the Gold Medal team wins the $27,000 first-place prize.
Press releases
Date Press release
21-Mar-2004 Emanuel & Ricardo Stop Swiss Tandem for Brazilian Open Gold
21-Mar-2004 Emanuel y Ricardo detiene a dupla suiza en la lucha del oro en Abierto Brasileño
21-Mar-2004 La médaille d'Or de l'Open du Brésil aux brésiliens Emanuel et Ricardo qui battent le tandem suisse
21-Mar-2004 Dieckmann's Injury Hands Bronze Medal to Argentina
21-Mar-2004 Lesión de Dieckmann le da la medalla de bronce a Argentina
20-Mar-2004 Brazil's Emanuel & Ricardo Earn Gold Medal Berth Versus Swiss Duo
20-Mar-2004 Brasileños Emanuel y Ricardo van por el oro ante dupla suiza
20-Mar-2004 Les brésiliens Emanuel et Ricardo disputeront la médaille d'Or à la paire suisse
20-Mar-2004 Dieckmann's Injury Nets Swiss Beach Volleyball Gold Medal Berth
20-Mar-2004 Lesión de Dieckmann le da a los suizos opción a la medalla de oro
19-Mar-2004 Four Elimination Bracket Wins Friday Net Argentinean Advancement
19-Mar-2004 Argentinos clasifican tras cuatro triunfos en eliminatorias
19-Mar-2004 Quatre victoires consécutives propulsent les Argentins en demi-finale
19-Mar-2004 Top-seeded Brazilians Roar Back Against Germans Enroute to Semis
19-Mar-2004 Brasileños mejor sembrados superan a alemanes y ya están en semifinales
18-Mar-2004 Estonia Team Eliminates Top-Rated Swiss Tandem
18-Mar-2004 Equipo de Estonia elimina a la mejor dupla suiza
18-Mar-2004 Les Estoniens éliminent les vedettes Suisses
18-Mar-2004 Australian & Cuban Teams Challenge Top-seeded Brazilians
18-Mar-2004 Equipos australianos y cubanos desafían a los brasileños número uno
18-Mar-2004 Australiens et Cubains défient les têtes de série Brésilienes
18-Mar-2004 No. 3 & Trying Harder
18-Mar-2004 Not Just in Southern California or Brazil!
17-Mar-2004 Brazilian Open Qualifier Features Upsets
17-Mar-2004 Clasificatorio del Abierto de Brasil arroja derrotas
17-Mar-2004 Tournure étonnante des qualifications au Brésil
16-Mar-2004 Canadian Switch Nets Beach Volleyball Results
16-Mar-2004 Buenos resultados canadienses en el Voleibol de Playa
16-Mar-2004 Bons résultats canadiens en Beachvolley
16-Mar-2004 Brazil, Norway & USA Teams Advance From Salvador Country Quota Playoffs
16-Mar-2004 Brésil, Norvège et Etats-Unis se mettent en avant dans les barrages à Salvador
16-Mar-2004 Equipos de Brasil, Noruega y EE UU avanzan en Salvador en el Playoff de cuota por países
15-Mar-2004 Salvador Beach Volleyball Event Opens Men's Season
15-Mar-2004 Torneo de Voleibol de Playa en Salvador abre la temporada masculina
15-Mar-2004 Ouverture à Salvador du Beach Volleyball masculin

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