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

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Estonia Team Eliminates Top-Rated Swiss Tandem
SALVADOR, BRAZIL, March 18, 2004 - After qualifying for the Main Draw, Kristjan Kais and Rivo Vesik of Estonia made a "name" for themselves here Thursday by winning two of three matches in the SWATCH-FIVB World Tour season opener for men.

After dropping a 21-10 and 29-27 decision to fourth-seeded Markus Dieckmann and Jonas Reckermann of Germany, they scored upset wins over teams from Germany and Switzerland to guarantee their best-ever finish on the SWATCH-FIVB World Tour.

Highlighting the Estonians play Thursday's was a 21-17 and 24-22 win in 37 minutes over the third-seeded Laciga brothers of Switzerland, who had fallen into the elimination bracket earlier in the day after losing 22-20 and 21-16 to Tande Ramos and Franco Neto of Brazil.

Joining Kais and Vesik as survivors of Thursday two elimination rounds are teams from Argentina, Australia, Austria, Brazil, Norway, Spain and the United States. In addition to the Lacigas, other highly-seeded teams eliminated Thursday were fifth-seeded Dain Blanton/Jeff Nygaard of the United States and 10th-seeded Sascha Heyer/Markus Egger of Switzerland.

One of the teams surviving Thursday's final elimination matches was eighth-seeded Nikolas Berger and Clemens Doppler of Austria, the 2003 European champions. After splitting a pair of matches with teams from Germany, Berger and Doppler overcame Brazilians Fabio Magalhães and Paulo Emilio Silva 21-18 and 23-21.

You can't take anything for granted on this tour," said Berger after the final match Thursday. "In the beginning of the match, neither team was playing well. We came back from behind in the first set and we knew Fabio was getting tired as they came from the country quota playoffs and qualifying."

Friday's play opens with four matches in the third-round of the winner's bracket where host Brazil has three teams competing along with two tandems from Germany, and one team each from Cuba, Switzerland and the United States. Eighteen matches will be played Friday with four teams advancing Saturday's semi-finals. 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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