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

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Salvador Beach Volleyball Event Opens Men's Season
SALVADOR, BRAZIL, March 15, 2004 - Two days after the completion of the first event on the 2004 Swatch-FIVB World Tour where the United States tandem of Misty May and Kerri Walsh won the women's US$180,000 Brazilian Open in Fortaleza, the first men's tournament begins here Tuesday with the first of two days of qualifying.

The top-seeded May and Walsh used a "strong" service game here Sunday to defeat Shelda Bede and Adriana Behar of Brazil 21-10 and 21-18 Sunday to win the first Gold Medal in the 2004 SWATCH-FIVB World Tour season opener before an overflowing crowd of more than 4,000.

The 45-team men's Qualification Tournament will feature tandems from 25 countries and will be played in front of the Catussaba Resort Hotel. Tuesday's qualifying action will be highlighted by the country quota playoffs for both host Brazil and the United States.

Team's vying for three Brazilian spots in the elimination rounds of the Qualification Tournament are Luizão Correa/Roberto Lopes, Fred Souza/Pedro Brazão, Fabio de Jesus Magalhães/Paulo Emilio Silva, Pedro Cunha/Pará Ferreira, Lula Barbosa/Adriano Garrido, Murilo Teixeira/Thomas Klepper and Marco Freitas/Alex Acco.

Eric Fonoimoana, the Sydney 2000 Olympic Gold Medallists with Dain Blanton, will be teamed with Kevin Wong in the qualifier and will be competing against two other teams from the United States for a spot in the elimination bracket, including Casey Jennings/Matt Fuerbringer and Sean Rosenthal/Larry Witt.

The two-day Qualification Tournament will place the final eight teams in the Main Draw where 24 tandems from 13 countries have already been certified, including 15 of the 16 top-ranked teams from the 2003 SWATCH-FIVB World Tour.

Host Brazil had the top two teams on the 2003 SWATCH-FIVB World Tour led by Emanuel Rego/Ricardo Santos and Marciao Araujo/Benjamin Insfran. Emanuel and Ricardo earned $237,000 for 10 events in 2003 with five tournament titles, including the World Championship Gold Medal last October in Rio de Janeiro. Marcio Araujo and Benjamin shared $173,500 for 10 events with three titles.

Blanton and Jeff Nygaard lead the three teams from the United States in the Main Draw along with Dax Holdren/Stein Metzger and Todd Rogers/Sean Scott. Blanton and Nygaard won the 2003 SWATCH-FIVB World Tour season opener in Greece last June. Holdren and Metzger won the Silver Medal at the 2003 World Championships where they dropped the finals 21-18 and 21-15 to Emanuel and Ricardo, but defeated Marcio Araujo and Benjamin in the semi-finals 21-19 and 21-14.

Switzerland had the third and fourth ranked teams on the 2003 SWATCH-FIVB World Tour as both teams placed fifth in the Rio World Championships. The Laciga brothers (Martin and Paul) had one Silver Medal finish last season with $103,500 in earnings. Patrick Heuscher and Stefan Kobel won $90,000 in 2003 with two Bronze Medal placements.

Following the Salvador event, the men's SWATCH-FIVB World Tour continues with a stop next week in Cape Town, South Africa (March 24-28). Other Olympic qualifying events prior July 11 will be in China, Serbia and Montenegro, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Switzerland, Germany, Norway and Canada.
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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