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Germany's Rademacher & Klemperer Secure Best-ever FIVB Finish
STAVANGER, NORWAY, July 3, 2004 - What is with the German Beach Volleyball team of Niklas Rademacher and David Klemperer this week?

After dropping both of their matches in last week's Berlin stop on the SWATCH-FIVB World Tour, Rademacher and Klemperer scored their third-straight upset win here Saturday to secure their best-ever finish on the international tour for an "open" event.

In placing 25th in Berlin, the Germans dropped both their matches to teams from Australia. They avenged one of the Aussie setbacks Friday by scoring a 19-21, 21-18 and 15-12 win over seventh-seeded Julien Prosser and Mark Williams.

In defeating second-seeded Mariano Baracetti and Martin Conde of Argentina, who placed third last week in Berlin, Rademacher and Klemperer are guaranteed a fifth-place finish in the US$360,000 ConocoPhillips Open to better their seventh-place finish three weeks ago in Switzerland.

With their 22-20 and 21-18 victory in 41 minutes over Baracetti and Conde, the 26th-seeded Germans challenge third-seeded Franco Neto and Tande Ramos of Brazil with the winners advancing to Sunday's semi-finals. The Brazilians won their first match Saturday by defeating 22nd-seeded Dax Holdren and Stein Metzger of the United States 21-19 and 21-19 in 47 minutes.

The first semi-final qualifying Saturday will have top-seeded Emanuel Rego and Ricardo Santos of Brazil playing fourth-seeded Sascha Heyer and Markus Egger of Switzerland. Emanuel and Rego opened play Saturday with a 21-9 and 21-18 win in 34 minutes over eighth-seeded Eric Fonoimoana and Kevin Wong of the United States. The Swiss advanced with a 21-19 and 28-26 win over fifth-seeded Todd Rogers and Sean Scott of the United States.

The third of five-straight mixed gender events on the 2004 SWATCH-FIVB World Tour, the women's competition concludes today with an All-United States final with third-seeded Annett Davis and Jenny Johnson Jordan challenging top-seeded Holly McPeak and Elaine Youngs for the $27,000 first-place prize.

Emanuel and Ricardo are the defending men's ConocoPhillips Open champions after defending Baracetti and Conde in the finals. The men's competition concludes Sunday when the final two teams also compete for the $27,000 first-place prize.