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From 1 July To 4 July 2004

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Brazilians & Germany Compete for Men's ConocoPhillips Open Gold
STAVANGER, NORWAY, July 3, 2004 - It will be Brazil against Germany for the US$360,000 ConocoPhillips Open gold medal as two Beach Volleyball teams from each country advanced to the "final four" here Saturday.

For the Brazilians, the advancement was expected as top-seeded Emanuel Rego and Ricardo Santos won four-straight matches on the Vaagen Harbour sand courts the past two days while third-seeded Franco Neto and Tande Ramos overcame an earlier defeat Saturday to earn their "final four" berth.

The advancement for the two German teams was "surprising" as 26th-seeded Niklas Rademacher and David Klemperer scored a 21-18, 16-21 and 15-10 win over Franco and Tande to net their first-ever SWATCH-FIVB World Tour semi-final berth.

The "surprises" continued for Germany in Saturday's last match as 12th-seeded Christoph Dieckmann and Andreas Scheuerpflug scored a 25-23 and 21-18 win over fourth-seeded Sascha Heyer and Markus Egger of Switzerland. It was Dieckmann and Scheuerpflug's fifth-straight ConocoPhillips Open elimination win as the pair earned their second "final four" berth in 20 career starts together.

Dieckmann's advancement also gave his family three-straight "final four" appearance on the SWATCH-FIVB World Tour. His older twin brother by four minutes (Markus) played in international finals in Switzerland and Germany the past two weeks. Markus Dieckmann and Jonas Reckerman captured their first-ever gold medal in Berlin after placing second in the Swiss Alps community of Gstaad.

Emanuel and Ricardo, the top-ranked team for the 2004 Athens Olympic Games, advanced to Sunday's matches with a 21-16 and 21-18 win in 40 minutes over Heyer and Egger. After losing to Rademacher and Klemperer Saturday morning, Franco and Tande scored a 24-22 and 21-14 win in 49 minutes over fifth-seeded Todd Rogers and Sean Scott of the United States to gain their spot in Sunday's semi-finals.

The Brazilians will play each other in Sunday's first semi-final followed by the German match. Brazil has won the previous five gold medal matches between the two countries, including May's Serbia and Montenegro finale when Emanuel and Ricardo defeated Markus Dieckmann and Reckermann.

The third of five-straight mixed gender events on the SWATCH-FIVB World Tour, the women's competition concluded Saturday with top-seeded Holly McPeak and Elaine Youngs defeating Annett Davis and Jenny Johnson Jordan 21-17, 16-21 and 15-10 in the All-American final.

McPeak and Youngs shared the $27,000 first-place prize as the United States captured all three podium spots with Kerri Walsh and Rachel Wacholder winning the women's bronze medal match over 12th-seeded Guylaine Dumont and Annie Martin of Canada 18-21, 21-18 and 15-11.