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Another Week, Another Event & Another Stavanger for Emanuel
STAVANGER, NORWAY, July 4, 2004 - For Brazilian Emanuel Rego, it is another week, another SWATCH-FIVB World Tour stop, and of course, it's another Stavanger Beach Volleyball medal for the winningest international player ever.

With the US$360,000 ConocoPhillips Open being held for the six-straight year on the Vaagen Harbour sand courts, Emanuel is guaranteed his sixth Norweigan podium placement as he and Ricardo Santos will play for the gold medal here Sunday afternoon.

The top-ranked team on the SWATCH-FIVB World Tour, Emanuel and Ricardo advanced to their second-straight Vaagen Harbour centre court gold medal match by defeating third-seeded Franco Neto and Tande Ramos 22-20 and 21-18 in a 49-minute semi-final Sunday morning.

Emanuel and Ricardo will now play a team from Germany in the finals as European country has become a factor on the international tour by having a team earn a spot in their third-straight FIVB finale and the fourth this season.

"Surprising" 26th-seeded Niklas Rademacher and David Klemperer challenge 12th-seeded Christoph Dieckmann and Andreas Scheuerpflug for a spot in the gold match. Germany has placed second and first in the last two SWATCH-FIVB World Tour events in Switzerland and Berlin, respectively.

"Stavanger is like a second home for me," said Emanuel who has won four gold medals and a bronze in his five previous Vaagen Harbour appearances. "This is such a special place for all the players with a great crowd and a remarkable setting for a game usually played on a beach."

Emanuel and Ricardo, who defeated Argentina's Mariano Baracetti and Martin Conde in the 2003 ConocoPhillips Open final, are also seeking to rebound from a fourth-place finish in Berlin last week along with a bronze medal two weeks ago in Switzerland.

"The European teams are much-improved and getting stronger with each event," said Emanuel, who will be seeking his 45th FIVB gold medal Sunday, including his ninth with Ricardo in their 20th international start together. "Germany has really developed a lot of good teams. The German domestic tour is strong and it helps them prepare for international play.

Brazil has won the previous five gold medal matches from Germany, including May's Serbia and Montenegro finale when Emanuel and Ricardo defeated Jonas Reckermann and Markus Dieckmann, who is four minutes older than his twin brother Christoph.

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.

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