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Luizão & Harley Net First European Win Together
STAVANGER, NORWAY, June 30, 2004 - After dropping country quota matches the past two weeks in Switzerland and Germany, Luizão Correa and Harley Marques finally advanced from the Brazilian preliminary round to the men's Qualification Tournament of the US$360,000 ConocoPhillips Open here Wednesday morning.

Also advancing from country quota matches were four tandems from Norway, and the teams of 38th-seeded David Ottosson and Johan Svensson of Sweden, and top-seeded Dax Holdren and Stein Metzger from the United States.

Seeded fourth in the 46-team qualifier, Luizão and Harley scored a 21-18 and 21-11 win in 41 minutes over Brazilian rivals and third-seeded Pedro Cunha Pará Ferreira to advance to the elimination rounds. Pará, who won the SWATCH-FIVB World Tour in Puerto Rico earlier this month with Cunha, had to retire in the second set due to an upset stomach.

Fabio Magalhães and Paulo Emilio Silva had been the Brazilian team advancing from the country quota matches the past two weeks. Magalhães and Paulo Emilio eliminated Luizão and Harley 21-18, 17-21 and 17-15 in Switzerland and 12-21, 21-17 and 16-14 in Germany. Cunha and Pará also lost to Magalhães and Paulo Emilio in Germany 23-21, 15-21 and 15-8.

"What a relief," said Harley while waiting to learn his team's first elimination opponent later Wednesday. "The Brazilian country quota matches are extremely very tough and pressure-packed. All our teams are very competitive. I think by playing last weekend in a local event in Switzerland helped us, especially since we are playing together for the first time."

Holdren and Metzger, who are currently ranked 11th on the Olympic qualifying list, defeated eighth-seeded Canyon Ceman and Matt Fuerbringer 21-15 and 21-15 in a United States country quota match. Holdren and Metzger (1,824 points) enter this week's event with a 200-point lead on Todd Rogers and Sean Scott (1624) for the second USA berth behind Dain Blanton and Jeff Nygaard (2,296).

In the Norway country quota action, the teams of 29th-seeded Jon Grydeland/Espen Goranson, 30th-seeded Jarle Huseby/Bard-Inge Pettersen, 34th-seeded Magne Kobbevik/Bjorn Ingeborgrud and 35th-seeded Ole Martin Kleivenes/Martin Engvik advanced to elimination bracket matches with morning wins.

Following the men's Qualification Tournament, the 32-team Main Draw ConocoPhillips Open starts Friday. The ninth stop on the men's 2004 SWATCH-FIVB World Tour, the Main Draw concludes Sunday when the final two teams compete for the $27,000 first-place prize.

Part of the Olympic Beach Volleyball process, the ConocoPhillips Open is the third of four-straight events in Europe before the July 11 deadline to determine the 24 men's teams for the 2004 Athens Games in August. The process concludes next week in Mallorca.