Men's competition, Stavanger
From 1 July To 4 July 2004

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Youngsters Out-last German Veterans
STAVANGER, NORWAY, July 4, 2004 - In a match featuring the "young" and the "experienced" of German Beach Volleyball, Niklas Rademacher and David Klemperer advanced to their first ever SWATCH-FIVB World Tour final here Sunday by posting their fifth-straight upset win in the US$360,000 ConocoPhillips Open.

Seeded 26th in the 32-team Main Draw after finishing a disappointing 25th last week in the Berlin Grand Slam, Rademacher and Klemperer overcame their first-set mistakes to score a 12-21, 21-17 and 15-9 win over 12th-seeded Christoph Dieckmann and Andreas Scheuerpflug in a 49-minute semi-final match that guaranteed Germany a spot in an international final for the third-straight week.

"After losing both of our matches last week in Germany before our family and friends, we had something to prove," said the 22-year old Rademacher. "We have been playing well the last month, but we just couldn't get things going in Berlin. This week is a different story as we have beaten five good teams to reach our first-ever final.

After defeating the seventh- second- and third-seeded teams the past two days, win No. 6 in the sixth annual ConocoPhillips Open could be a lot tougher as Rademacher and Klemperer challenge Brazil's Emanuel Rego and Ricardo Santos, the world's No. 1-ranked team."

When asked if the Brazilians will win the gold medal match easily, the 24-year old Klemperer said "no. We expect to win all our matches. We have beaten Emanuel and Ricardo before in Berlin last year. Right now, we are playing our best volleyball since joining this tour in 2001. Obviously, the Brazilians are more experienced than us when it comes to playing in finals, but we'll be ready."

Emanuel is guaranteed his sixth Norweigan podium placement as he and Ricardo advanced to the finals with a 22-20 and 21-18 win in 49-minutes over third-seeded Franco Neto and Tande Ramos in the All-Brazilian semi-final to start play Sunday.

For Germany, the gold medal appearance marks the third-straight week that the European country has placed a team in a SWATCH-FIVB World Tour final. Markus Dieckmann, Christoph's older twin brother by four minutes, and Jonas Reckermann started the string with a silver medal finish two weeks ago in Switzerland before returning to Berlin to win the title before the home folks.

Emanuel and Ricardo, who defeated Argentina's Mariano Baracetti and Martin Conde in the 2003 ConocoPhillips Open final, have won eight of their 10 previous international gold medal matches. Brazil has won the previous five gold medal matches from Germany, 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.