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Brazilians, Italians & Americans Wednesday's Big Winners
STAVANGER, NORWAY, June 30, 2004 - Teams from Brazil, Italy and the United States each won two Beach Volleyball matches here Wednesday during the opening three rounds of the men's 46-team Qualification Tournament on the man-made sand courts on the Vaagen Harbour pier.

Top-seeded Dax Holdren and Stein Metzger of the United States and fourth-seeded Luizão Correa and Harley Marques of Brazil survived their country quota matches in the US$360,000 ConocoPhillips Open to advance to the second-round of the elimination bracket where they ousted teams from Norway and Greece, respectively.

While the higher-ranked American and Brazilian tandems "thought" they had it tough, it was 39th-seeded Giuseppe Patriarca and Daniele Desiderio of Italy that caught a couple of higher-seeded teams by "surprise" with two upset wins in the SWATCH-FIVB World Tour event.

After ousting 31st-seeded Janis Grinbergs and Klavs Zalkains of Latvia 16-21, 22-20 and 15-11 in 60 minutes, Patriarca and Desiderio scored another come-from-behind win by eliminating fifth-seeded Jody Holden and Conrad Leinemann of Canada 16-21, 21-19 and 16-14 in 56 minutes.

To earn a Main Draw berth, the Italians must defeat another Canadian team of 15th-seeded Ahren Cadieux and Richard Van Huizen. The Italians are playing in only their second SWATCH-FIVB World Tour event after placing 41st at last month's stop in China.

Patriarca and Desiderio's win also hampered Holden and Leinemann's efforts to return to the Olympic Beach Volleyball competition as they competed for Canada in the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games where they place ninth.

Two of the three French teams in the qualifier were upset in the second-round of the elimination bracket by teams from Sweden and Bulgaria. Tenth-seeded Ogier Molinier and Guilherm Deulofeu was ousted by 27th-seeded Hannes Brinkborg and Mattias Magnusson of Sweden 21-16 and 21-19 while 25th-seeded Milen Stoyanov and Boris Yankov of Bulgaria eliminated 12th-seeded Kevin Ces and Yannick Salvetti 21-18, 17-21 and 15-10.

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.