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From 22 June To 26 June 2004

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Cubans Delay German Beach Volleyball Celebration
BERLIN, GERMANY, June 25, 2004 - For only the third-time in their 35 SWATCH-FIVB World Tour events together, 12th-seeded Dalixia Fernandez Grasset and Tamara Larrea Peraza of Cuba advanced to a "final four" after delaying the start of a German beach party here Friday by defeating Suzanne Lahme and Danja Müsch.

"We have played against German and had a pretty good idea about gameplan," said Fernandez Grassert after she and Larrea Peraza scored a 21-12 and 21-14 9 in 35 minutes over the ninth-seeded Lahme and Müsch in Friday's first semi-final qualifying match.

"This is a confidence-builder for us, and hopefully, we can use this as a springboard to the Olympics," added Fernandez Grasset, who placed ninth at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games with Larrea Peraza after being eliminated by Annett Davis and Jenny Johnson Jordan of the United States

Enroute to this week's semi-finals, the Cubans defeated Davis and Johnson Jordan 21-12, 22-24 and 15-9. Fernandez Grasset and Larrea Peraza also defeated teams from Australia and the Netherlands with all three of those matches being in three-sets.

Fernandez Grasset and Larrea Peraza have now advanced to their first semi-final four this season and third "final four" finishes together on the SWATCH-FIVB World Tour since the start of the Olympic qualifying process in January 2003.

The Cubans posted a second and fourth last season in Bali and Greece, respectively. Fernandez Grasset and Larrea Peraza had lost their previous three matches to the Germans, including an earlier defeat this season in China to Lahme and Müsch.

"We did not prepare any differently for this event than the other tournament," Fernandez Grasset noted. "However, this tournament is special due to the increased prize money and Olympic qualifying points. And, we had great support from our team mates, staff and the Cuban fans here."

The second semi-final qualifying match Friday saw second-seeded Adriana Behar and Shelda Bede of Brazil defeat third-seeded Holly McPeak and Elaine Youngs of the United States 18-21, 21-17 and 15-11 Both Lahme/Müsch and McPeak/Youngs still have a chance to advance to the "final four" with victories in the finals of the elimination bracket Friday afternoon.

In addition to the increased prize money for the event, the Main Draw teams will also receive a "big" boost in placement points. For the Smart Grand Slam, the winning team will receive 600 points with the total decreasing by 60 points per place. The "final four" teams will be playing for the $43,000 first-place prize Saturday afternoon.
Press releases
Date Press release
26-Jun-2004 Brazil's Adriana & Shelda Net Smart Grand Slam Gold
26-Jun-2004 Brasileñas Adriana y Shelda conquistan el oro del Smart Grand Slam
26-Jun-2004 Americans Snare Smart Grand Slam Bronze Medal
26-Jun-2004 Cubans Upset Americans for Smart Grand Slam Gold Medal Berth
26-Jun-2004 Las cubanas vencen a norteamericanas por vacante de medalla de oro en Smart Grand Slam
26-Jun-2004 Business As Usual For Brazilians
26-Jun-2004 "Negocio usual" para las brasileñas
25-Jun-2004 Germany & USA Teams Join Brazil & Cuba Tandems in Women's Semi-finals
25-Jun-2004 Brazilian Victory Nets 78th "Final Four" Berth
25-Jun-2004 Brasileñas alcanzan las semifinales por 78 vez
25-Jun-2004 Cubans Delay German Beach Volleyball Celebration
25-Jun-2004 Cubanas retrasan celebración alemana en Voleibol de Playa
25-Jun-2004 Alemania y EE UU se unen a Brasil y Cuba en la semifinal femenina
24-Jun-2004 Four Women's Teams Avoid Smart Grand Slam Elimination
24-Jun-2004 Germany's Lahme & Müsch One Win Away From Smart Grand Slam "Final Four"
24-Jun-2004 Alemanas Lahme y Müsch a un triunfo de semifinales en el Grand Slam Smart
23-Jun-2004 Host Germany Guaranteed Smart Grand Slam Fifth
23-Jun-2004 Anfitrionas de Alemania aseguran quinto lugar en el Gran Slam Smart Femenino
23-Jun-2004 Top German Women's Teams Post Schlossplatz Beach Volleyball Wins
22-Jun-2004 Norwegians Oust Brazilians & Spaniards for Main Draw Berths
22-Jun-2004 Germany's Schmidt Returns to International Beach Volleyball Competition
20-Jun-2004 USA's May & Walsh Lead World's Top Beach Volleyball Players into Berlin