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Germany & USA Teams Join Brazil & Cuba Tandems in Women's Semi-finals
BERLIN, GERMANY, June 25, 2004 - Four teams from four different countries make up the "final four" field for the US$600,000 Smart Grand Slam as tandems from Germany and the United States won the final elimination matches here Friday.

Ninth-seeded Suzanne Lahme and Danja Müsch of Germany challenge top-seeded Adriana Behar and Shelda Bede of Brazil in Saturday's first semi-final at 9:50 a.m. followed by 12th-seeded Dalixia Fernandez Grasset and Tamara Larrea Peraza of Cuba facing third-seeded Holly McPeak and Elaine Youngs of the United States. With the $43,000 first-place prize at stake, Sunday's medal matches will start at 1:30 p.m. with the third-place game followed by the 3 p.m. gold medal match.

The Smart Grand Slam action marks only the 10th-time in 111 women's "open" SWATCH-FIVB World Tour events that four different countries advanced to the semi-finals. Host Brazil had two teams in the 2004 season opener at Fortaleza while the United States advanced three teams to the Greece semi-final and two tandems to China's "final four."

After the Japan event had teams from Australia, Brazil, Greece and Switzerland in the "final four" earlier this month, last week's stop in the Swiss Alps had two Brazilian teams facing two tandems from the United States where the Americans captured the gold and bronze medals.

McPeak and Youngs rebounded from an opening 18-21, 21-17 and 15-11 setback to Adriana and Shelda to advance to the semi-finals with a 21-14 and 21-16 win over 17th-seeded Andrea Ahmann and Jana Vollmer of Germany. Lahme and Müsch, who dropped their first match to Friday to Fernandez Grasset and Larrea Peraza 21-12 and 21-14, eliminated 27th-seeded Daniela Gattelli and Lucilla Perrotta of Italy 17-21, 21-17 and 21-19 to earn a "final four" berth.

McPeak and Youngs will be competing in their 12th SWATCH-FIVB World Tour "final four" in 20 starts together on the international tour. The pair won the China stop earlier this season after placing second in Greece. Lahme and Müsch are also competing in their 20th international Beach Volleyball event with this being their second semi-final appearance after placing second in China last season.

With four-straight Beach Volleyball wins this week, Adriana and Shelda have now advanced to a "final four" for the 78th-time in 85 international starts together. The Brazilians have been in six-straight semi-finals this season with one gold (Japan), two silver (Brazil and Switzerland) and two bronze (Greece and China) to their credit.

Fernandez Grasset and Larrea Peraza will be competing in their first semi-final this season and third "final four" 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.
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