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Norwegians Oust Brazilians & Spaniards for Main Draw Berths
BERLIN, GERMANY, June 22, 2004 - While Norway is still a week away from hosting the ConocoPhillips Open in Stavanger, the Scandinavian country's Beach Volleyball fans were celebrating four qualifying wins by their two women's teams here Tuesday during the opening day of play in the US$600,000 Smart Grand Slam at the Schlossplatz.

Ninth-seeded Susanne Glesnes and Kathrine Maaseide earned Norway's first spot in the 32-team Main Draw by eliminating Juliana Felisberta Silva and Larissa Franca of Brazil 21-19 and 21-13. The win marked the third-time this season that Glesnes and Maaseide had won their final qualifying match in a SWATCH-FIVB World Tour event to advance to the "money" rounds.

Norway's second spot in Wednesday's opening Main Draw rounds was captured by seventh-seeded Nila Ann Hakedal and Ingrid Torlen, who scored a 21-11 and 21-12 win over 12th-seeded Ester Alcon Catalina Pol of Spain. The Norwegian pair has now advanced from the qualifier to the Main Draw four times this season.

"After we saw the revamped qualifying match schedule after the morning country quota rounds, we knew we had a tough task to make it to the Main Draw," said Maaseide. "This win really helps us as we are on the bubble for a spot in the Olympics. With more points available for this event than any other tournament this season, we had to advance from the qualifier to help improve our Olympic-qualifying point total."

In addition to the increased prize money for the event, the Main Draw teams will also receive a "big" boost in placement points. For winning an "open" event, teams receive 360 points with the total decreasing by 36 points per tandem per place. For the Smart Grand Slam, the winning team will receive 600 points with the total decreasing by 60 points per place.

The Italian teams of Daniela Gattelli/Lucilla Perrotta and Laura Bruschini/Annamaria Solazzi also advanced from Tuesday's qualifier. Other teams earning Main Draw berths Tuesday were Angela Clarke/Kylie Gerlic of Australia, Milagros Crespo/Imara Esteves Ribalta of Cuba, Katerina Nikolaidou/Maria Tsiartsiani of Greece and Ulrike Schmidt/Antje Roder of Germany.
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