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Four Women's Teams Avoid Smart Grand Slam Elimination
BERLIN, GERMANY, June 24, 2004 - Teams from Australia, Canada, Greece and Norway won final elimination matches here Thursday with 12 women's team remaining in the Beach Volleyball competition entering the next day of the US$600,000 Smart Grand Slam.

With teams from Brazil, Cuba, Germany and the United States unbeaten after three rounds of action in the winner's bracket, the four tandems that won the final elimination matches Thursday will play teams from Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Switzerland in the fourth-round of the contender's bracket.

In Friday's matches of the undefeated, ninth-seeded Suzanne Lahme and Danja Müsch of Germany play 12th-seeded Dalixia Fernandez Grasset and Tamara Larrea Peraza of Cuba before third-seeded Holly McPeak and Elaine Youngs of the United States meets second-seeded Adriana Behar and Shelda Bede of Brazil.

Opening elimination matches Friday morning has Summer Lochowicz and Kerri Pottharst of Australia facing 20th-seeded Marrit Leenstra and Rebekka Kadijk of the Netherlands, 17th-seeded Andrea Ahmann and Jana Vollmer of Germany challenging Guylaine Durmont and Annie Martin of Canada, seventh-seeded Nicole Schnyder-Benoit and Simone Kuhn of Switzerland playing Susanne Glesnes and Kathrine Maaseide of Norway, and Efthalia Koutroumanidou and Vassiliki Arvanit of Greece meeting 27th-seeded Daniela Gattelli and Lucilla Perrotta of Italy.

The 10th-seeded Lochowicz and Pottharst eliminated 15th-seeded Carrie Busch and Nancy Mason of the United States in the first of four final elimination matches Thursday followed by the 14th-seeded Dumont and Martin's win over 21st-seeded Angela Clarke and Kylie Gerlic of Australia.

The final two matches had the 29th-seeded Glesnes and Maaseide downing fifth-seeded Annett Davis and Jenny Johnson Jordan and the 23rd-seeded Koutroumanidou and Arvaniti eliminating 31st-seeded Laura Bruschini and Annamarie Solazzi of Italy.

With Davis and Johnson Jordan's exit, only two of the top six-seeded teams remain in the competition. Due to injury, top-seeded Misty May and Kerri Walsh forfeited two matches after winning their first contest against a German team. May's abdominal strain forced her from the action.

Due to a calf injury, Sandra Pires had to withdraw from the competition with partner Ana Paula Connelly before playing a match. The fourth-seeded Brazilians were the defending Smart Grand Slam champion as they defeated Holly McPeak and Elaine Youngs for the 2003 title.

Natalie Cook and Nicole Sanderson dropped both of their matches in the competition to teams from Italy and the Czech Republic. The sixth-seeded Aussies played despite Cook's right shoulder problems. Cook won the Sydney 2000 Olympic gold medal with Pottharst.
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