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Brazil's Adriana & Shelda Net Smart Grand Slam Gold
BERLIN, GERMANY, June 26, 2004 - "By playing better with each match" was the way Adriana Behar stated it when asked how she and Shelda Bede won the US$600,000 Smart Grand Slam gold medal here Saturday by defeating a team from Cuba in the 45-minute final.

In winning their 31st title on the SWATCH-FIVB World Tour, the second-seeded Adriana and Shelda finished the week with a 6-0 match mark, including a 21-16 and 21-17 win over 12th-seeded Dalixia Fernandez Grasset and Tamara Larrea Peraza of Cuba.

In addition to sharing the $43,000 first-place prize, Adriana and Shelda used the 600 team points to become the second-ranked on the Olympic qualifying list behind Misty May and Kerri Walsh of the United States. The Cubans split $29,500 for second-place and improved their Olympic point total to 1,876.

May and Walsh have 3,960 points for their best eight finishes on the SWATCH-FIVB World Tour since the start of the qualifying process in January 2003. Adriana and Shelda have now posted 3,656 Olympic-qualifying points as they passed Brazilians' Ana Paula Connelly and Sandra Pires (3,474) on the list.

"We struggled Wednesday by winning a pair of three-setters," Adriana added as she and Shelda won for the second-time this season in the past three events. "The Cubans played well. We they play well, they can beat anyone. The teams on this tour know that the Cubans are capable of winning any event. I just glad it was not this week."

Adriana credited Shelda for another "great game. She is a difference maker. Not only is she the best defensive player in the world, she is a very tough server." Adriana's comments were proved as Shelda finished the Smart Grand Slam as the SWATCH "fastest serve" winner (73.2 km/h).

After trailing 1-0 in the first set, the Brazilians to command of the set with leads of 9-6, 11-7 and 12-9 at the technical time out. The Cubans came out of the break to pull within one point at 12-11. After five straight sideout points for each team, Adriana and Shelda closed out the scoring with four-straight points to win the 23-minute set.

Fernandez Grasset and Larrea Peraza jumped to a 6-2 lead in the 22-minute second. The Brazilians got back into the set with three-straight points to make it 6-5. Adriana and Shelda gained the lead for good at 13-12 and continued to pressure the Cubans by taking 15-13, 17-14 leads before closing out the match with two-straight points.

In the bronze medal match, third-seeded Holly McPeak and Elaine Youngs of the United States scored a 21-13 and 21-16 win in 38 minutes over ninth-seeded Suzanne Lahme and Danja Müsch of Germany. McPeak and Youngs split the $23,000 third-place prize while the Germans shared of $18,500.

The second of five-straight mixed gender events on the SWATCH-FIVB World Tour, the Smart Grand Slam concludes Sunday with the men's semi-finals and medal match. The international circuit continues the next three weeks with additional mixed gender events in Norway, Mallorca and France.
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


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