Women's Brazil Open 2004
Fortaleza, March 09 - 14

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Eight Countries Earn Beach Volleyball Main Draw Berths
FORTALEZA, BRAZIL, March 10, 2004 - Teams from Australia, Brazil, Canada, Cuba, France, Italy, Norway and the United States won their final Qualification Tournament matches here Wednesday on the Praia de Iracema to advance to the Main Draw for the 2004 SWATCH-FIVB World Tour season opener.

In addition to the top-seeded qualifying team of Carrie Busch/Nancy Mason from the United States, other teams advancing to the Main Draw were Summer Lochowiz/Kerri Pottharst of Australia, Larissa Franca/Juliana Felisberta Silva of Brazil, Gabriele Jobst/Patricia Stragliotto of Canada, Milagros Crespo/Imara Esteves Ribalta of Cuba, Ethel-Julie Arjona/Virginie Kadjo of France, Laura Bruschini/Annamaria Solazzi of Italy and Susanne Glesnes/Kathrine Maaseide of Norway.

Highlighting the morning competition that started with a light rain followed by hot and humid conditions on the Praia de Iracema was the advancement by Pottharst, the Gold Medalist at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games with Natalie Cook. The seventh-seeded Pottharst and Lochowicz defeated 25th-seeded Isabelle Forrer and Annik Skrivan of Switzerland 21-16 and 21-12 to advance to Thursday's opening Main Draw rounds.

Although seeded fourth in the 34-team Qualification Tournament, a 21-19 and 21-18 win by Crespo and Esteves Ribalta over 22nd-seeded Ana Richa and Vanilda Santos Leão of Brazil proved to be the morning's most exciting match as the Cubans were challenged throughout the match.

"This was an important win for us," said Esteves Ribalta after the match. "Any time you beat a quality team from a host country, especially from Brazil, you have accomplished something. Although we had the edge in playing together longer as a team, the Brazilians made us earn every point. This was the Brazilians first tournament together while we are playing in our 11th."

By advancing to the 32-team Main Draw, Crespo and Esteves Ribalta improved their chances for a spot in the 2004 Athens Games. "Our success today really helps our Olympic goals, but now we must take advantage of the Main Draw berth with a good placement and a couple of match wins."

The 32-team double-elimination Main Draw starts Thursday with the final four teams advancing to Saturday's semi-final matches. The medal matches will be played Sunday where the Gold Medal team wins the $27,000 first-place prize.

The top-ranked Italian team of Daniela Gattelli and Lucilla Perrotta withdrew from the Main Draw Wednesday. Due to Perrotta's knee problem, a losing team from Wednesday's Qualification Tournament will replace the Italians, who placed ninth at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.
Press releases
Date Press release
14-Mar-2004 USA's May & Walsh Net Brazilian Open Gold Beach Volleyball Medal
14-Mar-2004 May y Walsh de EE UU se llevan oro en Abierto de Brasil
14-Mar-2004 Larissa & Juliana Snare Brazilian Open Bronze Beach Volleyball Medal
14-Mar-2004 Larissa y Juliana ganan medalla de bronce en el Abierto Brasileño de Voleibol de Playa
13-Mar-2004 Brazil's Shelda & Adriana Face USA's May & Walsh For Brazilian Gold
13-Mar-2004 Brasileñas Shelda y Adriana enfrentarán a May y Walsh de EE UU por el oro del Abierto de Brasil
13-Mar-2004 USA's May & Walsh Advance To Gold Medal Match
12-Mar-2004 USA & China Tandems Seek SWATCH Medals Against Brazilian Teams
12-Mar-2004 Duplas de EE UU y China por medallas SWATCH ante equipos brasileños
12-Mar-2004 Brazil & USA Advance First Two Teams To Semi-finals
12-Mar-2004 Brazilians Upset China Tandem in Friday's Beach Volleyball Opener
11-Mar-2004 USA's Davis & Johnson Jordan Survive Thursday's Elimination Matches
11-Mar-2004 Davis y Johnson Jordan de EE UU sobreviven a eliminatoria del jueves
11-Mar-2004 Brazil & USA Teams Lead Thursday's Winners
11-Mar-2004 Brazil's Larissa & Felisberta Silva Notch Upset Beach Volleyball Win
10-Mar-2004 Eight Countries Earn Beach Volleyball Main Draw Berths
10-Mar-2004 Ocho países logran entrar al Cuadro Principal de Voleibol de Playa
09-Mar-2004 For Team Australia, It Is Not Just Another Event
09-Mar-2004 Brazilian, USA Teams Advance From Country Quota Playoffs
09-Mar-2004 34-team Qualifier Opens SWATCH-FIVB World Tour Stop in Fortaleza
09-Mar-2004 Clasificatorio de 34 equipos abre el Circuito Mundial SWATCH-FIVB en Fortaleza
08-Mar-2004 Pottharst Back for Summer
08-Mar-2004 Circuito Mundial Swatch-FIVB Pottharst está de vuelta
04-Mar-2004 Fortaleza kick starts countdown to the Olympics
04-Mar-2004 Circuito Mundial Swatch-FIVB Fortaleza inicia cuenta regresiva para Juegos Olímpicos


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