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Fortaleza, March 09 - 14

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Larissa & Juliana Snare Brazilian Open Bronze Beach Volleyball Medal
FORTALEZA, BRAZIL, March 14, 2004 - Larissa Franca and Juliana Felisberta Silva of Brazil completed their "remarkable" week on the Praia de Iracema by defeating fourth-seeded Jia Tian and Fei Wang of China 24-22 and 21-9 to capture the Bronze Medal in the 2004 SWATCH-FIVB World Tour season opener.

With the win, the 28th-seeded Brazilians shared the US$14,000 third-place prize. Larissa and Juliana finished the women's beach volleyball Brazilian Open with a 9-2 match mark after winning five of seven Main Draw matches with their only two setbacks being to the teams playing for Sunday's Gold Medal.

Brazil's Shelda Bede and Adriana Behar, looking for their first SWATCH-FIVB World Tour since 2002, challenge top-seeded Misty May and Kerri Walsh of the United States for the $27,000 first-place prize. Sunday's meeting will be the 18th-meeting between the two teams with May and Walsh leading 10-7.

An overflowing crowd of more than 4,000 watched the Bronze Medal action on the Praia de Iracema centre court where lines for stadium entrance were formed at 5 a.m. to watch Sunday's medal matches in the US$180,000 Brazilian Open.

In the second-set of the Bronze Medal match, the Brazilians led from the start and jumped to leads of 6-1, 10-4, 13-5 and 19-8 before scoring the final three points to complete their domination of the highly-regarded Jian Tian and Fei Wang. The point spread between the two teams in the 25-minute first set was never more than two points with the opening game tied at 18s, 19s, 20s, 21s and 22s. Juliana scored the final two points, including a block of Fei Wang to end the set.

"Give the Brazilians a lot of credit," said Jia Tian said after the her team's eighth match of the Brazilian Open. "They matched us point-for-point in the first set and they never stopped putting pressure on us. We just ran out of gas in the second set and could not find our rhythm."

Larissa and Juliana, who had to survive a seven-team Brazilian country quota playoff Tuesday before winning two Qualification Tournament elimination matches to earn a spot in the Main Draw," were "awed" with their finish. "You always expect the best, but we never dreamed that we could earn a place on the podium with two of the top teams in the world, said Juliana.

The last time a seed as low as 28th made the semi-finals in a SWATCH-FIVB World Tour event was when Alexandra Fonseca and Monica Rodrigues of Brazil placed fourth in the June 2002 in Madrid, Spain. "I think we earned a lot of respect this week," said Larissa, who won the Bronze Medal at the 2003 Pan American Games with Ana Richa. "We never wilted in the first set and played perfect in the second set against a quality team."
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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