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Brazil's Bede & Behar Best American Rivals
GSTAAD, SWITZERLAND, June 19, 2004 - Second-seeded Adriana Behar and Shelda Bede of Brazil rallied from a first-set setback to win the next two sets in bettering fourth-seeded Holly McPeak and Elaine Youngs of the United States here Saturday in the first women's Beach Volleyball semi-final at the 1to1 Energy Open.

With the 19-21, 21-17 and 17-15 victory in 64 minutes, Brazilians advance to their second-straight SWATCH-FIVB World Tour gold medal match and third this season. Top-seeded Misty May and Kerri Walsh of the United States played third-seeded Ana Paula Connelly and Sandra Pires of Brazil in second-semi-final match Saturday.

The semi-final winners will play for the fifth gold medal on the 2004 SWATCH-FIVB World Tour with the victorious team sharing the $27,000 first-place prize with the loser splitting $18,000. The bronze medal match will provide the winner with a $14,000 share of the third-place prize.

"This was a good win for us," said Behar after the match. "We lost our focus in the first-set after gaining three- and four-point leads. We felt bad since we were controlling the play. We regained our focus in the second set. The third set was close and we were able to take advantage of the American mistakes."

The Saturday's semi-final match was the 11th meeting between the two teams on the SWATCH-FIVB World Tour since 2002. Adriana and Shelda avenged a 21-18 and 21-18 setback to McPeak and Youngs in the Greece semi-final last month. The Brazilians now lead the series with McPeak and Youngs 6-5 by winning six of the last seven meetings.

After leading 15-12 in the first set, the Brazilians gave up four-straight points to let McPeak and Youngs back into the set as the Americans won 21-19. Adriana and Shelda led throughout in posting a 21-17 second set win. With neither team leading by more than a point in the third set, the Brazilians rallied from a 14-13 deficit to score four of the last five points of the match.

For Adriana and Shelda, the gold medal berth is their 52nd in 84 SWATCH-FIVB World Tour events together. The Brazilians captured their 30th international crowd two weeks ago in Japan after May/Walsh partnership won the first two events in Brazil and Greece, and McPeak and Youngs won the gold medal in China.