Women's competition, Gstaad
From 15 June To 19 June 2004

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Brazil versus United States for 1to1 Energy Gold
GSTAAD, SWITZERLAND, June 19, 2004 - Following the same script as Saturday's first semi-final match, top-seeded Misty May and Kerri Walsh of the United States rallied from a first-set setback to control the final two sets to defeat Ana Paula Connelly and Sandra Pires of Brazil.

In scoring a 17-21, 21-17 and 15-11 win over the third-seeded Ana Paula and Pires, the Americans will play Adriana Behar and Shelda Bede for the gold medal and a share of the $27,000 first-place prize in the fifth annual women 1to1 Energy Open.

The second-seeded Adriana and Shelda dropped their first set 21-19 to fourth-seeded Holly McPeak and Elaine Youngs of the United States here Saturday, before rallying with 21-17 and 17-15 scores in the 64-minute first semi-final in the SWATCH-FIVB World Tour event.

Ana Paula and Pires are scheduled to play McPeak and Youngs for the bronze medal where the winning team with share $14,000 for third-place as the women complete their fifth-stop on the 2004 SWATCH-FIVB World Tour with the next three Olympic-qualifying events scheduled for Germany, Norway and Mallorca.

"They are a excellent team and we were able to figure them out in the final two sets," said Walsh after eliminating Ana Paula and Pires from gold medal contention. "We have not seen them much this year since missed the last three international events. The key was that we were able to protect the leads in the final two sets."

In defeating Ana Paula and Pires for the fourth-straight time to improve their head-to-head record against the Brazilians to 5-3, May and Walsh have now won 45-straight SWATCH-FIVB World Tour matches. The Americans last defeat on the international circuit was to Ana Paula and Pires in the finals of the 2003 Norwegian Open in Stavanger.

Winners of their last six international tournaments, including the FIVB World Championships last October in Rio de Janeiro where they defeated Adriana and Shelda in the finals, May and Walsh will also be looking for their third-straight 1to1 Energy Open title. Adriana and Shelda won the first two Gstaad events in 2001 and 2002 where they defeated Americans teams both times.

Saturday's title match will be the 20th between the two teams with May and Walsh holding a 12-7 advantage with five-straight wins. The last two matches have been this season with the Americans defeating Adriana and Shelda 21-10 and 21-18 in March's Brazilian finale and 21-16 and 21-18 in the Greece semi-finals last month.

For Adriana and Shelda, the gold medal match will be 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.