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From 15 June To 19 June 2004

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Country Quota Upset Highlights Early Women's 1to1 Energy Open Play
GSTAAD, SWITZERLAND, June 15, 2004 - The top-seeded team in the women's Qualification for the to1 Energy Open was upset here Tuesday morning to highlight the country quota action as two teams from Germany, and one tandem each from Switzerland and the United States advanced to the afternoon elimination bracket play.

Rieke Brink-Abeler and Hella Jurich, who are seeded 32nd in the 48-team qualifier, scored a pair of wins Tuesday morning, including a 21-12 and 22-20 victory over top-seeded Andrea Ahmann and Jana Vollmer in one of four country quota matches for Germany. BrinkAbeler and Jurich also eliminated 38th-seeded Katrin Holtwick and Maria Kleefisch 21-18, 13-21 and 18-16 in their first country quota match.

Also advancing for Germany from the country quota rounds to the elimination bracket was 17th-seeded Helke Claasen and Martina Stoof, who ousted 20th-seeded Judith Deister and Mireya Kaup 21-15 and 21-18. Claasen and Stoof also defeated 46th-seeded Frederike Fischer and Sandra Piasecki 21-19 and 21-14.

Fifth-seeded Carrie Busch and Nancy Mason won the United States country quota match by eliminating 16th-seeded Angie Akers and Rachel Wacholder 22-17 and 22-20 in the American playoffs. Host Switzerland had one country quota playoff match when 45th-seeded Muriel Graessli and Romana Kayser ousted 47th-seeded Sarah and Tanya Schmocker 21-17 and 21-17.

Switzerland has already placed three teams into the Main Draw, including Nicole Schnyder-Benoit and Simone Kuhn, who won the European Championships for women last week. Also competing in the Main Draw for Switzerland are the teams of Dinah Kilchenmann/Lea Schwer and Nadia Erni/Karin Trüssel.

Earning direct berths into the Qualification Tournament elimination bracket for Switzerland are the teams of 28th-seeded Isabelle Forrer/Annik Skrivan, 42nd-seeded Francine Courtat/Virginie Leuenberger and 44th-seeded Cinzia Crettenand/Martina Grossen.

The first of five-straight mixed gender events on the SWATCH-FIVB World Tour, the US$360,000 1to1 Energy Open will see eight women's teams advance from the Qualification Tournament Wednesday to the 32-team Main Draw.

The women's Main Draw starts Thursday and concludes Saturday when the final two teams compete for the $27,000 first-place prize. The 1to1 Energy Open is the fifth women's event on the SWATCH-FIVB World Tour after opening stops in Brazil, Greece, China and Japan.