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

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Seeds Hold, American & Brazilian Teams Possible Semi-finalists
GSTAAD, SWITZERLAND, June 18, 2004 - The top four-seeded women's team in the 1to1 Energy Open have advanced as expected to the fourth-round of the winner's bracket as the tandems from the United States and Brazil won opening matches here Friday.

The United States teams will play the first qualifying match for Saturday's semi-finals when top-seeded Misty May and Kerri Walsh face fourth-seeded Holly McPeak and Elaine Youngs Friday afternoon.

It will be the 18th match between the two rivals since 2002 with May and Walsh leading 15-2, including 5-2 on the SWATCH-FIVB World Tour. The last time the two teams, May and Walsh scored a 21-17 and 21-13 win over their American rivals in May's gold medal match in Greece.

The second "final four" qualifying match has third-seeded Ana Paula Connelly and Sandra Pires challenging second-seeded Adriana Behar and Sheldia Bebe in an All-Brazilian meeting. The two teams have faced each other four times on the SWATCH-FIVB World Tour with Ana Paula and Pires winning three times. Adriana and Shelda won the last match earlier this season in Brazil 22-20, 18-21 and 15-11.

May and Walsh defeated 24th-seeded Ethel-Julie Arjona and Virginie Kadjo of France 21-14 and 21-11 in their first match Friday while McPeak and Youngs downed American rivals and fifth-seeded Annett Davis/Jenny Johnson Jordan 21-11, 23-25 and 15-11.

Ana Paula and Pires outlasted Brazilian foe and 11th-seeded Juliana Felisberta Silva and Larissa Franca 25-23, 18-21 and 15-7 in the longest match of the competition so far (64 minutes) and the Shelda and Adriana scored a 21-19 and 21-14 win over 23rd-seeded Milagros Crespo and Imara Esteves Ribalta of Cuba.

The women's Main Draw concludes Saturday afternoon 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.