Women's competition, Milan
From 1 September To 5 September 2004

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All-Brazilian Gold Medal Match Features Sisters Bede
Milan, Italy, September 5, 2004 - "Sister Act III" will be playing here Sunday afternoon during the gold medal match of the US$180,000 Alice Italian Open as the Brazilian Bede Family will be represented on both sides of the Beach Volleyball net.

Shaylyn Bede joined her older sister Shelda in the finals by scoring a 23-21, 24-26 and 15-10 win over seventh-seeded Eva Celbova and Sona Novakova of the Czech Republic in 63 minutes in the second of two semi-finals on the Arco della Pace (Arc of Peace) - Parco Sempione Centre Court.

Shelda teamed with Adriana Behar to capture the first semi-final Sunday with a 21-19 and 21-15 win in 39 minutes over third-seeded Nicole Schnyder and Simone Kuhn of Switzerland as the No. 1-ranked team on the SWATCH-FIVB World Tour attempts to capture the Alice Italian Open title after losing the 2003 gold medal match to Jia Tian and Fei Wang of China.

"That was a very tough match for us as the Czech ladies are very tall and we had to have very good shot placement over their block," said Shaylyn, who will turn 23 December 12 while Shelda, a two-time Olympic silver medallist with Adriana, will be 32 on January 1.

"Yes, I am the spoiled," said Shaylyn, the youngest of the five Bruno Bede children (four girls and one boy). "This is exciting for our family. Renata and I have played Adriana and Shelda numerous times. We have never beaten them. We have to play a perfect game today and hope Adriana and Shelda make a lot of mistakes. Anyway you look at it, a Bruno Bede will be on top of the podium today."

On the SWATCH-FIVB World Tour, the two sisters have faced each other only once with Adriana and Shelda winning 21-17 and 21-16 Saturday in the winner's bracket quarter-finals of the second annual Alice Italian Open.

Shaylyn and Ribeiro are playing in their first-ever SWATCH-FIVB World Tour "final four" as they guaranteed their biggest pay check in 14 international starts together with the second-place finisher sharing $18,000 with the winning team splitting $27,000. Shaylyn and Ribeiro split $15,000 for their fifth-place finish last October at the FIVB World Championships in Rio de Janeiro.

Adriana and Shelda, who have won two of the four gold medal matches this season with titles in Japan and Germany, also secured their sixth SWATCH-FIVB World Tour season point's title Friday. FIVB World Champions in 1999 and 2001, Adriana and Shelda won five-straight points titles from 1997 through 2001. Misty May and Kerri Walsh of the United States captured the 2002 point's crown with Brazil's Ana Paula Connelly and Sandra Pires the top team in 2003.

"I think you have to credit a lot of our success to our chemistry on- and off-the-sand," Adriana added. "We have accomplished a lot by staying together and working through a lot of the hard times. Right now, we are just focusing on the gold medal match today and the season's finale in Brazil in two weeks. We are tired and ready for a break."

The 2004 SWATCH-FIVB World Tour ends September 20-26 in Rio de Janeiro for a $360,000 mixed gender event. Brazil's Emanuel Rego and Ricardo, the Athens 2004 Olympic gold medallists, have already clinched the men's season point's title for the second-straight season.