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From 13 July To 18 July 2004

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French Country Quota Results as Expected
MARSEILLE, FRANCE, July 13, 2004 - The higher-seeded teams won as expected in the country quota for France here Tuesday morning to help determine the line-up for the final 16 women's Qualification Tournament matches this week's US$560,000 World Series 13 event, the second of three Grand Slam stops on the 2004 SWATCH-FIVB World Tour.

Advancing from the country quota playoffs for France in the eighth annual World Series 13 were the teams of Aurelie Beaute/Andrea Luge, Morgane Fareau/Marion Castelli, Marjorie Molina/Lorena Indremilla and Sandrine Fillsetti/Perrine Royannais.

France has already placed three teams in the Main Draw, including Ethel-Julie Arjona and Virginie Kadjo, who missed qualifying for the 2004 Athens Olympic Games by 12 points. One more Main Draw match win among their best eight finishes on the SWATCH-FIVB World Tour since January 2003 was all Arjona and Kadjo needed to pass the Yanchulova sisters (Lina and Petia) of Bulgaria.

Ranked 27th on the SWATCH-FIVB World Tour list with $21,000 in combined earnings this season, Arjona and Kadjo posted a career best finish of fifth last season in Italy. After posting a ninth in the Swiss Alps last month in the first of the four-straight Olympic qualifying events in Europe, Arjona and Kadjo's Athens hopes were hurt by not advancing to the Main Draw in the next two events in Germany and Norway.

The pair placed ninth last week in Mallorca, but were eliminated from Olympic contention when they dropped their final match to Angela Clarke and Kylie Gerlic of Australia 21-19 and 21-11. One of the wins was over the Yanchulova sisters, who finished ahead of Arjona and Kadjo with 1,100 points compared to 1,088.

Arjona and Kadjo won two of three matches during the Olympic qualifying process over the Bulgarians. The only setback was a three-setter in Greece earlier this season where the deciding set was 15-13.

Arjona and Kadjo placed ninth in the 2003 World Series 13 event for the highest finish ever by a women's team in the Marseille stop as they posted a 3-1 record against teams that qualified for the Athens Games.. Also competing for France in the women's Main Draw are the teams of Claire Jaouen/Tatiana Riera and Kevin Etienne/Deborah Giaoui.

The 11th annual men's World Series 13 opens Wednesday morning with the Qualification Tournament while the women begin Main Draw play. The finals are set for Sunday when the winners of each gender will share the $41,500 first-place prizes.