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Five Upset Winners Highlight Women's World Series 13 Qualifier
MARSEILLE, FRANCE, July 13, 2004 - Teams from Austria, Finland, France, the Netherlands and Spain scored upset wins here Tuesday afternoon in the eighth annual women's World Series 13 to earn Beach Volleyball Main Draw berths in the US$560,000 event.

Highlighting the upsets was a 21-15 and 21-14 win by 24th-seeded Carole Cordinnier and Mathilde Giodano of France over sixth-seeded Krisztina Nagy and Anita Petho of Hungary. It was the French's third win Tuesday as they also scored a 21-16 and 21-13 upset victory over 11th-seeded Karin Trüssel and Nadia Erni of Switzerland.

With Cordinnier and Giodano's advancement to the Main Draw, it marked the third-time in nine women's SWATCH-FIVB World Tour events this season that a host country has earned a Main Draw berth from the Qualification Tournament.

Brazil's Juliana Felisberta Silva and Larissa Franca advanced from the Fortaleza qualifier in the March season opener to place third. Felisberta Silva and Larissa won last week's stop in Mallorca. Germany's Ulrike Schmidt and Antje Rode advanced from the Berlin qualifier, but placed 25th in the season's first Grand Slam event last month.

Also posting seed break-throughs Tuesday were ninth-seeded Emilie Nystrom/Erika Nystrom of Finland, 12th-seeded Sanne Keizer/Merel Mooren of the Netherlands, 13th-seeded Christina Gschweidl/Sabine Swoboda of Austria and 15th-seeded Dinah Kilchenmann/Lea Schwer of Switzerland.

Teams avoiding upsets Tuesday to earn berths in the Main Draw were top-seeded Laura Bruschini/Annamaria Solazzi of Italy, third-seeded Helke Claasen/Martina Stoof of Germany and seventh-seeded Marie-Andress Lessard/Sarah Maxwell of Canada.

Also earning a Main Draw berth via the "lucky loser" format was second-seeded Ester Alcon and Catalina Pol of Spain and fourth-seeded Gabriele Jobst and Patricia Stragliotto of Canada, who dropped their final matches to teams from Switzerland and Austria, respectively. Two Main Draw berth opened up after the start of the qualifier as teams from Greece and Mexico withdrew due to injuries. The highest-seeded losing teams in the final round of the qualifier fills any vacant Main Draw spot.

The fifth of five-straight mixed gender events on the 2003 SWATCH-FIVB World Tour, the World Series 13 will start men's qualifying Wednesday along with the opening rounds of the women's Main Draw. The men's Main Draw starts Thursday with the medal matches for both genders being played Sunday. The winning women's and men's teams each split the $41,500 first-place prizes.