Women's competition, Rhodes
From 19 May To 23 May 2004

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Bronze brings smiles back to Brazilian faces
Rhodes, Greece, May 23, 2003 - In sharp contrast to their mood as they left centre court following a semi-final defeat to Kerri Walsh and Misty May on Sunday, Brazil's Adriana Behar and Shelda were all smiles and full of energy as they greeted their adoring fans after a third place play-off triumph over Annett Davis and Jennifer Jordan of the USA in the 2004 Swatch - FIVB World Tour, Hellas Open.

The South American pair, who had gone a set down in the bronze medal game, recovered to reverse the score, winning 2-1 (23-25, 21-16, 15-11).

"We lost the first set but we tried to keep our minds focused after that," Adriana Behar stated after the win. "In the second and third set we played much better. I think in the future we have to try to keep to the level that we played with in the third set. This is now our goal because we haven't played well throughout this tournament."

Describing the electric atmosphere inside the illuminated Rhodes arena, Adriana Behar said, "Wow it was great. Usually we don't play these games at night so it's something different for us. We have some people here from Brazil cheering for us and that's fantastic."

With the competitions coming at pace now, Adriana Behar feels a change in training regime may prove benefical to the team. "We have been training too hard in Brazil and so during the games we haven't been reaching the level we produce during training. We made many, many mistakes during this tournament. We need to get better, that's for sure.

"With the Olympic Games approaching in three months we have to improve. For us, to have the teams here who are going to play in the Olympic Games, from this tournament we know where we are and the level that we are at and also what we need to do between now and the Games."