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

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Walsh and May continue to set the pace
Rhodes, Greece, May 22, 2004 - Another scintillating performance from Beach Volleyball masters Kerri Walsh and Misty May of the USA saw them cruise through to round four of the Swatch - FIVB World Tour in Rhodes on Saturday.

Team Walsh-May took little time to dispose of Germans Andrea Ahmann and Jana Vollmer by 2-0 (21-11, 21-13) and with this performance the top side from the USA sent a signal to the rest of the teams left in the competition that it will take something very special to beat them.

Walsh and May will come up against compatriots Jenny Jordan and Annett Davis who enjoyed success against Nicole Schnyder-Benoit and Simone Kuhn of Switzerland. In a tense game, the American pair came out on top by 2-1 (21-19, 17-21, 15-8).

Dutch duo Rebekka Kadjiik and Marrit Leenstra finally ran out of steam and exited the Hellas Open following their second defeat of the competition. Juliana Felisberta Silva and Larissa Franca, the Brazilian team that teamed up at the beginning of the 2004 season were responsible for Kadjiik and Leenstra's exit and their reward for the win is a clash with fellow outsiders Andrea Ahmann and Jana Vollmer from Germany.

Always in with a shout for a gold medal no matter what tournament they enter, the USA's Holly McPeak and Elaine Youngs perfomed to a high standard during their 2-0 (21-19, 21-19) triumph over Ribeiro-Shaylyn of Brazil.

Elsewhere, Adriana Behar and Shelda, also from Brazil, cruised through their game against the plucky Japanese, Ryoko Tokuno and Chiaki Kusuhara, winning a one-sided match by 2-0 (21-11, 21-16). Shelda and Adriana Behar will now encounter McPeak and Youngs in round four.