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

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Tactics win the day for McPeak and Youngs
Rhodes, Greece, May 22, 2004 - Holly McPeak and Elaine Youngs (USA) advanced to the semi-finals of the 2004 Hellas Open in Rhodes, Greece on Saturday with a 2-0 (21-18, 21-18) victory over Brazil's Adriana Behar and Shelda. Joining them in the last four of the Swatch -FIVB World Tour event will be Kerri Walsh and Misty May who downed Jennifer Jordan and Annett Davis in straight sets (21-10, 21-14).

"We put a lot of pressure on Adriana Behar in that match and she made some errors which was to our favour," McPeak said after her team's triumph on centre court. "We also made some defensive adjustments to our game and that was great for us," the experienced American continued.

Describing the atmosphere inside centre court McPeak commented, "It's great, there's a lot of people here and they are all excited about watching world class Beach Volleyball. We love coming to Greece, the people are very passionate about sports and competitions so it's fun to be able to play in this environment."

When pressed about whether or not they could win the tournament, McPeak was forthright in her response. "We absolutely believe we can win here. We enter every tournament thinking we can win."

With McPeak and Youngs performing so solidly thus far in Rhodes there is every possibility of a clash with Walsh and May in Sunday's final should the world's top team make it. Questioned about that prospect McPeak noted, "Walsh and May are the number one team in the world and so everyone is gunning for them right now. If that match does happen to occur we'll kind of have to do what we did today, tough serving, putting defensive pressure on them and siding out well, but let's concentrate on the semi-final first."