Women's competition, Rio de Janeiro
From 20 September To 25 September 2004

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Solberg Salgado Returns Home to Earn SWATCH-FIVB World Tour Berth
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, September 20, 2004 - After spending two weeks competing in FIVB "Under-Something" events in Italy and on an island in the Atlantic Ocean off of the west coast of Africa, Carolina Solberg Salgado returned home to score a pair of victories here Monday during the Qualification Tournament for this week's women's SWATCH-FIVB World Tour.

Teamed with her third different partner in three weeks, Solberg Salgado advanced to the Main Draw of the US$360,000 Brazilian Open with Maria Salgado Rufino by winning a country quota match in the morning followed by an afternoon elimination match.

Two other teams from host Brazil also advanced from the Qualification Tournament to the Main Draw along with two tandems from Switzerland, and Beach Volleyball pairs from Canada, Japan and Norway.

Seeded 10th in the 15-team qualifier Solberg Salgado and Salgado Rufino opened play Monday by ousting Tais Jesus and Talita Rocha 21-16, 24-26 and 15-13 in 68 minutes in the Brazilian country quota playoff before the young South Americans earned a spot in the Main draw with a 21-14 and 21-16 win over Einav Muharer and Gisela Rodriquez from Israel.

Solberg Salgado won the women's FIVB U-21 World Championships this past Saturday on Porto Santo Island in the Atlantic with Taiana Lima as the pair scored a 21-11 and 21-12 victory over the Marion Castelli and Eva Hamzaoui of France. In Termoli, Italy, September 12, Solberg Salgado and Barbara Figueirado dropped the FIVB U-18 title match to Poland's Katarzyna Urban and Joanna Wiatr 17-21, 21-17 and 15-13.

Also earning Main Draw berths for Brazil were top-seeded qualifier Alexandra Fonseca and Mônica Rodrigues and sixth-seeded Mônica Paludo and Angela Vieira. Alexandra and Mônica used a 21-15 and 21-14 country quota win over Thatiana Damasio Soares and Andrezza Martins das Chagas to advance to the Main Draw. Mônica Paludo and Vieira advanced from the country quota round with a 21-17 and 21-15 win over 14th-seeded Gerusa Ferreira and Vanilda Leão before ousting 12th-seeded Andrea Luge and Natacha Nelson of France 21-12 and 21-16.

Other teams winning elimination matches for a spot in the Main Draw were fifth-seeded Isabelle Forrer and Lea Schwer of Switzerland and seventh-seeded Barry and Lukiw of Canada. The Swiss scored a 21-13, 22-24 and 15-11 win over 13th-seeded Rieke Brink-Abeler and Hella Jürich of Germany. Bryce Barry and Natalie Lukiw posted a 21-16 and 21-10 win over 11th-seeded Omella Fumagalli and Roberta Marini of Italy.

Three teams advanced from the qualifier to the Main Draw without playing a match, including second-seeded Cecilie Josefsen and Kristine Wiig of Norway, third-seeded Shinako Tanaka and Mika Teru Saiki of Japan and fourth-seeded Nadia Erni and Karin Trüssel.

Women's Main Draw play begins Wednesday in the mixed gender event. The men Qualification Tournament will be played Tuesday followed by the start of their Main Draw Thursday. The women's medal matches will be played Saturday with the men's bronze and gold medal matches set for Sunday.