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From 29 June To 3 July 2004

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Dumont & Martin Earn Canada's First Women's "Final Four" Spot
STAVANGER, NORWAY, July 2, 2004 - By winning two of three Beach Volleyball matches here Friday, 12th-seeded Guylaine Dumont and Annie Martin became the first-ever women's team from Canada to advance to a "final four" in a SWATCH-FIVB World Tour event.

Playing Friday's final elimination match, Dumont and Martin earned a spot in Saturday's second ConocoPhillips Open semi-final match by defeating 10th-seeded Nila Ann Hakedal and Ingrid Torlen of Norway 21-9 and 21-10 before a packed Vaagen Harbour cente court of more than 3,500 fans.

With the two wins, the Canadians will play teams Saturday from south of their borders as three tandems from the United States earned "final four" berths earlier Friday. Dumont and Martin will challenge third-seeded Annett Davis and Jenny Johnson Jordan in Saturday after top-seeded Holly McPeak and Elaine Youngs play second-seeded Kerri Walsh and Rachel Wacholder.

McPeak and Youngs advanced to the semi-finals with a 21-14 and 21-19 win over Dumont and Martin. McPeak and Youngs have now gained a semi-final berth in their last five international events with gold, silver and two bronze medal finishes.

Davis and Johnson Jordan scored a 21-19 and 22-20 win over Walsh and Wacholder to advance to their third "final four" this season. In May, Davis and Johnson Jordan placed fourth in Greece and lost the gold medal match in China to McPeak and Youngs.

Walsh and Wacholder gained a berth in the "final four" with a 21-17 and 21-19 win over 25th-seeded Renata Ribeiro and Shaylyn Bede of Brazil, who were also defeated 19-21, 21-12 and 17-15 by McPeak and Youngs earlier Friday. It is Wacholder's first-ever international "final four" as she is replacing Misty may as Walsh's partner this week.

Despite finishing fifth with a 4-2 match mark, Hakedal and Torlen posted Norway's best-ever finish in the women's ConocoPhillips Open. In the previous two ConocoPhillips Open, the Norwegian women were 0-18. This week, three teams from Norway posted a 6-7 match mark with Susanne Glesnes and Kathrine Maaseide placing 13th with two wins in four matches.

The ConocoPhillips Open is the third of four-straight events in Europe before the July 11 deadline to determine the 24 women's teams for the 2004 Athens Games in August. While the men play 18 matches Saturday to determine their "final four," the final two women's teams will compete for the $27,000 first-place prize.