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From 29 June To 3 July 2004

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Davis & Johnson Jordan Secure All-USA Final Berth
STAVANGER, NORWAY, July 3, 2004 - After failing to qualify for last year's women's ConocoPhillips Open Main Draw, Annett Davis and Jenny Johnson Jordan made sure not to repeat last year's results by winning five-straight matches this week, including a semi-final victory here Saturday over Guylaine Dumont and Annie Martin.

In playing their Canadian rivals for the first-time ever, the third-seeded Davis and Johnson Jordan scored a 21-17 and 23-21 win over Dumont and Martin. The "final four" appearance by Dumont and Martin also marked the first-ever advancement by a Canadian women's team to the semi-finals.

With the 39-minute win, Davis and Johnson Jordan will challenge top-seeded Holly McPeak and Elaine Youngs in the All-American gold medal match where the winning team will share the $27,000 first-place prize. The match marks the second-time this season that the two teams have played for an international title with McPeak and Youngs scoring a 21-17 and 21-13 win in China.

McPeak and Youngs advanced to their ninth SWATCH-FIVB World Tour gold medal matches with a 25-23 and 21-14 semi-final win in 46 minutes over second-seeded Kerri Walsh and Rachel Wacholder in another All-American match. McPeak and Youngs have five FIVB titles to their credit, including a 2002 title in the inaugural Stavanger stop.

"Give the Canadians a lot of credit for playing extremely well today and throughout this tournament," said Davis after the match. "This was the first-time we played them, so we were learning about them with every serve. They did not give up and fought hard. We are thankful that the match did not go three sets since they were playing better at the end of the match."

Davis and Johnson Jordan will be playing in their seventh SWATCH-FIVB World Tour gold medal match with their two wins coming in 1999 in Portugal and 2000 in France. Playing in their 37th international event, Davis and Johnson Jordan have a 159-65 career record, including 22 wins in 32 matches this season.

Sunday's final will be the 22nd-time the two teams have played against each other, including the fourth meeting on the SWATCH-FIVB World Tour. McPeak and Youngs lead the series 17-4 with six-straight wins. Three of the wins in the streak have been international victories for McPeak and Youngs in Greece, China and Switzerland this season.

Since placing seventh in March's SWATCH-FIVB World Tour season opener in Brazil, McPeak and Youngs have finished second, first, third and third in their next four international starts before this week's stop on Vaagen Harbour. The pair has posted a 29-7 match mark this season to improve their career international record to 107-22.

The gold match will also mark the 13th-time in 113 SWATCH-FIVB World Tour events that two teams from the United States have play for an event title. Two All-USA finals have been this season, including the Greece finale where Misty May and Walsh defeated McPeak and Youngs for the Rhodes gold.