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  Stavanger  2007   Women's Grand Slam
27.06.2007 -  30.06.2007

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NORWEGIANS POST BEST STAVANGER FINISH
 

Stavanger, Norway, June 29, 2007 - The “pressure to perform well” before family, friends and fans is added burden for most host country teams on the SWATCH-FIVB World Tour, especially for Beach Volleyball pairs from Norway at this week’s US$600,000 ConocoPhillips Grand Slam.

 

Some of the “pressures” for Susanne Glesnes and Kathrine Maaseide were eased here Friday morning as the Norwegians are now guaranteed their best placement-ever on their Vaagen Harbour “home sand” after defeating a team from the Czech Republic to advance to the second-round of the ConocoPhillips Grand Slam.

 

Seeded 10th for their fifth ConocoPhillips Grand Slam appearance, Glesnes and Maaseide advanced to their next match against third-seeded Jia Tian and Jie Wang of China when Hana Klapalova could not finish her match with Tereza Petrova after trailing 13-6 in the third-and-deciding set.  The 27th-seeded Czech Republic team won the first set 21-17 Friday before Glesnes and Maaseide rallied to win the second set 21-13.

 

With their third win in four ConocoPhillips Grand Slam matches this week, Glesnes and Maaseide are now assured a ninth-place to better their best their previous four Stavanger placements of 25th, 25th, 13th and 25th.  When Glesnes missed the 2005 season due to giving birth to her son (Magnus), Maaseide and Kristine Wiig posted a 17th in ConocoPhillips Grand Slam.

 

“This is special,” said Maaseide, who has a brother (Bjorn) competing with Iver Horrem this week.  “We have always been disappointed with our play in Stavanger, especially in front of our families , friends and fans.  Reaching the elimination rounds was good and winning a match today was great.  Hopefully, we can continue our good fortune against one of the best teams in the world.”

 

Tian and Wang were one of eight teams that earned “byes” after winning their pools Thursday while Glesnes and Maaseide finished second in their pool behind 23rd-seeded Mika Teru Saiki and Chiaki Kusuhara.  The Japanese posted a 21-18 and 21-18 win over the Norwegians in an opening match Wednesday.

 

Also winning opening matches Friday to advance to the “sweet 16” of the SWATCH-FIVB World Tour event were two teams from Germany along with seventh-seeded Tamsin Barnett/Natalie Cook of Australia, eighth-seeded Ana Paula Connelly/Leila Barros of Brazil, 15th-seeded Vasso Karadassiou/Vassiliki Arvaniti of Greece, 24th-seeded Merel Mooren/Rebekka Kadijk of the Netherlands and 29th-seeded April Ross/Jennifer Boss of the United States.

 

German winners Friday morning were 14th-seeded Okka Rau/Stephanie Pohl and 17th-seeded Laura Ludwig/Sara Goller.  Rau and Pohl finished fourth in last year’s ConocoPhillips Grand Slam while Goller and Ludwig advanced to a SWATCH-FIVB World Tour gold medal match two weeks ago in Portugal.

 

The SWATCH-FIVB World Tour continues next week in Canada before returning to Europe for the third grand slam event in Berlin July 10-15 followed by a stop in Marseille and the $1-million SWATCH-FIVB World Championships in Gstaad, Switzerland.

  
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