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  Stavanger  2007   Women's Grand Slam
27.06.2007 -  30.06.2007

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CHINA & USA VIE SWATCH-FIVB WORLD TOUR GOLD
 

Stavanger, Norway, June 30, 2007 - Teams from China and the United States won women’s semi-final matches here Saturday in the US$600,000 ConocoPhillips Grand Slam, but the American representative in the Vaagen Harbour finale will not be Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh.

 

Second-seeded Jia Tian and Jie Wang posted a 21-19 and 21-19 semi-final win in 47 minutes over the top-seeded May-Treanor and Walsh, who had defeated their Chinese rivals last week for the gold medal in the Paris finale.

 

Jen Boss and April Ross will be the American representative in the finals of the SWATCH-FIVB World Tour event after the 29th-seeded team scored a 21-19 and 21-18 win in 45 minutes over 17th-seeded Sara Goller and Laura Ludwig of Germany in a match featuring two teams that started ConocoPhillips Grand Slam play this past Monday while the other two tandems began competing Wednesday.

 

The fourth of 13 double gender events on the 2007 SWATCH-FIVB World Tour calendar, the women’s finalists will be competing for the for the $43,500 first-place prize.  While the Chinese will be competing in their ninth SWATCH finale, Boss and Ross have advanced through country quota playoffs, qualifying, pool play and the elimination bracket to reach their first FIVB final together.

 

“We felt confident that we would play well this week,” said 29-year old Boss, who competed in a SWATCH medal match at the end of the 2005 season with Nancy Mason in Mexico.  “We have been focused on each match and not looking ahead.  Like the Germans, we have been fighting our way through all the levels of competition to reach the medal rounds.  We are excited to be in the finals, now we must play our very best match to defeat the Chinese.  They were impressive against Kerri and Misty this morning.”

 

Tian and Wang are currently the No. 1-ranked women’s team on the SWATCH-FIVB World Tour as the 2007 season begins the qualifying process for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.  The Chinese captured the season’s first gold medal early last month in Shanghai before placing second, second, fifth, seventh and second in the next five SWATCH starts.

 

With their second win in five meetings with May-Treanor and Walsh, Tian and Wang moved into the 10th-place on the FIVB’s all-time team earnings list with $391,600 for 20 SWATCH starts since the start of the 2006 season.

 

The China-USA match is the third-ever title meeting between the two countries on the SWATCH-FIVB World Tour.  May-Treanor and Walsh won the previous two meetings, including a 2006 gold medal victory against Lu Wang and Linjun Ji in 2006 at Athens along with last week’s win in Paris.

 

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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