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Default Italian Open features 55-team men's SWATCH FIVB World Tour qualifier

Roseto degli Abruzzi, Italy, May 13, 2008 - A 55-team qualifying field has been set for the third annual Italian Open presented by Abruzzo as the Beach Volleyball tandems from Brazil, Italy and the United States won Country Quota playoff matches here Tuesday to advance to Wednesday's competition.

The fourth of 20 men's events on the 2008 SWATCH FIVB World Tour calendar, the US$175,000 Italian Open presented by Abruzzo Qualification Tournament will determine the final eight entries for Thursday's opening Main Draw rounds. The medal matches on the Palabeach at the Lungomare Trento will be played Sunday when the final two teams compete for the $28,000 first-place prize.

Brazil's Pedro Cunha and Franco Neto protected their No. 1-seeded in the qualifier by winning a pair of Country Quota matches Tuesday over Alison Cerutti/Bernardo Romano (21-15 and 21-13, 41 minutes) and Luizao Correa/Benjamin Insfran (16-21, 21-19 and 15-13, 76).

In defeating Luizao and Benjamin for the third-straight week in the Country Quota rounds, Cunha and Franco are now 5-0 in the preliminary rounds. Cunha and Franco must win two qualifying matches Wednesday to earn a spot in the "money" rounds to join three other Brazilian pairs in Thursday's competition where defending Italian Open presented by Abruzzo champions Marcio Araujo and Fabio Magalhaes await the Main Draw field.

Marcio Araujo and Fabio captured the 2007 Italian Open presented by Abruzzo by defeating compatriots Emanuel Rego and Ricardo Santos 23-21, 16-21 and 15-12 in the 80-minute finale. Emanuel and Ricardo also captured the 2006 Roseto Degli Abruzzi silver medal after losing the title match 14-21, 21-17 and 15-12 in 59 minutes to Switzerland’s Patrick Heuscher and Stefan Kobel.

With three teams already in the Italian Open presented by Abruzzo Main Draw, host Italy will have four teams in Wednesday's qualifier, including Rodolfo Cavaliere and Fabio Galli after the pair won a Country Quota match Tuesday. Italians in the "money" rounds are Riccardo "Riccardino" Lione/Matteo Varnier, Eugenio Amore/Riccardo Bizzotto and Francesco Giontella/Paolo Nicolai.

Casey Jennings and Matt Fuerbringer won the American Country Quota playoff and will join compatriots Stein Metzger and Mark Williams in the qualifier seeking two more Main Draw berths for the North American country where Phil Dalhausser/Todd Rogers and Jake Gibb/Sean Rosenthal have already been placed.

Dalhausser and Rogers are the 2007 SWATCH FIVB World champions while Gibb and Rosenthal won last week's SWATCH FIVB World Tour stop in the Czech Republic where the Americans defeated Julius Brink and Christoph Dieckmann of Germany 21-13 and 23-21 in the Prague finale.

A total of 84 men's teams from 35 countries have competed or will compete in the Italian Open Presented by Abruzzo (as of May 13, 2008), including Angola, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belarus, Brazil, Canada, China, Croatia, Cuba, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Georgia, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Russia, San Marino, Slovak Republic, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United States, and Venezuela.

Following the Italian Open presented by Abruzzo, the men's SWATCH FIVB World Tour continues in Europe for an event in Croatia (Zagreb, May 20-25) before heading to Spain for a double gender event in Barcelona. The women's circuit is in Korea (Seoul) this week and competes in Japan (Osaka, May 20-25) before traveling back to Europe and the $350,000 Barcelona event



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Old 05-16-2008, 09:22 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Default Rainy start for SWATCH FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Italian Open

Roseto degli Abruzzi, Italy, May 13, 2008 – It was a rainy start Tuesday at the SWATCH FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Italian Open presented by Abruzzo.

As usual, the tournament began with country quota playoff matches, on side courts at Lido Azzurra Palabeach, with the Brazilian, USA and Italian teams in action.

In an all-Italian affair, local idol Roberto Marini and team-mate Andrea Raffaelli lost their match against Fabio Galli and Rudy Cavaliere.

"Country quota playoffs are always difficult matches," said Galli, "because it is a single elimination tournament.

"Today we played quite well against an experienced team. We hope also for better weather for tomorrow."

Cavaliere said that he and Fabio have few international points and so their only chance to enter the main draw is to play as well as possible.

USA team Matt Fuerbringer and Casey Jennings won against Sean Scott and Nick Lucena 2-0.

The four Brazilian teams offered three highly spectacular matches to the public, especially during an endless final, when Franco Neto and Pedro Cunha won against Benjamin Insfran and Luizao Correa, at the end of a three-set match.

Wednesday sees the start of the Qualification Tournament, starting at 8.30 a.m. and ending at 7: 30 p.m., with everyone hoping for better weather and a bit of sun.



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Default Nine teams advance from Italian Open qualifier

Roseto degli Abruzzi, Italy, May 14, 2008 - With the largest qualifying field in 17 SWATCH FIVB World Tour events, eight teams secured Main Draw spots here Wednesday for the $US175,000 Italian Open presented by Abruzzo as one other Beach Volleyball tandem netted a "lucky loser" berth due to a late withdrawal.

The 21st of 29 men qualifying events for Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, the Main Draw for the third annual Italian Open presented by Abruzzo begins Thursday and concludes Sunday on the Palabeach at the Lungomare Trento when the final two teams compete for the $28,000 first-place prize.

With only three of the top eighth-seeded men's teams advancing from Wednesday's play to the Main Draw, the 55-team Italian Open presented by Abruzzo Qualification Tournament had the largest number of competitors for the preliminary rounds since last year's SWATCH FIVB World Tour stop in Zagreb, Croatia.

Top-ranked teams initially surviving from Wednesday's single-elimination format were top-seeded Pedro Cunha/Franco Neto of Brazil and eighth-seeded Fabien Dugrip/Gregory Gagliano of France. Due to the late withdrawal of Germany's Jonas Reckermann/Mischa Urbatzka, second-seeded Renato "Geor" Gomes/Jorge "Gia" Terceiro of Georgia gained a Main Draw berth via a "lucky loser" draw with the third-seeded Jochem De Gruijter/Gijs Ronnes of the Netherlands.

Jackson Henriquez and Igor Hernandez of Venezuela, the 18th-seeded team, had initially eliminated Geor and Gia from the competition with a win 17-21, 21-18 and 15-13 in 64 minutes in the final round of the qualifier while De Gruijter and Ronnes were ousted by 14th-seeded Jose Pedrosa and Pedro Rosas of Portugal 21-19 and 21-14 in 39 minutes. A "lucky loser" draw is between the top two-seeded teams losing in the final qualifying round when there is a late Main Draw withdrawal.

Netting Main Draw berths with seed-breakthroughs in the final qualifying round were a pair of teams from the United States along with 10th-seeded Kjell Goranson/Vegard Hoidalen of Norway and the 14th-seeded Ces brothers (Andy and Kevin) of France. Americans advancing were 17th-seeded Stein Metzger/Mark Williams and 20th-seeded Matt Fuerbringer/Casey Jennings.

The United States will now have four teams in the Main Draw along with Brazil as both countries have the top two teams in Thursday's competition. Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers of the United States, the 2007 SWATCH FIVB World champions, will be the top-seeded team with reigning Olympic champions Emanuel Rego and Ricardo Santos of Brazil listed second.

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Default Near-perfect day for SWATCH FIVB World Tour Italian Open seeds

Roseto degli Abruzzi, May 15, 2008 - Led by 2007 SWATCH FIVB World champions Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers, seven of the eight top-seeded teams won as expected here Thursday during the opening rounds of the $US175,000 Italian Open presented by Abruzzo on the Palabeach at the Lungomare Trento.

Only 2006 SWATCH FIVB World champions Marcio Araujo and Fabio Magalhaes were defeated by a lower-seeded team during the first of four days of SWATCH FIVB World Tour competition. The third annual Italian Open presented by Abruzzo concludes Sunday when the final two teams compete for the $28,000 first-place prize.

With 2003 SWATCH FIVB World champions Emanuel Rego and Ricardo Santos of Brazil also winning Thursday after denying a first-round upset by 31st-seeded Jackson Henriquez and Igor Hernandez of Venezuela, the top-seeded Dalhausser and Rogers scored a pair of wins over teams from Italy and Switzerland to advance to a Friday meeting with eighth-seeded Dmitri Barsouk and Igor Kolodinsky of Russia.

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Default Brazilians & Germans fill final two Italian Open semi-final spots

Teams from Brazil and Germany filled the last two semi-final spots in the $US175,000 Italian Open presented by Abruzzo here Saturday after eliminating Beach Volleyball tandems from Russia and the Netherlands on the Palabeach at the Lungomare Trento.

With the top-seeded pairs of Phil Dalhausser/Todd Rogers of the United States and Emanuel Rego/Ricardo Santos of Brazil advancing to the Italian Open presented by Abruzzo "final four" Friday, third-seeded Harley Marques/Pedro Salgado and 11th-seeded Julius Brink/Christoph Dieckmann of Germany netted the last two semi-final spots Saturday afternoon at this week's SWATCH FIVB World Tour stop.

Harley and Salgado, who advanced to their third SWATCH semi-final in four FIVB events this season, scored a 21-18 and 21-17 win in 43 minutes over eighth-seeded Dmitri Barsouk and Igor Kolodinsky of Russia to gain a "final four" meeting Sunday morning against the top-seeded Dalhausser and Rogers.

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Default Harley & Salgado net third 2008 SWATCH FIVB World Tour gold medal

The "hottest" Beach Volleyball tandem on the men's SWATCH FIVB World Tour since last August is not the reigning Olympic or World champions, but Harley Marques and Pedro Salgado, and the Brazilians teamed up to win for the fifth time in their last seven international events by capturing the $US175,000 Italian Open presented by Abruzzo here Sunday on the Palabeach at the Lungomare Trento.

Rebounding from a 13th-place finish last week in the Czech Republic, the third-seeded Harley and Salgado won a pair of matches Sunday to claim their sixth SWATCH FIVB World Tour since forming their partnership at the start of last season. The Brazilians posted a 20-22, 21-18 and 15-8 gold medal win over 11th-seeded Julius Brink and Christoph Dieckmann of Germany in 62 minutes.

After posting a 21-18 and 21-17 elimination win Saturday over eighth-seeded Dmitri Barsouk and Igor Kolodinsky of Russia, Harley and Salgado opened play Sunday with a 16-21, 21-17 and 15-12 semi-final victory over top-seeded Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers of the United States in 70 minutes. It was the second semi-final win this season for the Brazilians over Dalhausser and Rogers, the 2007 SWATCH FIVB World champions.

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