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Old 05-07-2008, 09:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Barcelona 2008 Women's Open may 26-31

Spain hosts its first SWATCH-FIVB World Tour event since 2004 as Barcelona joins the calendar for the first time. Almeria, Cadiz, Mallorca, Marbella and Tenerife have hosted previous menís events where Spainís top finish was a 1995 silver medal for Javier Bosma and Sixto Jimenez in Tenerife. Womenís events have been held in Almeria, Gran Canaria, Meadrid and Mallorca. The top placement by a Spanish womenís team was a ninth by Monica Del Prado and Liliana Diaz at the 1992 Almeria event, the first-ever women's stop on the SWATCH-FIVB World Tour. Brazilians have dominated the podium with 34 of the possible 63 menís and womenís medals, including nine menís and three womenís titles. The Lacigas (Martin and Paul) of Switzerland captured the most menís titles with four gold medals at three different Spanish sites. Shelda Bede and Adriana Behar captured 2001 and 2002 Spanish titles in Gran Canaria and Mallorca, respectively. Spain has hosted women's FIVB Satellite events the past two seasons where teams from Portugal (Juliana Antunes/Sandra Castro, 2006 at Getxo) and the Netherlands (Marleen Van Iersel/Maloes Wesselink, 2007 at San Sebastiŗn) have won gold medals. Barcelona is one of nine new sites in 2008 on the SWATCH-FIVB World Tour calendar along with Adelaide (Australia), Guaruja (Brazil), Sanya (China), Prague (Czech Republic), Osaka (Japan), Myslowice (Poland) Moscow (Russia) and Dubai (United Arab Emirates).



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Default Women join men for SWATCH FIVB World Tour Barcelona stop

After competing within the Asian Volleyball Confederation for their first four events of the 2008 SWATCH FIVB World Tour season, the women rejoin their male counterparts this week as the international Beach Volleyball tour visits mainland Spain for the first time in six years.

While the men have competed in SWATCH FIVB World Tour stops the past three weeks in Europe, the women have completed events in Korea and Japan after starting the year with the other gender for season-opening tournaments in Australia and China to begin the 2008 portion of qualifying for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.

Starting Monday in Barcelona, the US$350,000 Hyundai Open Barcelona will begin the first of seven-straight weeks of double gender competition in Europe through the Russian Grand Slam in Moscow the second week of July. Other stops will be in Poland, Berlin, Paris and Norway before the first SWATCH FIVB World Tour event in Moscow since 1999.

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Default Women's Main Draw set at Hyundai Open Barcelona

Led by the Brazilian Salgado sisters, eight teams advanced through the women's Qualification Tournament to the Main Draw here Tuesday for the US$350,000 Hyundai Open Barcelona set on the steps of the picturesque Placa Carles Buigas.

After four-straight SWATCH FIVB World Tour stops within the Asian Volleyball Confederation in Australia, China, Korea and Japan, the women's international Beach Volleyball circuit is playing for the first time this season in Europe with the inaugural Hyundai Open Barcelona also featuring men's Country Quota matches for teams from Brazil, Italy, Norway and Spain on Tuesday afternoon.

After being eliminated last week in the Brazilian Country Quota playoffs in Japan, the Salgados regained their winning ways with a preliminary win Monday followed by two qualifying victories Tuesday over teams from New Zealand and Germany to improve their season record to 12-7, including a 7-1 mark in the qualifiers.

The top five-seeded Hyundai Open Barcelona teams advanced as expected, including second-seeded Kathrine Maaseide/Susanne Glesnes of Norway, third-seeded Andrezza Martins Cristine Santanna fourth-seeded Mika Teru Saiki/Chiaki Kusuhara of Japan and fifth-seeded Annie Martin/Dana Cooke of Canada.

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Default Philippine pair nets women's Hyundai Open Barcelona upset

Four seed-breakthroughs highlighted play during the first round of the women's winner's bracket here Wednesday for the US$350,000 Hyundai Open Barcelona on the steps of the picturesque Placa Carles Buigas.

Posting Wednesday's biggest upset in the the inaugural SWATCH FIVB World Tour event was 28th-seeded Diane Pascua and Heidi Ilustre as the Beach Volleyball team from the Philippines scored an 11-21, 21-16 and 15-11 win over fifth-seeded Sara Goller and Laura Ludwig of Germany.

After failing to qualifying for the SWATCH FIVB World Tour Main Draws in the first two international events in Australia and China, Pascua and Ilustre earned a spot in their third-straight "money" round Tuesday with a pair of wins over teams from Australia and Canada to earn a right to challenge the Germans Wednesday.

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Default Swiss secure Spanish success at Barca SWATCH stop

After placing 25th two weeks ago in Korea, a pair of Beach Volleyball wins by Simone Kuhn and Lea Schwer here Wednesday at the US$350,000 Hyundai Open Barcelona helped end a run of SWATCH FIVB World Tour disappointments for the Swiss pair.

"We need to finish ninth or higher this week to help improve our chances for the Olympics," said the 27-year old Kuhn, who participated in the Athens 2004 Summer Games with Nicole Nicole Schnyder-Benoit. "We have not played well in our last four SWATCH events, so we wanted to prove to ourselves that we are a better team than our previous results."

With their 23-21 and 21-17 win in 52 minutes over eighth-seeded Tyra Turner and Rachel Wacholder of the United States, Kuhn and Schwer are now guaranteed a ninth this week after placing 17th, 17th, 25th and 25th in their last four SWATCH FIVB World Tour events dating back to last November in Thailand.

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Default Brazilian & Greeks Barcelona's best at SWATCH event

Women's Beach Volleyball teams from South American and Europe are pacing the field at the US$350,000 Hyundai Open Barcelona as the tandems of Juliana Felisberta Silva/Larissa Franca of Brazil and Vassiliki Arvaniti and Vasso Karadassiou of Greece won a pair of matches each Thursday to advance to the "final four" at this week's SWATCH FIVB World Tour event.

The top-seeded Juliana and Larissa advanced to their fifth-straight SWATCH "final four" this season, 12th-consecutive since last June and 48th overall. For the seventh-seeded Arvaniti and Karadassiou, the Hyundai Open Barcelona semi-final appearance is the Greeks first this year and seventh overall in 41 FIVB starts since the start of the 2005 season.

While Juliana and Larissa were defeating Brazilian rivals and fourth-seeded Talita Antunes and Renata Ribeiro for the 23rd-time in 28 SWATCH meetings since 2005 with a 21-14 and 22-20 win in 41 minutes, Arvaniti and Karadassiou posted a 21-15 and 21-17 semi-final-qualifying victory in 40 minutes over third-seeded Shelda Bede and Ana Paula Connelly of Brazil.

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Default Americans recover for Barcelona finale

After dropping their second match of the US$350,000 Hyundai Open Barcelona, Nicole Branagh and Elaine Youngs recovered from the setback to win five-straight elimination matches to reach the SWATCH FIVB World Tour semi-finals where the Americans upset Juliana Felisberta Silva and Larissa Franca here Friday afternoon to reach their second international Beach Volleyball finale.

Seeded second in the 32-team Main Draw for the inaugural Hyundai Open Barcelona, Branagh and Youngs opened play Friday with elimination wins over teams from Germany and Brazil to advance to Saturday's gold medal match against fourth-seeded Talita Antunes and Renata Ribeiro of Brazil.

After Branagh and Youngs scored a 22-20, 14-21 and 15-13 win in 62 minutes over Juliana and Larissa, Talita and Renata reached their 11th SWATCH FIVB World Tour gold-medal match with a 19-21, 21-19 and 15-8 win in 56 minutes over seventh-seeded Vassiliki Arvaniti and Vasso Karadassiou of Greece. The Brazilians will be seeking their second title this season after winning at the start of May in Shanghai.

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