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Default Women's Country Quota matches launch Paris SWATCH FIVB World Tour stop

It is still spring time in the French capital and the SWATCH FIVB World Tour has returned to the Champ de Mars site for the fourth-straight year as women's Country Quota matches for teams from Brazil and Germany launched the US$600,000 Henkel Grand Chelem.

Advancing from the four-match playoff schedule on a side court within walking distance of the Eiffel Tower were the Brazilian Salgado sisters (Carolina and Maria Clara) and Jana Kohler/Ilka Semmler of Germany. Both Beach Volleyball tandems will compete in a 32-team Qualification Tournament Tuesday to determine the final eight spots in the women's Henkel Grand Chelem.

The fifth double-gender event on the 2008 SWATCH FIVB World Tour calendar, the men's Henkel Grand Chelem Country Quota matches will be played Tuesday followed by a Wednesday qualifier in the midst of the women's pool play schedule where host France will have three teams competing in the "money" rounds.

The men's Henkel Grand Chelem Main Draw starts Thursday as the semi-finals for both genders will be played Saturday to set the schedule for all four medal matches to be played Sunday. The final two teams in each gender will be competing for a share of the $43,500 first-place prizes.

French pairs in the women's Main Draw are Morgane Faure/Virginie Sarpaux, Deborah Giaoui/Eva Hamzaoui and Celine Gemise Fareau/Mathilde Giordano. Faure and Sarpaux are currently 22nd on the qualifying list for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games with 1,500 for their best eight finishes on the SWATCH FIVB World Tour since May 2007.

In avenging a Country Quota setback to Maria Antonelli and Leao Vanilda, the Salgados eliminated a team that placed fifth in last week's initial SWATCH FIVB World Tour in Berlin. Antonelli and Leao, who opened play Monday with a 19-21, 21-16 and 15-13 win in 58 minutes over Shaylyn Bede and Agatha Bednarczuk, won seven of nine matches last week in the German capital with both setbacks to the teams that competed in the Berlin finale - Misty May-Treanor/Kerri Walsh of the United States and Jia Tian/Jie Wang of China.

Kohler and Semmler won two matches Monday, including a 21-16 and 21-9 win over Helke Claasen and Antje Roder, who placed ninth last week in Berlin where two of their three losses were to teams that competed for medals this past Saturday. Kohler and Semmler, who split a pair of qualifying matches in Berlin, opened play Monday with a 13-21, 21-16 and 15-10 win over Geeske Banck and Anja Gunther.

The 25th of 28 qualifying events for women and the 26th of 29 qualifying stops for men for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, the Henkel Grand Chelem also features additional prize money and points as compared to a SWATCH FIVB World Tour "open" stops. Grand Slam points range from 24 points for 41st-place to 800 points for a gold-medal finish. At an "open" FIVB event, 600 points is awarded for placing first and 18 points for 41st place.

Following the Henkel Grand Chelem, SWATCH FIVB World Tour Grand Slam stops will be held in Norway (Stavanger), Moscow, Switzerland (Gstaad) and Austria (Klagenfurt) prior to the Beijing 2008 Olympics. The Stavanger and Moscow stops are part of the Summer Games process with the final qualifying event set for July 15-20 in Marseille, France.

The Gstaad and Klagenfurt Grand Slams will be tune ups for the Summer Games in the Chinese capital where competition will be held August 9-22. The women's Olympic medal matches will be played August 21 and the men's August 22. Both Beijing fields will feature 24 teams with no more than two pairs per country.



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Default Paris SWATCH FIVB World Tour qualifier proves helpful & harmful

The women's Qualification Tournament for the US$600,000 Henkel Grand Chelem proved to be helpful or harmful for several teams here Tuesday as Beach Volleyball pairs from eight countries advanced to the "money" rounds for this week's SWATCH FIVB World Tour stop.

With the Henkel Grand Chelem returning to the Champs de Mars site for the fourth-straight year, Tuesday's qualifying teams will join 23 other tandems in the Main Draw rounds for the eighth SWATCH FIVB World Tour women's event in 2008 that is being played within walking distance of the Eiffel Tower.

With Henkel Grand Chelem pool play being featured Wednesday, a ninth spot for the "money" rounds will be determined later Tuesday evening at the technical meeting. A "Lucky Loser" draw will be held to fill a spot vacated after the start of the women's competition Monday with a late withdrawal due to a back injury for Germany's Rieke Abeler-Brink, who was scheduled to play this week with Hella Jurich.

Success Tuesday was defined by teams still in the chase for possible spots in the Beijing 2008 Olympics as the Henkel Grand Chelem provides additional qualifying points for the Summer Games as compared to a SWATCH FIVB World Tour "open" event.

Qualifying teams Tuesday still seeking to improve their Olympic standings are Susanne Glesnes/Kathrine Maaseide of Norway, Sara Montagnolli/Sabine Swoboda of Austria, the Nystrom twins (Emilia and Erika) of Finland, Simone Kuhn/Lea Schwer of Switzerland, Liesbeth Mouha/Liesbet Van Breedam of Belgium and Andrezza "Rtvelo" Martins/Cristine "Saka" Santanna of Georgia.

The top-seeded Salgados (Carolina and Maria Carla) also advanced to the Henkel Grand Chelem Main Draw after winning their second match in two days on the Champs de Mars courts. The Brazilian sisters' 21-18, 19-21 and 15-12 Main Draw qualifying win over Hana Klapalova and Tereza Petrova denied the 17th-seeded Czech Republic pair an opportunity to improve their Beijing point total.

Other teams losing in the qualifier that failed to improve their Olympic point totals were Rebekka Kadijk/Merel Mooren of the Netherlands, Chiaki Kusuhara/Mika Teru Saiki of Japan, Inese Jursone/Inguna Minusa of Latvia, Daniela Gattelli/Lucilla Perrotta of Italy, Dana Cooke/Annie Martin of Canada, Marie-Andree Lessard/Sarah Maxwell of Canada, Heidi Ilustre/Diane Pascua of the Philippines, Eiko Koizumi/Shinako Tanaka of Japan and Ester Alcon/Olga Matveeva of Spain.

Although Kusuhara and Teru Saiki are ranked 21st on the Beijing points list with 1,620 points, the Japanese pair has a 180-point cushion heading into the final three-plus qualifying events for the 2008 Olympics. Kusuhara and Teru Saiki dropped their first match Tuesday to German Country Quota winners Jana Kohler and Ilka Semmler, who advanced to the Main Draw with a three-set win over a team from Sweden.

The fifth double-gender event on the 2008 SWATCH FIVB World Tour calendar, the men's Henkel Grand Chelem Country Quota match was Tuesday with Kay Matysik and Stefan Uhmann of Germany advancing to Wednesday's qualifier in the midst of the women's pool-play schedule.

The men's Henkel Grand Chelem Main Draw starts Thursday as the semi-finals for both genders will be played Saturday to set the schedule for all four medal matches to be played Sunday. The final two teams in each gender will be competing for a share of the $43,500 first-place prizes



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Default Germans seek SWATCH FIVB World Tour 'redemption'

The men's SWATCH FIVB World Tour competition at the US$600,000 Henkel Grand Chelem started here Tuesday with two German teams playing a Country Quota match to set the field for Wednesday's qualifier on the Champs de Mars within walking distance of the Eiffel Tower.

The ninth men's stop on the 2008 SWATCH FIVB World Tour calendar, the fourth annual Henkel Grand Chelem also features women's play where eight Beach Volleyball tandems advanced from Tuesday's Qualification Tournament to Wednesday's opening Main Draw schedule that features pool play.

After placing a disappointing 25th last week at the Berlin Grand Slam in the German capital, Kay Matysik and Stefan Uhmann are hoping to redeem themselves this week after posting a 13th and ninth in their first two SWATCH FIVB World Tour events this season in the Czech Republic and Poland.

Winners of three European tour events this season in Austria, Switzerland and the Netherlands, the "redemption road" started for Matysik and Uhmann on Tuesday afternoon with a 24-22 and 21-18 Country Quota win over Florian Huth and Kjell Schneider in 45 minutes. Matysik and Uhmann will be playing in their fifth SWATCH qualifier Wednesday and have been successful in advancing to a FIVB Main Draw in each of their previous four attempts.

"It was very disappointing last week in Berlin," said the 25-year-old Matysik. "We had been playing very well together on both the FIVB and European tours. We were flat and could not play with the same energy we had in the previous events this season. Without the pressure of playing in front of family and friends, we hope to redeem ourselves this week. It will be tough as the qualifiers are single-elimination with no room for error."

With host France already having three teams in the men's Main Draw for the Henkel Grand Chelem, Wednesday qualifier will feature several former Beach Volleyball Olympians. Headlining the field are bronze-medal winners Mark Heese (1996) of Canada and Patrick Heuscher (2004) of Switzerland. Heese is playing with Ahren Cadieux after competing in the previous three Olympics with John Child.

After Heuscher and Stefan Kobel placed on the Athens 2004 Olympic podium, the Swiss pair won the inaugural Henkel Grand Chelem in 2005 by defeating Americans Jake Gibb and Stein Metzger in the finale. Heuscher is currently playing with Sascha Heyer as the Swiss pair is 12th on the qualifying list for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games while Heese and Cadieux are ranked 22nd.

With no teams in the qualifier, France's Main Draw entries are the Ces brothers (Andy and Kevin), Fabien Dugrip/Gregory Gagliano and Guilherm Deulofeu/Yannick Salvetti. Led by Dugrip and Gagliano (774 points), all three teams are ranked among the top 33 pairs on the SWATCH FIVB World Tour point's list.

The men's Henkel Grand Chelem "money" rounds begin Thursday as the semi-finals for both genders being played Saturday with the medal matches Sunday. Each gold-medal team will share the $43,500 first-place prizes for the second of six SWATCH FIVB World Tour Grand Slam events in 2008.



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Default Dutch women utilize SWATCH FIVB World Tour 'Lucky Loser' berth

Rebekka Kadijk and Merel Mooren got a second chance at this week's US$600,000 Henkel Grand Chelem and took advantage of a "Lucky Loser" berth in the SWATCH FIVB World Tour event here Wednesday to post two opening pool-play wins.

The Dutch women, who dropped their final qualifying match Tuesday afternoon to Cristine "Saka" Santanna and Andrezza "Rtvelo" Martins of Georgia, won a "Lucky Loser" draw with a team from Canada to advance as the 31st-seeded team in the fourth annual Henkel Grand Chelem women's Main Draw.

Playing three-time SWATCH FIVB World Tour points' champions Juliana Felisberta Silva and Larissa Franca, Kadijk and Mooren were awarded a victory with the second-seeded Brazilians leading 18-15 in the second set after the Dutch pair won the opening set 21-16. The match was stopped due to a right knee injury for Juliana as she competed at the net against Kadijk.

In Kadijk and Mooren's second match Wednesday, the Dutch posted a 21-13 and 21-16 win in 30 minutes over 15th-seeded Stephanie Pohl and Okka Rau of Germany to assume leadership in Pool B. The Germans are tied for second in their pool with the 18th-seeded Schwaiger sisters (Doris and Stefanie) of Austria as Juliana was not able to play her second match Wednesday.

Kadijk, who turned 29 Monday, is a two-time Olympian as she and Mooren are trying to secure a Beijng 2008 Summer Games berth before the end of the qualifying process next month in Marseille, France. The Dutch started the week with 1,840 Beijing points and added another 40 points with their two wins Wednesday.

Being played on the Champs de Mars within walking distance of the Eiffel Tower, Kadijk and Mooren benefited from a late withdrawal due to a back injury for Germany’s Rieke Abeler-Brink, who was scheduled to play this week with Hella Jurich. During the "Lucky Loser" draw, the Dutch pair's name was picked over Canadians Dana Cooke and Annie Martin.

If Kadijk and Mooren secure one more win in either pool play or in the single-elimination round Thursday, the Dutch will post a guaranteed ninth for the Henkel Grand Chelem along with adding 160 more points to their Olympic qualifying total as a team's best eight SWATCH FIVB World Tour since May 2007 are used to tabulate a tandem's Beijing total.

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Default Press releases Olympians claim SWATCH FIVB World Tour men's Main Draw berths

With seven players and three teams with previous Olympic Beach Volleyball experience competing here Wednesday in the men's SWATCH FIVB World Tour qualifier at the US$600,000 Henkel Grand Chelem, only four of the 13 competitors with Summer Games' experience advanced to the Main Draw.

Being played on six sand courts at the Champs de Mars within walking distance of the Eiffel Tower, a total of eight tandems earned spots in Thursday's opening "money" rounds for the fourth Henkel Grand Chelem. The event also features women's play where 32 of 48 pool play matches were played Wednesday.

Of the three teams with previous Olympic experience from Argentina, Norway and Portugal, none advanced from the Henkel Grand Chelem qualifier, including Joao Brenha and Miguel Maia. The Portuguese pair, who placed fourth in the 1996 and 2000 Summer Games before finishing ninth in 2004, was eliminated in a two-set first-round match by 21st-seeded Yaroslav Koshkarev and Serguei Prokopiev of Russia.

The Russians also won their second match to advance to the Henkel Grand Chelem along with second-seeded Patrick Heuscher/Sascha Heyer of Switzerland, sixth-seeded Jian Li/Shun Zhou of China, seventh-seeded Ahren Cadieux/Mark Heese of Canada, eighth-seeded Martins Plavins/Aleksandrs Samoilovs of Latvia, 13th-seeded Stein Metzger/Mark Williams of United States, 14th-seeded Eugenio Amore/Riccardo Bizzotto of Italy and 17th-seeded Adrian Gavira Collado/Inocencio Lario of Spain

Of the eight qualifying teams, players with Athens 2004 Olympic experience with different partners are Heese, Heuscher, Metzger and Williams. While Heese (1996) and Heuscher (2004) won Olympic bronze medals with John Child and Stefan Kobel, respectively, the Americans are the "odd" couple after competing in Athens for different countries.

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Default Americans sweep Paris gold on SWATCH FIVB World Tour

hil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers made it “official” here Sunday afternoon by capturing the men’s finale at the US$600,000 Henkel Grand Chelem on the Champs de Mars centre court to give the United States both SWATCH FIVB World Tour Beach Volleyball gold medals in the French capital this week.

After Dalhausser and Rogers’ claimed their third international gold medal together, compatriots Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh captured the women’s title in the All-American finale with a 21-13 and 21-13 win in 36 minutes over Tyra Turner and Rachel Wacholder with Nicole Branagh and Elaine Youngs giving the United States a 1-2-3 sweep by capturing the bronze medal.

For the SWATCH most outstanding player awards, Rogers joined May-Treanor as the top competitors for the Henkel Grand Chelem that was held in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower. Sunday’s winners were also part of the last American team to share an international Beach Volleyball podium as Dalhausser/Rogers and May-Treanor/Walsh captured the SWATCH-FIVB World Championships last July in Switzerland.

With a 21-15 and 21-17 win in 47 minutes over fourth-seeded Reinder Nummerdor and Richard Schuil of the Netherlands, the third-seeded Dalhausser and Rogers captured their first SWATCH FIVB World Tour this season after finishing third, third and second in their previous three international starts.

“I was not feeling my best today,” said Dalhausser, who is known as the “Thin Beast” due to his slight build (206 cm/6’9”, 89 kg/196lb). “Todd really picked me up today and played a very good match against a very strong team. I think playing three tough matches yesterday did not help me, but we made it.”

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Default Press releases USA's May-Treanor & Walsh continue SWATCH FIVB World Tour winning w

It was like two different Beach Volleyball tournaments at one SWATCH FIVB World Tour stop this weekend for reigning Olympic champions Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh in capturing their third Henkel Grand Chelem gold medal in four years here Sunday on the Champs de Mars.

With a 21-13 and 21-13 win in 36 minutes over 11th-seeded Tyra Turner and Rachel Wacholder, May-Treanor and Walsh started the US$600,000 Henkel Grand Chelem competition by defeating teams from France, Cuba, Germany and Austria before finishing the with three-straight victories over American rivals to share the $43,500 first-place prize.

“Yes, it was like playing in two different events,” said the 30-year old May-Treanor, who was named the SWATCH most outstanding player for the Henkel Grand Chelem. “We do not like playing teams from our country since each one is competing for a spot in the Olympics. That is the way it is, so we have to play the match.”

Before competing in their 42nd SWATCH gold medal match, May-Treanor and Walsh posted wins Saturday over seventh-seeded compatriots Jen Boss and April Ross (21-16 and 21-18) in the quarter-finals followed by a 21-18 and 21-18 triumph in 43 minutes over fourth-seeded Nicole Branagh and Elaine Youngs in the semi-finals.

Sunday’s SWATCH title was May-Treanor and Walsh’s 33rd gold medal finish in 57 FIVB events since the start of the 2001 season. The Americans had broken the record for most SWATCH wins by a team last week in Berlin with Brazilians Emanuel Rego and Ricardo Santos tying the mark the next day in the German capital. This week, Emanuel and Ricardo placed ninth in the men’s competition.

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