FIVB Women's Beach - Espinho, Portugal Open
29 Jul. - 02 Aug. 1998

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SCHEDULE

      29.July - 30.July
                 Qualification Tournament
    
      31.July - 2.August
                 Main Draw (40 matches) / Departure of players not qualified for
                 the Main Draw
    

PRESS RELEASES

AUGUST 3
    US Hanley-Fontana: first non-Brazilian win

    Lausanne, August 3 - The US pair Hanley-Fontana upset FIVB World ranking Brazilian leaders Sandra Pires-Adriana Samuel 12-11, 5-12, 11-13, to win the US$ 170,00 Portugal Open in Espinho, 5th stage of the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour. This was the first time that the American pair reached the podium this year and also the first time that a Brazilian team has not won a 1998 World Tour event.

    The match for the third place was also an USA-Brazil confrontation. The US team Reno-Young finally won the Bronze medal by defeating the Brazilians Jackie Silva-Monica, Number 3 in the World Ranking, by 17-15. The match was very even and lasted 48 minutes. The team from USA managed to gain a comfortable advantage in the score up to 8-1, but rapidly the Brazilians got closer. After a tremendous effort by Monica and Jackie, who actually turned the score advantageous to them 15-14, the team paid the price of that effort and lost the match in the end.

    Unfortunately, Jackie Silva, Olympic Gold Medallist, was injured during the competition and had to give up participating to the next World Tour event, next weekend's Japan Open. Monica already announced that she would play with Adriana Bento in Osaka. The first semi-final was an all-Brazilian affair with Sandra Pires-Adriana Samuel beating Monica Jackie Silva in a well-balanced match, whereas the second one was an all-American fight where Hanley-Fontana clearly defeated Reno-Youngs. Thanks to their second place in this Open, Sandra Pires-Adriana Samuel take the lead from compatriots Adriana Behar-Shelda in the new FIVB World Ranking.

    Results
    
    Semi-finals:
    Sandra Pires-Adriana Samuel BRA vs. Monica-Jackie Silva BRA 16-14 53'
    Hanley-Fontana USA vs. Reno-Youngs USA 15-2 20'
    
    Final 3 -4 :
    Reno-Youngs USA vs. Monica-Jackie Silva BRA 17-15 48'
    
    Final 1 -2 :
    Hanley-Fontana USA vs. Sandra Pires-Adriana Samuel BRA 12-11, 5-12, 11-13 89'
    
    Next Women's World Tour Event: Japan Open, in Osaka, Aug. 7-9, 98.
AUGUST 2
    The team of USA Hanley/Fontana won the Women’s Portugal Open of the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour. On the final the Americans won the Brazilian team Sandra Pires / Adriana Samuel for 2-1 with the following partials (12-11, 05-12 and 13-11) in 1 hour and 29 minutes.

    In the first set the Americans were always in advantage till the 11-7. Then after a fantastic recuperation the Brazilian team turned the scorer and won by 12-11. On the second set the Americans won again for 12-5. In the decisive set the balance came back but Hanley and Fontana were able to won by 13-11.

    The public filled completely the seats of the wonderful Stadium built in Praia da Baía, Espinho. Along with cheers and chants, the public supported the two teams with slogans and great enthusiasm.

    The third place was to the team of America Reno/Youngs who defeated the Brazilians Monica/Jackie by 17-15. The match was extremely even and lasted for 48 minutes. The team of the USA managed to gain a confortable advantage in the score up to 8-1, but soon the Brazilians got closer. However and after a tremendous effort by the Brasilians Monica and Jackie, who actually turned the score advantageous to them 15-14, the team payed the price of that effort and lost the match in the end. In the decisive match the team Reno/Youngs were superior and managed to get the necessary two points to win.

    In the first semi-final of the day the Brazilians Sandra Pires/Adriana Samuel defeated the other Brazilian Monica/Jackie Silva by 16-14: the match lasted for 53 minutes and was greatly even.

    In the other semi-final, played by two teams of USA, the team Hanley/Fontana clearly defeated Reno/Youngs by 15-2 in 20 minutes.

AUGUST 1

    The two teams qualified for the Women’s Portugal Open semi-finals, which is being held in Espinho, are the teams from Brazil Sandra Pires/Adriana Samuel and Monica/Jachie Silva and the teams from the United States of America Hanley/Fontana and Reno/Youngs.

    The wind was strong in Praia da Baía and the temperature was around 20 degrees but it was no obstacle for the matches that were sensationaly played. The matches were spectaculary played during the whole day, which contributed to the large number of people present in the Beach Stadium: 4,000 spectators.

    The Japanese team Ishizaka/Rii Saiki, presently 36th in the World Ranking managed to qualify in the 7th position after being defeated by the Germans Schmidt/Staub 15-12. After this victory the German team lost to the North-Americans Reno/Youngs in a decisive match for the semi-finals.

    Another match worth of highlight was the one opposing Cook/Fenwick (AUS) and Monica/Jackie (BRA). After highly balanced moments, the Brasilians won some advantage in the score in the final part of the match, winning by 15-10.

    Tomorrow the first semi-final will start at 9:30am opposing two teams from Brazil: Sandra Pires/Adriana Samuel and Monica/Jackie Silva.

    The other semi-final between Hanley/Fontana (USA) and Reno Youngs (USA) will start immediately after.

    The match for the 3rd and 4th places is scheduled for 3:00pm and the Final for 4:45pm and will be broadcasted live in the national channel RTP2.


FINAL RESULTS

Espinho, Portugal Open, 31 Jul.-02 August 1998

Rk. Players Country Points Prize (US$) Bonus (US$)
1 Hanley-Fontana USA USA 340 16.000,00 16.000,00
2 Sandra Pires-Adriana Samuel BRA BRA 306 10.400,00 12.600,00
3 Reno-Youngs USA USA 272 6.400,00 8.600,00
4 Monica-Jackie Silva BRA BRA 238 4.800,00 7.200,00
5 Cook-Fenwick AUS AUS 204 3.600,00 5.400,00
Schmidt-Staub GER GER 204 3.600,00 5.400,00
7 Huygens Tholen-Straton AUS AUS 170 2.400,00 3.600,00
Ishizaka-Rii Seike JPN JPN 170 2.400,00 3.600,00
9 Adriana Bento-Ana Richa BRA BRA 136 2.000,00 2.500,00
Karadassiou-Sfyri GRE GRE 136 2.000,00 2.500,00
Takahashi-Teru Saiki JPN JPN 136 2.000,00 2.500,00
Schoon Kadijk D.-Kadijk R. NED NED 136 2.000,00 2.500,00
13 Gooley-Sanderson AUS AUS 102 1.600,00 1.600,00
Hudcova-Tobiasova CZE CZE 102 1.600,00 1.600,00
Jenny Jordan-Annett Davis USA USA 102 1.600,00 1.600,00
Wood-Blomquist USA USA 102 1.600,00 1.600,00
17 Broen Ouellette-Lussier CAN CAN 68 1.200,00 800,00
Joergensen-Sommer DEN DEN 68 1.200,00 800,00
Glover-Cooper ENG ENG 68 1.200,00 800,00
Rigaux-Prawerman FRA FRA 68 1.200,00 800,00
Gattelli-Perrotta ITA ITA 68 1.200,00 800,00
Nascimento-De Marinis ITA ITA 68 1.200,00 800,00
Maria José-Cristina Pereira POR POR 68 1.200,00 800,00
Schuster-Mason USA USA 68 1.200,00 800,00
25 Barry-Goodfellow CAN CAN 34 800,00 600,00
Zhou Suhong-Tian Jia CHN CHN 34 800,00 600,00
Ritschelova-Stepancikova CZE CZE 34 800,00 600,00
Alonso-Zalubovska ESP ESP 34 800,00 600,00
Mayra-Laura A. MEX MEX 34 800,00 600,00
Stojanovic-Fake NZL NZL 34 800,00 600,00
Duarte-Sol POR POR 34 800,00 600,00
Freches-Rita Fernandes POR POR 34 800,00 600,00

Espinho, Portugal Open, 31 Jul.-02 August 1998

No. Date Team A Team B Result Time
Round 1
1 31 Jul Sandra Pires-Adriana Samuel BRA Alonso-Zalubovska ESP 15-0 0:17
2 31 Jul Hudcova-Tobiasova CZE Nascimento-De Marinis ITA 15-8 0:26
3 31 Jul Schmidt-Staub GER Mayra-Laura A. MEX 15-12 0:40
4 31 Jul Broen Ouellette-Lussier CAN Cook-Fenwick AUS 7-15 0:35
5 31 Jul Reno-Youngs USA Jenny Jordan-Annett Davis USA 15-11 0:50
6 31 Jul Karadassiou-Sfyri GRE Freches-Rita Fernandes POR 15-4 0:15
7 31 Jul Schoon Kadijk D.-Kadijk R. NED Joergensen-Sommer DEN 15-7 0:30
8 31 Jul Ritschelova-Stepancikova CZE Gooley-Sanderson AUS 10-15 0:43
9 31 Jul Hanley-Fontana USA Duarte-Sol POR 15-6 0:26
10 31 Jul Rigaux-Prawerman FRA Takahashi-Teru Saiki JPN 1-15 0:20
11 31 Jul Adriana Bento-Ana Richa BRA Stojanovic-Fake NZL 15-5 0:24
12 31 Jul Glover-Cooper ENG Gattelli-Perrotta ITA 13-15 0:42
13 31 Jul Wood-Blomquist USA Barry-Goodfellow CAN 15-1 0:27
14 31 Jul Ishizaka-Rii Seike JPN Maria José-Cristina Pereira POR 15-11 0:57
15 31 Jul Huygens Tholen-Straton AUS Schuster-Mason USA 16-14 0:43
16 31 Jul Zhou Suhong-Tian Jia CHN Monica-Jackie Silva BRA 6-15 0:33
Round 2
17 31 Jul Sandra Pires-Adriana Samuel BRA Hudcova-Tobiasova CZE 15-1 0:25
18 31 Jul Schmidt-Staub GER Cook-Fenwick AUS 1-15 0:21
19 31 Jul Reno-Youngs USA Karadassiou-Sfyri GRE 15-4 0:35
20 31 Jul Schoon Kadijk D.-Kadijk R. NED Gooley-Sanderson AUS 15-11 0:35
21 31 Jul Hanley-Fontana USA Takahashi-Teru Saiki JPN 15-7 0:31
22 31 Jul Adriana Bento-Ana Richa BRA Gattelli-Perrotta ITA 15-10 0:35
23 31 Jul Wood-Blomquist USA Ishizaka-Rii Seike JPN 13-15 0:43
24 31 Jul Huygens Tholen-Straton AUS Monica-Jackie Silva BRA 13-15 0:35
Loser are ranked 25th
25 31 Jul Alonso-Zalubovska ESP Nascimento-De Marinis ITA 6-15 0:20
26 31 Jul Mayra-Laura A. MEX Broen Ouellette-Lussier CAN 12-15 0:34
27 31 Jul Jenny Jordan-Annett Davis USA Freches-Rita Fernandes POR 15-4 0:32
28 31 Jul Joergensen-Sommer DEN Ritschelova-Stepancikova CZE 15-7 0:20
29 31 Jul Duarte-Sol POR Rigaux-Prawerman FRA 13-15 0:36
30 31 Jul Stojanovic-Fake NZL Glover-Cooper ENG 12-15 0:30
31 31 Jul Barry-Goodfellow CAN Maria José-Cristina Pereira POR 2-15 0:20
32 31 Jul Schuster-Mason USA Zhou Suhong-Tian Jia CHN 15-1 0:17
Loser are ranked 17th
33 31 Jul Nascimento-De Marinis ITA Huygens Tholen-Straton AUS 5-15 0:20
34 31 Jul Broen Ouellette-Lussier CAN Wood-Blomquist USA 12-15 0:33
35 31 Jul Jenny Jordan-Annett Davis USA Gattelli-Perrotta ITA 15-10 0:37
36 31 Jul Joergensen-Sommer DEN Takahashi-Teru Saiki JPN 6-15 0:30
37 31 Jul Rigaux-Prawerman FRA Gooley-Sanderson AUS 10-15 0:36
38 31 Jul Glover-Cooper ENG Karadassiou-Sfyri GRE 14-16 0:42
39 31 Jul Maria José-Cristina Pereira POR Schmidt-Staub GER 4-15 0:29
40 31 Jul Schuster-Mason USA Hudcova-Tobiasova CZE 3-15 0:20
Round 3
41 01 Aug Sandra Pires-Adriana Samuel BRA Cook-Fenwick AUS 15-5 0:42
42 01 Aug Reno-Youngs USA Schoon Kadijk D.-Kadijk R. NED 15-1 0:24
43 01 Aug Hanley-Fontana USA Adriana Bento-Ana Richa BRA 15-7 0:30
44 01 Aug Ishizaka-Rii Seike JPN Monica-Jackie Silva BRA 4-15 0:23
Loser are ranked 13th
45 01 Aug Huygens Tholen-Straton AUS Wood-Blomquist USA 15-7 0:35
46 01 Aug Jenny Jordan-Annett Davis USA Takahashi-Teru Saiki JPN 10-15 0:27
47 01 Aug Gooley-Sanderson AUS Karadassiou-Sfyri GRE 10-15 0:26
48 01 Aug Schmidt-Staub GER Hudcova-Tobiasova CZE 15-3 0:20
Loser are ranked 9th
49 01 Aug Huygens Tholen-Straton AUS Schoon Kadijk D.-Kadijk R. NED 15-10 0:35
50 01 Aug Takahashi-Teru Saiki JPN Cook-Fenwick AUS 1-15 0:25
51 01 Aug Karadassiou-Sfyri GRE Ishizaka-Rii Seike JPN 9-15 0:36
52 01 Aug Schmidt-Staub GER Adriana Bento-Ana Richa BRA 15-8 0:32
Round 4
53 01 Aug Sandra Pires-Adriana Samuel BRA Reno-Youngs USA 15-3 0:29
54 01 Aug Hanley-Fontana USA Monica-Jackie Silva BRA 15-10 0:38
Loser are ranked 7th
55 01 Aug Huygens Tholen-Straton AUS Cook-Fenwick AUS 4-15 0:26
56 01 Aug Ishizaka-Rii Seike JPN Schmidt-Staub GER 12-15 0:30
Loser are ranked 5th
57 01 Aug Cook-Fenwick AUS Monica-Jackie Silva BRA 11-15 0:36
58 01 Aug Schmidt-Staub GER Reno-Youngs USA 10-15 0:33
Semi-finals
59 02 Aug Sandra Pires-Adriana Samuel BRA Monica-Jackie Silva BRA 16-14 0:53
60 02 Aug Hanley-Fontana USA Reno-Youngs USA 15-2 0:20
Final 3rd Place
61 02 Aug Monica-Jackie Silva BRA Reno-Youngs USA 15-17 0:48
Final 1st Place
62 02 Aug Sandra Pires-Adriana Samuel BRA Hanley-Fontana USA 1-2 (12-11, 5-12, 11-13) 1:29

Espinho, Portugal Open, 31 Jul.-02 August 1998

The Participating Teams

Main Draw (31 Jul.-02 August )

Pos. Team name Ctry. Points Seed
  Cook-Fenwick AUS 994  
  Huygens Tholen-Straton AUS 476  
  Gooley-Sanderson AUS 274  
  Sandra Pires-Adriana Samuel BRA 1,931  
  Monica-Jackie Silva BRA 1,795  
  Adriana Bento-Ana Richa BRA 736  
  Broen Ouellette-Lussier CAN 125  
  Barry-Goodfellow CAN 159  
  Schmidt-Staub GER 222  
  Hudcova-Tobiasova CZE 550  
  Joergensen-Sommer DEN 298  
  Rigaux-Prawerman FRA 161  
  Nascimento-De Marinis ITA 542  
  Gattelli-Perrotta ITA 590  
  Ishizaka-Rii Seike JPN 317  
  Takahashi-Teru Saiki JPN 568  
  Mayra-Laura A. MEX 254  
  Schoon Kadijk D.-Kadijk R. NED 650  
  Maria José-Cristina Pereira POR 478  
  Hanley-Fontana USA 1,042  
  Reno-Youngs USA 974  
  Wood-Blomquist USA 315  
  Duarte-Sol POR 14  
  Beta-Rita Fernandes POR 48  

Plus eight teams qualifying through the QT
Notes: - points are as per standings in the World Ranking on entry date - exact seed of each team will be communicated in theTechnical Meeting

Qualification Tournament ( )

Pos. Team name Ctry. Points Seed
  Lorena-Claudia BRA    
  Basagic-Meissinger AUT    
  Kalaydjieva-Stainova BUL    
  Yanchulova L.-Yanchulova P. BUL 37  
  Gougeon-Gerochristodoulou CAN 120  
  Xiong-Chi CHN 96  
  Zhang Jingkun-Liu Chun Ying CHN 24  
  Zhou Suhong-Tian Jia CHN    
  Ferrer-Blanco CUB    
  Larrea Peraza-Quevedo CUB 34  
  Horackova A.-Horackova Z. CZE 21  
  Moudra-Foltynova CZE 7  
  Ritschelova-Stepancikova CZE    
  Svarcova-Urbanova CZE 7  
  Toson-Youssef EGY    
  Glover-Cooper ENG 107  
  Gomez-Alcon ESP    
  Alonso-Zalubovska ESP    
  Tari-Salinas FRA 59  
  Gros-Lefort FRA 85  
  Gally-Picard FRA 8  
  Pohl-Stoof GER    
  Karadassiou-Sfyri GRE 88  
  Fink-Oigman ISR    
  Marini-Folco ITA 72  
  Gizzi-Aondio ITA 5  
  Grimaldi-Minunni ITA    
  Gavio-Sesti ITA    
  Tokuno-Kusuhara JPN 54  
  Laura Leticia-Trevino MEX 95  
  Byberg-Larsen NOR 70  
  Stojanovic-Fake NZL 114  
    POR    
  Quinones-Esparza PUR 4  
  Chiaradia-Fontana SUI 62  
  Benoît-Schlaefli SUI 55  
  Egger Bossi-Gerson SUI 80  
  Enberg-Granström SWE 34  
  Rock-Chisholm USA 320  
  Jenny Jordan-Annett Davis USA 40  
    POR    
    POR    
    POR    
    POR    
    POR    
    POR    
    POR    
  Schuster-Mason USA 36  
  Stovickova-Felbabova CZE    

Notes:
- points are as per standings in the World Ranking on entry date
- exact seed of each team will be communicated in the Technical Meeting




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