FIVB Women's Beach - Salvador, Brazil
29 October-01 November 1998

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Salvador, Brazil Open, 29 Oct.- 01 November 1998

EVENT SCHEDULE

    Qualifications: 27-28 Oct
         Main Draw: 29 Oct.- 01 Nov.
    

FINAL RANKING

Rk. Players Country Points Prize (US$) Bonus (US$)
1 Adriana Behar-Shelda BRA BRA 340 16,000.00 16,000.00
2 Hanley-Fontana USA USA 306 10,400.00 12,600.00
3 Sandra Pires-Adriana Samuel BRA BRA 272 6,400.00 8,600.00
4 Manser-Pottharst AUS AUS 238 4,800.00 7,200.00
5 Cook-Clarke AUS AUS 204 3,600.00 5,400.00
Masakayan-Youngs USA USA 204 3,600.00 5,400.00
7 Schoon Kadijk D.-Kadijk R. NED NED 170 2,400.00 3,600.00
McPeak-Arce USA USA 170 2,400.00 3,600.00
9 Huygens Tholen-Straton AUS AUS 136 2,000.00 2,500.00
Bruschini-Solazzi ITA ITA 136 2,000.00 2,500.00
Takahashi-Teru Saiki JPN JPN 136 2,000.00 2,500.00
Jenny Jordan-Annett Davis USA USA 136 2,000.00 2,500.00
13 Jackie Silva-Adriana Bento BRA BRA 102 1,600.00 1,600.00
Zhang Jingkun-Liu Chun Ying CHN CHN 102 1,600.00 1,600.00
Friedrichsen-Müsch GER GER 102 1,600.00 1,600.00
Schmidt-Staub GER GER 102 1,600.00 1,600.00
17 Gooley-Sanderson AUS AUS 68 1,200.00 800.00
Claudia-Leninha BRA BRA 68 1,200.00 800.00
Magda-Gerusa BRA BRA 68 1,200.00 800.00
Monica-Monica Paludo BRA BRA 68 1,200.00 800.00
Dumont-Tough CAN CAN 68 1,200.00 800.00
Xiong-Chi CHN CHN 68 1,200.00 800.00
Gattelli-Perrotta ITA ITA 68 1,200.00 800.00
Maria José-Cristina Pereira POR POR 68 1,200.00 800.00
25 Drakich-Russo CAN CAN 34 800.00 600.00
Joergensen-Sommer DEN DEN 34 800.00 600.00
Karadassiou-Sfyri GRE GRE 34 800.00 600.00
Gavio-Nascimento ITA ITA 34 800.00 600.00
Ishizaka-Rii Seike JPN JPN 34 800.00 600.00
Tokuno-Kusuhara JPN JPN 34 800.00 600.00
W.Stammer-Reece USA USA 34 800.00 600.00
Wood-Blomquist USA USA 34 800.00 600.00

RESULTS

QUALIFICATIONS RESULTS

No. Date Team A Team B Result Time
Round 1
1   Monica-Monica Paludo BRA Bye    
2 27 Oct Nessa-Minello BRA Tokuno-Kusuhara JPN 15-9 0:44
3 27 Oct Magda-Gerusa BRA Jana-Evangelista ARG 15-1 0:22
4   Bye Zhang Jingkun-Liu Chun Ying CHN    
5   Ana Richa-Sandra Mathias BRA Bye    
6 27 Oct Claudia-Leninha BRA Byberg-Larsen NOR 15-9 0:24
7 27 Oct Xiong-Chi CHN Schuster-Meredith USA 4-15 0:36
8   Bye Rigaux-Prawerman FRA    
9   Drakich-Russo CAN Bye    
10 27 Oct Trevino-Del Carmen Rangel MEX Zhou Suhong-Tian Jia CHN 2-15 0:25
11 27 Oct Enberg-Granström SWE Faiza-Samira BRA 9-15 0:33
12   Bye Jenny Jordan-Annett Davis USA    
13   Mayra-Laura A. MEX Bye    
14 27 Oct Fabiola-Jessica BOL Ivanise-Rejane BRA 8-15 0:33
15 27 Oct Marini-Folco ITA Parsons-Gougeon CAN 3-15 0:23
16   Bye Huygens Tholen-Straton AUS    
Round 2
17 27 Oct Mônica-Mônica Paludo BRA Nessa-Minello BRA 15-12 0:49
18 27 Oct Magda-Gerusa BRA Zhang Jingkun-Liu Chun Ying CHN 4-15 0:28
19 27 Oct Ana Richa-Sandra Mathias BRA Claudia-Leninha BRA 10-15 0:30
20 27 Oct Schuster-Meredith USA Rigaux-Prawerman FRA 13-15 0:40
21 27 Oct Drakich-Russo CAN Zhou Suhong-Tian Jia CHN 15-8 0:45
22 27 Oct Faiza-Samira BRA Jenny Jordan-Annett Davis USA 1-15 0:19
23 27 Oct Mayra-Laura A. MEX Ivanise-Rejane BRA 10-15 0:28
24 27 Oct Parsons-Gougeon CAN Huygens Tholen-Straton AUS 3-15 0:20
Loser are ranked 49th
25   Bye Tokuno-Kusuhara JPN    
26   Jana-Evangelista ARG Bye    
27   Bye Byberg-Larsen NOR    
28   Xiong-Chi CHN Bye    
29   Bye Trevino-Del Carmen Rangel MEX    
30   Enberg-Granström SWE Bye    
31   Bye Fabiola-Jessica BOL    
32   Marini-Folco ITA Bye    
Loser are ranked 41th
33 27 Oct Tokuno-Kusuhara JPN Parsons-Gougeon CAN 15-11 0:45
34 27 Oct Jana-Evangelista ARG Mayra-Laura A. MEX 0-15 0:16
35 27 Oct Byberg-Larsen NOR Faiza-Samira BRA 15-4 0:17
36 27 Oct Xiong-Chi CHN Zhou Suhong-Tian Jia CHN 15-10 0:34
37 27 Oct Trevino-Del Carmen Rangel MEX Schuster-Meredith USA 0-15 0:16
38 27 Oct Enberg-Granström SWE Ana Richa-Sandra Mathias BRA 15-12 0:40
39 27 Oct Fabiola-Jessica BOL Magda-Gerusa BRA 3-15 0:22
40 27 Oct Marini-Folco ITA Nessa-Minello BRA 3-15 0:29
Round 3
41 27 Oct Mônica-Mônica Paludo BRA Zhang Jingkun-Liu Chun Ying CHN 15-11 0:35
42 27 Oct Claudia-Leninha BRA Rigaux-Prawerman FRA 15-10 0:29
43 27 Oct Drakich-Russo CAN Jenny Jordan-Annett Davis USA 2-15 0:17
44 27 Oct Ivanise-Rejane BRA Huygens Tholen-Straton AUS 10-15 0:45
Loser are ranked 37th
45 27 Oct Tokuno-Kusuhara JPN Mayra-Laura A. MEX 15-12 0:47
46 27 Oct Byberg-Larsen NOR Xiong-Chi CHN 11-15 0:34
47 27 Oct Schuster-Meredith USA Enberg-Granström SWE 15-5 0:31
48 27 Oct Magda-Gerusa BRA Nessa-Minello BRA 15-13 0:44
Loser are ranked 33th
49 27 Oct Tokuno-Kusuhara JPN Rigaux-Prawerman FRA 15-10 0:35
50 27 Oct Xiong-Chi CHN Zhang Jingkun-Liu Chun Ying CHN 15-11 0:47
51 27 Oct Schuster-Meredith USA Ivanise-Rejane BRA 10-15 1:12
52 27 Oct Magda-Gerusa BRA Drakich-Russo CAN 15-8 0:34
Playoff
53 28 Oct Rigaux-Prawerman FRA Zhang Jingkun-Liu Chun Ying CHN 9-15 0:33
54 28 Oct Ivanise-Rejane BRA Magda-Gerusa BRA 5-15 0:27
55 28 Oct Drakich-Russo CAN Zhang Jingkun-Liu Chun Ying CHN 8-15 0:38

MAIN DRAW RESULTS

No. Date Team A Team B Result Time
Round 1
1 29 Oct Adriana Behar-Shelda BRA W.Stammer-Reece USA 15-6 0:20
2 29 Oct Magda-Gerusa BRA Jenny Jordan-Annett Davis USA 1-15 0:27
3 29 Oct Jackie Silva-Adriana Bento BRA Xiong-Chi CHN 15-9 0:42
4 29 Oct Ishizaka-Rii Seike JPN Bruschini-Solazzi ITA 5-15 0:29
5 29 Oct Manser-Pottharst AUS Gavio-Nascimento ITA 15-1 0:16
6 29 Oct Mônica-Mônica Paludo BRA Gooley-Sanderson AUS 15-7 0:32
7 29 Oct Takahashi-Teru Saiki JPN Dumont-Tough CAN 15-11 0:39
8 29 Oct Drakich-Russo CAN McPeak-Arce USA 4-15 0:22
9 29 Oct Hanley-Fontana USA Tokuno-Kusuhara JPN 15-7 0:34
10 29 Oct Gattelli-Perrotta ITA Schoon Kadijk D.-Kadijk R. NED 7-15 0:34
11 29 Oct Cook-Clarke AUS Karadassiou-Sfyri GRE 15-2 0:23
12 29 Oct Zhang Jingkun-Liu Chun Ying CHN Friedrichsen-Müsch GER 5-15 0:23
13 29 Oct Masakayan-Youngs USA Maria José-Cristina Pereira POR 15-5 0:35
14 29 Oct Joergensen-Sommer DEN Schmidt-Staub GER 4-15 0:20
15 29 Oct Wood-Blomquist USA Huygens Tholen-Straton AUS 9-15 0:37
16 29 Oct Claudia-Leninha BRA Sandra Pires-Adriana Samuel BRA 8-15 0:37
Round 2
17 29 Oct Adriana Behar-Shelda BRA Jenny Jordan-Annett Davis USA 15-6 0:38
18 29 Oct Jackie Silva-Adriana Bento BRA Bruschini-Solazzi ITA 10-15 0:46
19 29 Oct Manser-Pottharst AUS Mônica-Mônica Paludo BRA 15-10 0:33
20 29 Oct Takahashi-Teru Saiki JPN McPeak-Arce USA 16-14 0:41
21 29 Oct Hanley-Fontana USA Schoon Kadijk D.-Kadijk R. NED 15-12 0:39
22 29 Oct Cook-Clarke AUS Friedrichsen-Müsch GER 15-12 0:39
23 29 Oct Masakayan-Youngs USA Schmidt-Staub GER 15-8 0:35
24 29 Oct Huygens Tholen-Straton AUS Sandra Pires-Adriana Samuel BRA 15-12 0:45
Loser are ranked 25th
25 29 Oct W.Stammer-Reece USA Magda-Gerusa BRA 7-15 0:22
26 29 Oct Xiong-Chi CHN Ishizaka-Rii Seike JPN 16-14 0:39
27 29 Oct Gavio-Nascimento ITA Gooley-Sanderson AUS 12-15 0:36
28 29 Oct Dumont-Tough CAN Drakich-Russo CAN 15-10 0:31
29 29 Oct Tokuno-Kusuhara JPN Gattelli-Perrotta ITA 10-15 0:33
30 29 Oct Karadassiou-Sfyri GRE Zhang Jingkun-Liu Chun Ying CHN 7-15 0:27
31 29 Oct Maria José-Cristina Pereira POR Joergensen-Sommer DEN 15-4 0:23
32 29 Oct Wood-Blomquist USA Claudia-Leninha BRA 5-15 0:37
Loser are ranked 17th
33 29 Oct Magda-Gerusa BRA Sandra Pires-Adriana Samuel BRA 11-15 0:44
34 29 Oct Xiong-Chi CHN Schmidt-Staub GER 13-15 0:39
35 29 Oct Gooley-Sanderson AUS Friedrichsen-Müsch GER 4-15 0:19
36 29 Oct Dumont-Tough CAN Schoon Kadijk D.-Kadijk R. NED 5-15 0:19
37 29 Oct Gattelli-Perrotta ITA McPeak-Arce USA 10-15 0:40
38 29 Oct Zhang Jingkun-Liu Chun Ying CHN Mônica-Mônica Paludo BRA 15-11 0:45
39 29 Oct Maria José-Cristina Pereira POR Jackie Silva-Adriana Bento BRA 3-15 0:19
40 29 Oct Claudia-Leninha BRA Jenny Jordan-Annett Davis USA 8-15 0:25
Round 3
41 30 Oct Adriana Behar-Shelda BRA Bruschini-Solazzi ITA 15-5 0:39
42 30 Oct Manser-Pottharst AUS Takahashi-Teru Saiki JPN 15-11 0:44
43 30 Oct Hanley-Fontana USA Cook-Clarke AUS 15-10 0:34
44 30 Oct Masakayan-Youngs USA Huygens Tholen-Straton AUS 15-7 0:35
Loser are ranked 13th
45 30 Oct Sandra Pires-Adriana Samuel BRA Schmidt-Staub GER 15-10 0:38
46 30 Oct Friedrichsen-Müsch GER Schoon Kadijk D.-Kadijk R. NED 4-15 0:25
47 30 Oct McPeak-Arce USA Zhang Jingkun-Liu Chun Ying CHN 15-8 0:24
48 30 Oct Jackie Silva-Adriana Bento BRA Jenny Jordan-Annett Davis USA 14-16 0:55
Loser are ranked 9th
49 30 Oct Sandra Pires-Adriana Samuel BRA Takahashi-Teru Saiki JPN 15-12 0:49
50 30 Oct Schoon Kadijk D.-Kadijk R. NED Bruschini-Solazzi ITA 15-6 0:34
51 30 Oct McPeak-Arce USA Huygens Tholen-Straton AUS 15-9 0:29
52 30 Oct Jenny Jordan-Annett Davis USA Cook-Clarke AUS 3-15 0:25
Round 4
53 30 Oct Adriana Behar-Shelda BRA Manser-Pottharst AUS 15-11 0:52
54 30 Oct Hanley-Fontana USA Masakayan-Youngs USA 15-12 0:39
Loser are ranked 7th
55 30 Oct Sandra Pires-Adriana Samuel BRA Schoon Kadijk D.-Kadijk R. NED 15-8 0:34
56 30 Oct McPeak-Arce USA Cook-Clarke AUS 7-15 0:38
Loser are ranked 5th
57 30 Oct Sandra Pires-Adriana Samuel BRA Masakayan-Youngs USA 17-16 0:50
58 30 Oct Cook-Clarke AUS Manser-Pottharst AUS 7-15 0:31
Semi-finals
59 31 Oct Adriana Behar-Shelda BRA Sandra Pires-Adriana Samuel BRA 15-8 0:53
60 31 Oct Hanley-Fontana USA Manser-Pottharst AUS 15-11 0:50
Final 3rd Place
61 01 Nov Sandra Pires-Adriana Samuel BRA Manser-Pottharst AUS 15-4 0:38
Final 1st Place
62 01 Nov Adriana Behar-Shelda BRA Hanley-Fontana USA 2-0 (12-7, 12-9) 1:25

PRESS RELEASES

    Sunday, 1 November

    ADRIANA BEHAR AND SHELDA DEFEAT
    AMERICANS AND WIN THE 6
    TH FIVB BEACH
    VOLLEYBALL WORLD TOUR, IN BAHIA, BRAZIL

    Salvador- The Brazilian fans were enthusiastic as always to see the final match of the 8th and final stage of the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour, in Salvador. They had a lot of reasons to be happy specially after Adriana Behar and Shelda won their 6th FIVB World Tour defeating the North-Americans Fontana and Hanley in two sets. The first set was 12-7 and the second one 12-9 the match was 88 minutes of pure excitement. Third place was the Brazilian team of, Adriana and Sandra, who defeated the Australians Manser and Pottharst 15-4, in 38 minutes.

    This year, Adriana Behar and Shelda were champions of four stages in the FIVB World Tour in Rio de Janeiro, Italy, Japan and China. They also won the Goodwill Games. It was obvious that they would get to the podium, repeating the same place of last year, when they were also the winners.

    In the first match, both teams kept playing hard until the score was 3-2. From then on, the Brazilian team dominated the match showing good digging and service, and it was because of both techniques that they scored three points. Hanley and Fontana tried to react but failed, letting the Brazilian team win by 12-7, in 32 minutes.

    "They slow down a little bit in the second set but they are very good players and were able to change the match. They did a good job, we only wish they had continued to slow down in that match", said Fontana.

    "The match will only be decided on the court and beach volleyball is always a surprise", said Shelda

    But it was just in the second match that the American team were close to the victory. Hanley and Fontana, champions of the stage held in Portugal, scored 7-2 in the beginning of first match. But Adriana Behar made a good block and started to react. The Brazilian team tied the match at 9-9 and won 12-9 in 53 minutes.

     

    Brazil defeats Australia for 3rd Place

    The Brazilians woke up early and enjoyed the match which decided the third place between Brazilians and Australians. The Brazilian fans packed the arena, that has capacity for five thousand people, and vibrate with the match, which started at 8h20.

    The beginning of the match was a really hard dispute between the two teams, that’s why the first point only came after seven minutes. Brazil is the one who made that point taking advantage of an attack mistake from the adversaries. From then on, Adriana and Sandra dominated completely the match using the large number of Manser and Pottharst’s mistakes and wining the match 15-4.

    "The match was terrible. We tried but couldn’t make it. The Brazilian team played really well", said Manser.

    From the four points scored by the Australian team, three were from the Brazilian attack and one point from their service mistake. It was because the service that Adriana scored the last two points and guaranteed one more place on the podium.

    "The teams are getting better and better and getting really hard to defeat. In the past, Brazil was always in one of the five places but now it’s much harder. That’s why I think it’s important to have two Brazilian teams on the podium", said Adriana.

    Saturday, 31 October

    Salvador- Tomorrow Brazil and United States will play the final of the 8th and final stage of the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour, in Bahia Marina, Salvador, Brazil. Adriana Behar/Shelda (BRA) the leaders in the FIVB World ranking and champions of the 1998 World Tour season. They will face Hanley/Fontana (USA), third place in the ranking. The match begins at 9h30 and will be broadcast live from TV Globo. In the match for third place, at 8h20, Adriana/Sandra (BRA) will be playing against Manser/Pottharst (AUS).

    To get to one more final in this World Tour Season, Adriana Behar/Shelda (BRA) defeated Adriana/Sandra (BRA) 15-8. The match had thrilling moments, which made the Brazilian fans vibrate, specially in an exciting rally.

    "We were very tired and Adriana is still recovering from an injury. But she surprised herself in the match. I believe that the final will be very hard for us because Hanley and Fontana have the same kind of game that we have, with a lot of digging and attacking", said Shelda.

    Despite the defeat, Adriana Samuel found good reasons for satisfaction. "It was a great match specially because both teams are the first in the FIVB World ranking. They had a strong service and deserved to win", said Adriana.

    Hanley/Fontana (USA) advanced to the final by defeating Manser/Pottharst (AUS) 15-11. "This will certainly be an excited final. The two teams will play hard to make every point. We know that Brazil is a strong adversary. Now all we have to do is get some rest to face them tomorrow", said Fontana. She also thinks that Brazilian fans are the best, and doesn’t bother with all the noise.

    Friday, 30 October

    Brazil is in the finals in Salvador

    Salvador- Today, Adriana Behar and Shelda got their first place to the Semifinals of the 8th and final stage of the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour, in Salvador. Adriana and Shelda defeated Manser and Pottharst (AUS) 15-11, who occupy the 5th place in the FIVB World ranking. The match lasted 52 minutes and qualified the team to the Semifinals, which takes place tomorrow, at 8h30, in the arena of Bahia Marina. But Brazil is already in the final because Adriana and Shelda will face, in the semifinal, the Brazilians Adriana Samuel and Sandra Pires, who defeated Masakayan and Youngs (USA) 17-16.

    Although they were favorites, Adriana Behar and Shelda were losing against the Australians but little by little they reacted and won their 4th victory in a row. After the victory, Adriana said that she started the match really worried because the match was against the same adversaries that she played in the Banco do Brasil Circuit, last week. On that day, Adriana suffered an injury that almost took her from the tournament.

    "That was the most difficult match for us till this moment because I was playing with the same adversaries from the day I hurt my spine. But that was not the only problem. Pottharst is too tall and the team is doing pretty well. For us, it looks like it’s the first time we are facing the semifinals, when it’s not" said Adriana. Twice champions of the World Tour and undefeated until now, Adriana Behar and Shelda are trying to get through the 7th final of the tournament this year – they were champions in Brazil(Rio de Janeiro), Italy (Vasto), Japan(Osaka) and China (Dailan) and also vice-champions in Canada(Toronto) and France(Marseille).

    But even though the two Brazilian teams were already qualified for the Semifinals, the fans got a little disappointed. Today, Jacqueline and Adriana Bento were eliminated by the North-Americans Annett Davis and Jenny Jordan in a really hard match.

    "For us, that was the best result ever" said Jenny Jordan. And even with the noise of the fans, the Brazilians lost 16-14, in 55 minutes.

    "We had the chance to win in our hands, but we lost" said Jacqueline. The Brazilian team was wining by 14-13.

    The second team to qualify for the semifinal of the tournament was Hanley/Fontana, from the United States, who defeated the Americans Masakayan and Youngs 15-12, in 29 minutes.

    There is US$170,000 in prize money and the winning team will receive US$ 32,000. On Sunday, at 8h20, begins the match for the third place and at 9h30 starts the final.

    Thursday, 29 October

    Salvador- The feeling of victory, for the first time this year, was a relief. Adriana Behar, who is still recovering from a injury on her spine, and Shelda won their two matches today, in the opening of the 8th and final stage of the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Season, which takes place in Salvador, Brazil. Besides being twice champions of the World Tour season, Adriana Behar and Shelda are also undefeated in the competition. They defeated Stammer / Reece (USA) 15-6. Tomorrow, in the first match they’ll face Bruschini/Solazzi (ITA), who defeated Jacqueline/ Adriana 15-10.

    "We are still feeling insecure and for that reason we are a little more tense. I got worried every moment of the match, wondering if Adriana was ok. We are facing every match like a final", said Shelda.

    "Sure we wanna make it through the finals, specially because this tournament, here in Brazil, it’s the most important for us. At the same time, we also suffer a bigger pressure but we trust in our work", added Adriana, who after two matches, spent the whole afternoon taking medical treatment.

    Today one of the surprises in the competition was the defeat of the North-Americans Holly McPeak and Lisa Arce. They lost the game to Takahashi and Saiki (JPN) 16-14. The japanese team wasn’t surprised by the victory. When they come to Brazil, they receive all the know-how from the Brazilian technician Antonio Le„o, who is also the technician of Guilherme/ParŠ and Anjinho/Fred, between others.

    "That was the first time we faced McPeak and Arce. We played pretty well, didn’t feel the blazing sun and we hope to get the best result ever", said Takahashi, the most expert of the team. Nowadays, in Japan, there are three female professional teams and a large number of amateur.

    "A serious work in the Beach Volleyball is being started in our country", she added.

    The Italians Bruschini and Solazzi , who didn’t disguise the satisfaction of beating Jacqueline and Adriana Bento, were also a little sad. The reason was that they have to face tomorrow, in the first match, Adriana Behar and Shelda.

    "We didn’t have any luck. I wish I could face players from the United Sates, who have not the same power of the Brazilian team", said Bruschini, who didn’t bother with all the shouting form the Brazilian fans.

    "All this noise stimulates the match. And it’s really good to know that Jacqueline and Adriana are that loved here", explain the Italian player.

     

    Wednesday, 28 October

    The Main Draw of the 1998 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour – Women’s Brazil Open will begin tomorrow. It is the last tournament of this year’s calendar and it is being held at Bahia Marina – Salvador. Adriana Behar and Shelda are already the champions of this year’s 1998 World Tour Season and will only show the favouritism that they achieved by winning four tournaments this year. Behar and Shelda were champions at Rio de Janeiro, Italy, Japan and China and silver medalists at Canada and France championships.

    Last year, at the Salvador tournament, Adriana Behar and Shelda had assured their gold medals before the beggining of the tournament. To make it a bigger comemoration they defetead Holly McPeak and Linda Arce in the final match.

    Adriana Samuel and Sandra Pires are the most important opponents for this Brazilian team. They are also Brazilians and are the second on the world ranking. They were the gold medalists in Canada and France tournaments. Americans McPeak and Arce, third on the world ranking, Hanley and Fontana and the Australians Manser and Pottharst, which surprised with a second place at the Rio de Janeiro tournament, are also important opponents for the Brazilians.

    Thirty two doubles, from 12 countries – Brazil, United States, Australia, Italy, Canada, Germany, Japan, Netherland, Czech Republic, Potugal, Denmark, China and Greece – will be in the competition struggling for prize money of US$ 170,000. The first place double will receive US$ 32,000.

    Tuesday, 27 October

    Twenty four doubles teams, from 14 countries, began today the struggle for the eight places in the Main Draw of the eight tournaments of the 1998 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour – Women’s Brazil Open. The competition is being held at the Bahia Marina, Salvador, where 36 matches were played under strong heat.

    There are three places to be filled by the seven Brazilian doubles which are playing the Qualifying – Monica Rodrigues / Monica Paludo, Rejane / Ivanise, Ana Richa / Sandra Mathias, Samira / Fazia, Magda / Gerusa, Vanessa / Tatiana and Claudia / Leninha.

    For Monica Rodrigues, silver medalist at 1996 Olympic Games, the Qualifiyng Tournament is a new experience. After a four year partnership with her former partner Adriana Samuel, with whom she won the silver medal in Atlanta, Monica has only played for two months with Monica Paluco. For the first time in her career she is participating of a Qualifying Tournament. "I believe it is worthwhile to participate of the Qualifying Tournament. I know I’m going to play against doubles I’ve never seen before but it is an important experience, mainly for my new partner, which has never participated of a World Tour Tournament", said Monica Rodrigues.

    The Brazilian audience is very happy. Adriana Behar and Shelda, twice world champions of the World Tour are guaranteed in the Main Draw at the Salvador event. Adriana has already recovered from a spine injury suffered last Saturday and is trainning normaly. "It wasn’t necessary to make any medical exams. I’m much better now." explained Adriana. Adriana and Shelda won tournaments held in Rio de Janeiro, Italy, Japan and China. They were also the winners at the Goodwill Games, in New York.

    Tomorrow, play-offs for the final eight teams to move on to the Main Draw will begin at 10:00 am.


Salvador, Brazil Open, 29 Oct.- 01 November 1998

The Participating Teams

Main Draw (29 Oct.-01 Nov. )

Pos. Team name Ctry. Points Seed
  Adriana Behar-Shelda BRA 2,472  
  Sandra Pires-Adriana Samuel BRA 2,058  
  Jackie Silva-Adriana Bento BRA 1,066  
  Dumont-Tough CAN 671  
  Hudcova-Tobiasova CZE 494  
  Joergensen-Sommer DEN 424  
  Friedrichsen-Müsch GER 1,034  
  Schmidt-Staub GER 590  
  Karadassiou-Sfyri GRE 406  
  Gavio-Nascimento ITA 329  
  Bruschini-Solazzi ITA 1,112  
  Gattelli-Perrotta ITA 654  
  Ishizaka-Rii Seike JPN 448  
  Takahashi-Teru Saiki JPN 798  
  Schoon Kadijk D.-Kadijk R. NED 758  
  Maria José-Cristina Pereira POR 474  
  Manser-Pottharst AUS 1,508  
  Gooley-Sanderson AUS 800  
  Cook-Clarke AUS 737  
  McPeak-Arce USA 1,726  
  Hanley-Fontana USA 1,553  
  Masakayan-Youngs USA 1,222  
  Wood-Blomquist USA 638  
  W.Stammer-Reece USA    

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 ( 27-28 Oct.)

Pos. Team name Ctry. Points Seed
  Huygens Tholen-Straton AUS 588  
  Fabiola-Jessica BOL    
  Mônica-Mônica Paludo BRA 787  
  Xiong-Chi CHN 154  
  Zhang Jingkun-Liu Chun Ying CHN 182  
  Zhou Suhong-Tian Jia CHN 106  
  Rigaux-Prawerman FRA 304  
  Marini-Folco ITA 88  
  Tokuno-Kusuhara JPN 76  
  Byberg-Larsen NOR 154  
    BRA    
    BRA    
    BRA    
    BRA    
    BRA    
    BRA    
  Mayra-Laura A. MEX 190  
  Trevino-Trejo MEX 53  
  Drakich-Russo CAN 324  
  Parsons-Gougeon CAN 63  
  Rock-Kirby USA 620  
  Jenny Jordan-Annett Davis USA 243  
  O'Hara-Schritter USA 70  
  Schuster-Meredith USA 34  
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