FIVB Men's Beach Volleyball - January 12 results

FIVB Men's Beach Volleyball - January 12 results

Post by BFISHI » Fri, 14 Jan 2000 04:00:00

Mar del Plata, Argentina (January 12, 1999) - Top-seeded Bill Boullianne and
Ian Clark of the United States moved within one qualifying victory of advancing
to the Main Draw of the $150,000 Argentinean Open by posting a pair of beach
volleyball wins here Wednesday (January 12) on the Playa Bristol.

The Argentinean Open is the first of 12 men's events on the 2000 FIVB Beach
Volleyball World Tour that will determine the teams for the 2000 Sydney Olympic
Games.  The 32-team Qualification Tournament advances eight teams to Friday's
opening Main Draw rounds as Boullianne (Redondo Beach, Calif.) and Clark
(Boulder, Colo.) were one of eight teams to win both of their matches
Wednesday.

Competing in their 16th FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour event together,
Boullianne and Clark scored a 15-3 win in 30 minutes over 32nd-seeded Felix
Ferrarini and Pablo Bernardi of Argentina before defeating 17th-seeded Ihosvany
Chambers and Lazaro Milian Carvajal of Cuba 15-7 in 47 minutes.

With the two wins Wednesday, Boullianne and Clark face ninth-seeded Bjorn Berg
and Simon Dahl of Sweden in Thursday's opening qualification match on the Playa
Bristol.  If Boullianne and Clark lose, they will play an elimination match
Thursday afternoon with the winner team advancing to the Main Draw.

Boullianne and Clark, who captured the FIVB's inaugural Mexican Open in
Acapulco last April, are competing in their first international event since
last August.  After winning in Mexico for the United States' first FIVB Beach
Volleyball World Tour Gold Medal since 1996, Boullianne and Clark posted a
ninth, three 17ths and three 25ths in their next international seven starts
together.

Competing in their 16th FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour event together,
Boullianne and Clark scored a 15-3 win in 30 minutes over 32nd-seeded Felix
Ferrarini and Pablo Bernardi of Argentina before defeating 17th-seeded Ihosvany
Chambers and Lazaro Milian Carvajal of Cuba 15-7 in 47 minutes.

Jeffrey Long (Santa Monica, Calif.) and Brad Torsone (Los Angeles, Calif.) were
battling Boullianne and Clark for the United States' fourth and final Main Draw
berth in the double-elimination Argentinean Open Qualification Tournament.

Seeded 23rd in the Qualification Tournament, Long and Torsone dropped a 15-4
decision to 26th-seeded Palo Del Coto and Facundo Palavecino of Argentina in an
elimination match later Wednesday.  Long and Torsone were defeated 15-4 by
10th-seeded Franco Neto and Roberto Lopes of Brazil in their opening match
Wednesday.

Led by Rob Heidger (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) and Kevin Wong (Playa del Rey,
Calif.), the United States has qualified three teams for the 32-team
Argentinean Open Main Draw.  Heidger and Wong are currently rank sixth on the
FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour entering the 2000 season opener.

Other USA men's teams in the Main Draw of the third annual Argentinean Open are
the tandems of Sinjin Smith (Pacific Palisades, Calif.)/Carl Henkel (Redondo
Beach, Calif.) and Dain Blanton (Los Angeles, Calif.)/Eric Fonoimoana (Hermosa
Beach, Calif.).

Heidger and Wong will be starting their second-season of competition together
on the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour as the pair competed in 11
international events last season, with two "final four" finishes in Canada
(third) and Italy (fourth).

Smith and Henkel, who are ranked 11th internationally, will begin their fifth
FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour season together as the former UCLA indoor
standouts will be competing in their 51st international event together.  Smith
and Henkel, who tied for fifth in the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games, have nine
"final four" finishes together enroute to $295,900 in career FIVB earnings
together.

Blanton and Fonoimoana reunite for the Argentinean Open after playing with
different partners in the 1999 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour season finale
in Vitoria, Brazil.  The pair have three "final four" finishes in 12
international events together.  Blanton and Fonoimoana had two fourth-place
finishes in 1999 along with a 1998 second in Austria.

Adam Johnson and Karch Kiraly, who won the Gold Medal at the 1996 Atlanta
Olympic Games with Kent Steffes, did not enter the Argentinean Open despite
being ranked as one of the United States' top beach tandems.  Johnson missed
the Vitoria event due to a back injury.

The Argentinean Open also has Olympic qualification implications as Blanton and
Fonoimoana need two more FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour starts together to
achieve the minimum number of eight events needed to be ranked to qualify for
the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games.

The tandems of Henkel/Wong and Smith/Henkel have already played in eight FIVB
Beach Volleyball World Tour events together since the start of the Olympic
qualifying process last January.  Henkel and Wong need to finish seventh or
better in Argentina to improve their Olympic Qualification Ranking.  Smith and
Henkel need to place 13th or better in the Argentinean Open.

Smith and Henkel are currently the No. 2-ranked United States team on the
Olympic Qualification Ranking list, but must withstand the challenge of the
Johnson/Kiraly and Blanton/Fonoimoana tandems.  Johnson and Kiraly, who have
1,346 Olympic Qualification Ranking points to Smith/Henkel's 1,150, need to
play in one more event to achieve the minimum number of eight events needed to
be ranked to qualify for the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games.

Blanton and Fonoimoana have 1,124 Olympic Qualification Ranking points in only
six Sydney qualifying events.  Smith and Henkel must place at least one spot
ahead of Blanton and Fonoimoana in each of the first two 2000 FIVB Beach
Volleyball World Tour events to maintain their No. 2 ranking.

If Boullianne and Clark advance to 32-team Main Draw, the pair must win at
least one match to improve their Olympic Qualification Ranking.  Boullianne and
Clark, who entered the Argentinean Open with 868 Olympic Qualification Ranking
points, are currently the fifth-ranked United States on the Olympic
Qualification Ranking list.

Following the Argentinean Open, the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour heads
north to San Paulo, Brazil for a January 18-23 event before breaking for three
months prior to the April 26-30 Mexican Open in Acapulco.  The women's FIVB
Beach Volleyball World Tour opens February 1-6 in Vitoria, Brazil.  A total of
12 men's and 10 women's events will be held before the August 15th deadline to
determined the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games participants.

Due to the country quota rule, each nation can only qualify two teams for
Sydney (except host Australia that can have up to three representatives in each
competition).  Complete information about the Argentinean Open and about the
Olympic qualification provisional ranking are available on the FIVB's official
Internet website (http://www.fivb.org/beach).

WEDNESDAY'S QUALIFICATION NOTE - Brazil's Giovane Gavio, who is playing with
Lula Barbosa in the Argentinean Open Qualification Tournament, is competing in
his first FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour event without Tande Ramos.  The pair
had played in 22-straight international events together since the end of the
1997 season. Giovane and Tande lead the way with nine successful qualification
efforts in 10 attempts in 1999.  The Brazilians have posted a 34-4
Qualification Tournament match record this season with an 18-match winning
streak. Giovane and Lula won two of three matches to advance to Thursday's
final qualifying rounds.  Seeded second in the Qualification Tournament,
Giovane and Lula dropped a 16-14 second-round match to 15th-seeded Andrew
Schacht and Victor Anfilloff of Australia.  The Brazilians won their second
match Wednesday by scoring a 16-14 win over 16th-seeded Ko Ozaki and Taichi
Morikawa of Japan in the day's longest match (64). Giovane and Lula play
seventh-seeded Eric Guissart and Guilherm Deulofeu of France in Thursday's
opening elimination match.

SUCCESS - The tandems of Francisco Alvarez-Juan Rosell of Cuba and Matthew
Grinlaubs/Joshua Slack of Australia rebounded from opening defeats Wednesday to
win their next two elimination matches Wednesday to earn the only seed
breakthroughs to Thursday's final qualifying rounds to determine the final
eight spots in the Main Draw.  Seeded 19th in the qualifier, Alvarez and Rosell
face 12th-seeded Bartosz Bachorski and Janusz Bulkowski of Poland.  The
18trh-seeded Grinlaubs and Slack challenge eighth-seeded Amaury Velasco-Willie
De Jesus of Puerto Rico in another elimination Thursday morning.  Failing to
advance to Thursday's qualifying rounds among the top 16 seeded teams were
13th-seeded Bernhard Vesti and Markus Egger of Switzerland and 16th-seeded Ko
Ozaki and Taichi Morikawa of Japan.

HOST TEAMS ELIMINATED - With three teams already in the Main Draw, host
Argentina failed to advance a team to Thursday's final qualifying rounds after
starting Wednesday with six teams in the Qualification Tournament.  Argentina
won only two of 12 qualifying matches Wednesday.  The 1999 Qualification
Tournaments were "tough" on host countries as only six home teams (two from
Argentina in January - Event No. 1, one from Italy in July - Event No. 7 and
three from Brazil in December - Event No. 13) advancing to the Main Draws in
the 13 FIVB events.

Mar del Plata, Argentina (January 12, 2000) - Here are the Qualification
Tournament results for the first of five days of competition in the 1999
Argentinean Open for men here Wednesday (January 12).  The $150,000 Argentinean
Open, the first of 12 events on the 2000 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour,
concludes Sunday on the Playa Bristol.

Winner's Bracket, First-Round
Boullianne-I. Clark, USA (No. 1-seeded Qualification Tournament Team) def.
Ferrarini-Bernardi, ARG (32), 15-3, (30 minutes);
Chambers-Milian Carvajal, CUB (17) def. Ozaki-Morikawa, JPN (16), 15-7 (43);
B. Berg-Dahl, SWE (9) def. Nowotny-Nausch, AUT (24), 15-4 (25);
Velasco-De Jesus, PUR (8) def. Pedri-Addiechi, ARG (25), 15-3 (26);
Hannemann-N. Hannemann, ASA (5) def. Roumeliotis-Michalopoulos, GRE (28),
15-4 (22);
Bachorski-Bulkowski, POL (12) def. Dobeiner-Maderb?ck, AUT (21), 15-8 (36);
Larsen-Hansen, DEN (20) def. Vesti-M. Egger, SUI (13), 15-12 (49);
Stamm-Berger, AUT (4) def. Quaini-Roman, ARG (29), 15-2 (22);
Oetke-Scheuerpflug, GER (3) def. Saas-Aquindo, ARG (30), 15-5 (19);
Canet-Hamel, FRA (14) def. Alvarez-Rosell, CUB (19), 15-9 (36);
Karasev-Kiselev, RUS (11) def. McCloy-Turner AUS (22), 15-9 (37);
Eade-Seuseu, NZL (6) def. Torr-Hauser, CAN (27), 15-4 (19);
Guissart-Deulofeu, FRA (7) def. Del Coto-Palavecino, ARG (26), 15-9 (38);
Franco-Roberto Lopes, BRA (10) def. J. Long-Torsone, USA (23), 15-4 (29);
Schacht-Anfilloff, AUS (15) def. Grinlaubs-Slack, AUS (18), 15-11 (46);
Giovane-Lula, BRA (2) def. Siberra-Haag, ARG (31), 15-2 (20).

Winner's Bracket, Second-Round
Boullianne-I. Clark, USA (1) def. Chambers-Milian Carvajal, CUB (17), 15-7
(47);
B. Berg-Dahl, SWE (9) def. Velasco-De Jesus, PUR (8), 15-4 (26);
Hannemann-N. Hannemann, ASA (5) def. Bachorski-Bulkowski, POL (12), 15-10
(47);
Stamm-Berger, AUT (4) def. Larsen-Hansen, DEN (20), 15-5 (24);
Oetke-Scheuerpflug, GER (3) def. Canet-Hamel, FRA (14), 15-11 (50);
Karasev-Kiselev, RUS (11) def. Eade-Seuseu, NZL (6), 15-13 (40);
Franco-Roberto Lopes, BRA (10) def. Guissart-Deulofeu, FRA (7), 15-6 (39);
Schacht-Anfilloff, AUS (15) vs. Giovane-Lula, BRA (2), 16-14 (46).

Losers Bracket, First-Round (losers eliminated, place 49th)
Ozaki-Morikawa, JPN (16) def. Ferrarini-Bernardi, ARG (32), 15-4 (25);
Pedri-Addiechi, ARG (25) def. Nowotny-Nausch, AUT (24), 15-3 (31);
Dobeiner-Maderb?ck, AUT (21) def. Roumeliotis-Michalopoulos, GRE (28), 17-15
(47);
Vesti-M. Egger, SUI (13) def. Quaini-Roman, ARG (29), 15-6 (25);
Alvarez-Rosell, CUB (19) def. Saas-Aquindo, ARG (30), 15-1 (14);
McCloy-Turner AUS (22) def. Torr-Hauser, CAN (27), 15-6 (27);
Del Coto-Palavecino, ARG (26) def. J. Long-Torsone, USA (23), 15-4 (27);
Grinlaubs-Slack, AUS (18) def. Siberra-Haag, ARG (31), 15-1 (16).

Losers Bracket, Second-Round (losers eliminated, place 41st)
Giovane-Lula, BRA (2) def. Ozaki-Morikawa, JPN (16), 16-14 (64)
Guissart-Deulofeu, FRA (7) def. Pedri-Addiechi, ARG (25), 15-4 (25)
Eade-Seuseu, NZL (6) def. Dobeiner-Maderb?ck, AUT (21), 16-14 (40);
Canet-Hamel, FRA (14) def. Vesti-M. Egger, SUI (13), 15-0 (21)
Alvarez-Rosell, CUB (19) def. Larsen-Hansen, DEN (20), 15-7 (23);
Bachorski-Bulkowski, POL (12) def. McCloy-Turner AUS (22), 15-3 (31);
Velasco-De Jesus, PUR (8) def. Del Coto-Palavecino, ARG (26), 15-7 (42);
Grinlaubs-Slack, AUS (18) def. Chambers-Milian Carvajal, CUB (17), 15-4 (30)

Winner's Bracket, Third-Round Schedule
Boullianne-I. Clark, USA (1) vs. B. Berg-Dahl, SWE (9);
Hannemann-N. Hannemann, ASA (5) vs. Stamm-Berger, AUT (4);
Oetke-Scheuerpflug, GER (3) vs. Karasev-Kiselev, RUS (11);
Franco-Roberto Lopes, BRA (10) vs. Schacht-Anfilloff, AUS (15).

Losers Bracket, Third-Round (losers eliminated, place 37th)
Giovane-Lula, BRA (2) vs. Guissart-Deulofeu, FRA (7);
Eade-Seuseu, NZL (6) vs. Canet-Hamel, FRA (14);
Alvarez-Rosell, CUB (19) vs. Bachorski-Bulkowski, POL (12);
Velasco-De Jesus, PUR (8) vs. Grinlaubs-Slack, AUS (18).

Losers Bracket, Fourth-Round (losers eliminated, place 33rd)
Giovane-Lula, BRA (2) vs. Guissart-Deulofeu, FRA (7) winner vs. Hannemann-N.
Hannemann, ASA (5) vs. Stamm-Berger, AUT (4) loser;
Vesti-M. Egger, SUI (13) vs. Canet-Hamel, FRA (14) winner vs. Boullianne-I.
Clark, USA (1) vs. B. Berg-Dahl, SWE (9) loser;
Alvarez-Rosell, CUB (19) vs. Bachorski-Bulkowski, POL (12) winner vs.
Franco-Roberto Lopes, BRA (10) vs. Schacht-Anfilloff, AUS (15) loser;
Velasco-De Jesus, PUR (8) vs. Grinlaubs-Slack, AUS (18).winner vs.
Oetke-Scheuerpflug, GER (3) vs. Karasev-Kiselev, RUS (11) loser.

Tim Simmons, BFishInc