USA Men's FIVB Beach Volleyball In Spain Friday

USA Men's FIVB Beach Volleyball In Spain Friday

Post by BFISHI » Sat, 21 Aug 1999 04:00:00

USA Beach Volleyballers Post 3-1 Spanish Record

Tenerife, Canary Islands (August 20, 1999) - Three men's teams from the United
States combined to win three of four matches here Friday (August 20) during the
fourth of six days of competition in the $170,000 Spanish Open.

Seventh-seeded Karch Kiraly (San Clemente, Calif.) and Adam Johnson (San
Clemente, Calif.), who have placed ninth in the past two FIVB Beach Volleyball
World Tour events, advanced to the fourth-round of the winner's bracket with a
15-9 win in 60 minutes over 18th-seeded Giovane Gavio and Tande Ramos of
Brazil.

Kiraly, who finished second in the 1998 Spanish Open with Mike Whitmarsh, and
Johnson play third-seeded Ze'Marco de Melo and Ricardo Santos of Brazil in
their fourth-round match Saturday.  The Brazilians have a 2-0 mark against
Kiraly/Johnson this season.

Sixth-seeded Rob Heidger (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) and Kevin Wong (Playa del
Rey, Calif.), who finished seventh in last week's Belgium Open, dropped a 15-7
decision in 37 minutes to Ze'Marco and Ricardo Friday.  Heidger and Wong
challenge top-seeded Emanuel Scheffer and Jose Loiola of Brazil Saturday
morning.  The Americans dropped a 15-7 decision to Emanuel and Loiola in June's
Canada event for the only meeting between the two teams.

Sinjin Smith (Pacific Palisades, Calif.) and Carl Henkel (Redondo Beach,
Calif.) won a pair of elimination matches Friday to advance to a Saturday
morning meeting against 17th-seeded Marek Pakosta and Milan Dzavoronok of the
Czech Republic, who upset Emanuel and Loiola Thursday 15-13.

Seeded 11th in the Spanish Open, Smith and Henkel defeated 29th-seeded Willie
De Jesus and Amaury Velasco of Puerto Rico 15-9 in 57 minutes and 14th-seeded
Jose Salema and Mariano Baracetti of Argentina in Friday morning elimination
matches.

Play continues Saturday at 10 a.m. with 10 matches on Las Teresitas Beach,
including eight elimination and two winner's bracket matches.  The 12th of 13
events on the 1999 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour schedule, the Spanish Open
concludes Sunday when the "final four" teams play a pair of semi-final matches
before competing for the medals.

Following the Spanish Open, the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour concludes the
1999 season at Vitoria, Brazil November 30-December 5.

Swiss, Australians, Brazilians & Americans Advance In Spanish Open

Tenerife, Canary Islands (August 20, 1999) - Teams from Switzerland, Australia,
Brazil and United States scored wins here Friday (August 20) to move within one
victory of advancing to the semi-finals of the $170,000 Spanish Open on Las
Teresitas Beach.

Third-seeded Ze'Marco de Melo and Ricardo Santos of Brazil scored a 15-7 win
over sixth-seeded Rob Heidger and Kevin Wong of the United States to lead the
unbeatens into Saturday's fourth-round of the winner's bracket in the 12th of
13 events on the 1999 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour.

Also advancing to Saturday's play with a 3-0 Spanish Open Main Draw match marks
are fifth-seeded Julien Prosser and Lee Zahner of Australia, seventh-seeded
Karch Kiraly and Adam Johnson of the United States and eighth-seeded Martin and
Paul Laciga of Switzerland.

Prosser and Zahner scored a 15-11 win over 13th-seeded Jan Kvalheim and Bjorn
Maaseide of Norway while the Lacigas posted a 15-7 victory over 17th-seeded
Marek Pakosta and Milan Dzavoronok of the Czech Republic, who netted a 15-13
win Thursday over top-seeded Emanuel Scheffer and Jose Loiola of Brazil.

Kiraly and Johnson, who have finished ninth the past two weeks in Portugal and
Belgium, scored a 15-9 win over 18th-seeded Giovane Gavio and Tande Ramos of
Brazil Friday.  With the win, the Americans face Ze'Marco and Ricardo in the
second semi-final qualifying match Saturday.  The Lacigas play the Aussies in
the first semi-final qualifying match Saturday.

Ze'Marco and Ricardo have a 2-0 mark against Kiraly and Johnson after beating
the Americans 15-8 in Mexico and 15-9 in Canada earlier this season.  Prosser
and Zahner have won seven of the previous 12 meetings with the Lacigas since
the start of the 1997 season, including 1999 wins in Norway (16-14) and Austria
(15-11).

Eight (8) other teams remain in contention for the $30,000 first-place prize
for the Spanish Open Gold Medal, including the top-seeded Brazilian tandems of
Emanuel Scheffer/Jose Loiola and Para Ferreira/Guilherme Marques.  Both teams
won a pair of elimination matches Friday to advance to Saturday's opening
matches at 10 a.m.

Emanuel and Loiola, who had their 23-match FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour
winning streak snapped by Pakosta and Dzavoronok Thursday, defeated a pair of
Canadian rivals by eliminating 15th-seeded Jody Holden and Conrad Leinemann
15-7 and ninth-seeded John Child and Mark Heese 15-8.

The top-ranked team on the international circuit, Emanuel and Loiola play
sixth-seeded Rob Heidger and Kevin Wong of the United States in one of
Saturday's opening elimination matches. The winningest team on the FIVB Beach
Volleyball World Tour with a 64-9 match mark, Emanuel and Loiola are seeking
their second-straight title in the Spanish Open after capturing the 1998 Gold
Medal by defeating Kiraly and Mike Whitmarsh 12-4 and 12-10.  Emanuel has also
won the Spanish Open championship in 1996 and 1997 with Ze'Marco.

Second-seeded Para Ferreira and Guilherme Marques of Brazil, who also lost a
second-round match 15-13 to Giovane and Tande Thursday to drop into the loser's
bracket, won their two elimination matches Friday by defeating 16th-seeded Jorg
Ahmann and Axel Hager of Germany 15-12 and 23rd-seeded Joel Sotelo and Juan
Ibarra of Mexico 15-9.  Para and Guilherme play 13th-seeded Jan Kvalheim and
Bjorn Maaseide and Norway Saturday morning at 10 a.m.

Pakosta and Dzavoronok challenge 11th-seeded Sinjin Smith and Carl Henkel of
the United States while 29th-seeded Christoph and Markus Dieckmann of Germany
(29) face Tande and Giovane in other opening elimination matches Saturday.

Fourth-seeded Javier Bosma and Fabio Diez of Spain were eliminated Saturday
after dropping a 16-14 decision to Salema and Baracetti.  It was the earliest
exit from a FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour event, this season for the
Spaniards, which also dropped a 15-13 decision to the Dieckmanns in Thursday's
opening round.  The Spanish Open concludes Sunday at 11 a.m. when the "final
four" teams play a pair of semi-final matches before competing for the medals.

Tenerife, Canary Islands (August 20, 1999) - Here are the Main Draw results
from the fourth of six days of competition in the Spanish Open for men here
Friday (August 20).  The $170,000 Spanish Open, the 12th of 13 events on the
1999 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour, concludes Sunday on Las Teresitas Beach.

Loser's Bracket, Second-Round (losers eliminated, place 17th, split $2,500)
Para Ferreira/Guilherme Marques, Brazil (No. 2-seeded Main Draw Team) def.
Jorg Ahmann/Axel Hager, Germany (16), 15-12 (73 minutes;
Joel Sotelo/Juan Ibarra, Mexico (23) def. Albert Hannemann/Nick Hannemann,
American Samoa (24, No. 6-seeded Qualification Tournament Team), 17-16 (63);
Sinjin Smith/Carl Henkel, United States (11) def. Willie De Jesus/Amaury
Velasco, Puerto Rico (28, 9), 15-9 (57);
Jose Salema/Mariano Baracetti, Argentina (14) def. Javier Bosma/Fabio Diez,
Spain (4), 16-14 (68);
Christoph Dieckmann/Markus Dieckmann, Germany (29) def. Mikhail
Kouchnerev/Serguei Ermichin, Russia (19, 4) , 16-14 (67);
Jorre Kjemperud/Vegard Hoidalen, Norway (22) def. Dmitri Karassev/Sergey
Sayfulin, Russia (21, 3), 15-7 (45);
John Child/Mark Heese, Canada (9) def. Esteban Martinez/Martin Conde,
Argentina (10), 15-11 (40);
Emanuel Scheffer/Jose Loiola, Brazil (1) def. Joey Holden/Conrad Leinemann,
Canada (15), 15-7 (58).

Winner's Bracket, Third-Round
Paul Laciga/Martin Laciga, Switzerland (8) def. Marek Pakosta/Milan
Dzavoronok, Czech Republic (17), 15-7 (58);
Lee Zahner/Julien Prosser, Australia (5) def. Jan Kvalheim/Bjorn Maaseide,
Norway (13), 15-11 (48);
Ze'Marco de Melo/Ricardo Santos, Brazil (3) def. Robert Heidger/Kevin Wong,
United States (6), 15-7 (37);
Adam Johnson/Karch Kiraly, United States (7) def. Tande Ramos/Giovane Gavio,
Brazil (18), 15-9 (60).

Loser's Bracket, Third-Round (losers eliminated, place 13th, split $3,000)
Para Ferreira/Guilherme Marques, Brazil (2) def. Joel Sotelo/Juan Ibarra,
Mexico (23), 15-9 (36);
Sinjin Smith/Carl Henkel, United States (11) def. Jose Salema/Mariano
Baracetti, Argentina (14), 16-14 (60);
Christoph Dieckmann/Markus Dieckmann, Germany (29) def. Jorre
Kjemperud/Vegard Hoidalen, Norway (22), 15-9 (37);
Emanuel Scheffer/Jose Loiola, Brazil (1) def. John Child/Mark Heese, Canada
(9), 15-8 (50).

Saturday's Loser's Bracket, Fourth-Round Schedule (losers eliminated, place
ninth, split $4,500)
Para Ferreira/Guilherme Marques, Brazil (2) vs. Jan Kvalheim/Bjorn Maaseide,
Norway (13);
Sinjin Smith/Carl Henkel, United States (11) vs. Marek Pakosta/Milan
Dzavoronok, Czech Republic (17);
Christoph Dieckmann/Markus Dieckmann, Germany (29) vs. Tande Ramos/Giovane
Gavio, Brazil (18);
Emanuel Scheffer/Jose Loiola, Brazil (1) winner vs. Robert Heidger/Kevin
Wong, United States (6).

Saturday's Winner's Bracket, Fourth-Round Schedule (winners advance to Sunday's
semi-finals)
Paul Laciga/Martin Laciga, Switzerland (8) vs. Lee Zahner/Julien Prosser,
Australia (5);
Ze'Marco de Melo/Ricardo Santos, Brazil (3) vs. Adam Johnson/Karch Kiraly,
United States (7).

Saturday's Loser's Bracket, Fifth-Round Schedule (losers eliminated, place
seventh, split $6,000)
Para Ferreira/Guilherme Marques, Brazil (2) vs. Jan Kvalheim/Bjorn Maaseide,
Norway (13) winner vs. Sinjin Smith/Carl Henkel, United States (11) vs. Marek
Pakosta/Milan Dzavoronok, Czech Republic (17) winner;
Christoph Dieckmann/Markus Dieckmann, Germany (29) vs. Tande Ramos/Giovane
Gavio, Brazil (18) winner vs. Emanuel Scheffer/Jose Loiola, Brazil (1) winner
vs. Robert Heidger/Kevin Wong, United States (6) winner.

Spanish Open
Tenerife, Canary Islands, August 11-15, 1999

Main Draw Rankings

                Match Mark      Team    Team Earnings
Rank    Players, Country (Main Draw Seed; Qualifying Seed)      W-L*    Points
Prize (US$)
1st     0-0     340     $30,000
2nd     0-0     306     20,000
3rd     0-0     272     15,000
4th     0-0     238     11,000
5th     0-0     204     8,000
                0-0     204     8,000
7th     0-0     170     6,000
                0-0     170     6,000
9th     0-0     136     4,500
        0-0     136     4,500
        0-0     136     4,500
                0-0     136     4,500
13th Salema-Baracetti, ARG (14) 2-2     102     3,000
Child-Heese, CAN (9)    2-2     102     3,000
        Sotelo-Ibarra, MEX (23) 2-2     102     3,000
        Kjemperud-Hoidalen, NOR (22)    2-2     102     3,000
17th Martinez-Conde, ARG (10)   1-2     68      2,500
A. Hannemann-N. Hannemann, ASA (24, 6)  5-3     68      2,500
Holden-Leinemann, CAN (15)      1-2     68      2,500
Bosma-Diez, ESP (4)     1-2     68      2,500
Ahmann-Hager, GER (16)  1-2     68      2,500
De Jesus-Velasco, PUR (28, 9)   5-3     68      2,500
Karasev-Sayfulin, RUS (21, 3)   4-2     68      2,500
        Kouchnerev-Ermichin, RUS (19, 4)        4-2     68      2,500
25th Berger-Stamm, AUS (25, 11) 3-3     34      2,000
        Rosell-Alvarez, CUB (30, 23)    4-2     34      2,000
        Larsen-Hansen, DEN (31, 27)     6-3     34      2,000
        Lopez Martin-Perez Bautista, ESP (32)   0-2     34      2,000
        Yoyi Rodriguez-Lunda, ESP (20)  0-2     34      2,000
        Penigaud-Jodard, FRA (26)       0-2     34      2,000
        Maia-Brenha, POR (12)   0-2     34      2,000
        B. Berg-Dahl, SWE (27, 8)       3-2     34      2,000

*includes qualifying record
Non-Main Draw Rankings - Spanish Open Qualification Tournament
Tenerife, Canary Islands, August 17-18, 1999

 Rank   Players, Country (qualifying seed)      W-L     Points
33rd Oetke-Scheuerpflug, GER (2)        2-2     28
        Raffaelli-Pimponi, ITA (1)      2-2     28
        Petrenas-Cyvas Ha., LTU (15)    3-2     28
        Vesti-Egger M., SUI (12)        2-2     28
37th Grinlaubs-Slack, AUS (19)  2-2     20
        Gatzke-Mackay, CAN (24) 3-2     20
        Ozaki-Morikawa, JPN (14)        2-2     20
        Tschudi-Heyer, SUI (18) 2-2     20
41st Lukowicz-Searle, AUS (20)  1-2     14
        Schacht-Anfilloff, AUS (13)     1-2     14
        Leitner-Dobeiner, AUT (21)      2-2     14
        Chambers-Milian Carvajal, CUB (16)      1-2     14
        Deulofeu-Guissart, FRA (7)      1-2     14
        T. Yamamoto-Kawai, JPN (17)     1-2     14
        Watanabe-Takao, JPN (28)        2-2     14
        Bachorski-Bulkowski, POL (10)   1-2     14

 Rank   Players, Country (qualifying seed)      W-L     Points
49th Delfosse-Ceyfs, BEL (30)   2-2     6
        Cadieux-Chaloupka, CAN (32)     2-2     6
        Aro Perez-Rodriguez Herrera, ESP (38)   1-2     6
        Asmara-Iwan, INA (34)   2-2     6
        K. Goranson-Horrem, NOR (22)    1-2     6
        EP Pettersen-Boe, NOR (26)      2-2     6
        Seuseu-Eade, NZL (5)    1-2     6
        Zabuslaev-Kiselev, RUS (31)     1-2     6
57th Waelkens-Braeckmans, BEL (33)      0-2     4
        Pursey-Hollis, ENG (37) 0-2     4
        A. Lopez-Santos Sanchez, ESP (41)       0-2     4
        A. Granados-Garcia Thomson, ESP (40)    0-2     4
        R. Wood-Naranjo Hernandez, ESP (42)     0-2     4
        Shofana-Salim, INA (29) 1-2     4
        Matsunaga-Noguchi, JPN (35)     0-2     4
        A. Stals-R. Stals, LAT (25)     1-2     4
        R. Berntsen-Otterdal, NOR (36)  0-2     4
                A. Berg-Rininsland, SWE (39)    0-2    
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