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BONDI BEACH, NEW SOUTH WALES - The last "major" beach volleyball weekend prior
to the 2000 Sydney Games crowned its first champion Saturday (August 26) in
Spain when Laura Bruschini and Annamaria Solazzi of Italian successfully
defended its European Championships title by defeating a team from Germany.
After the Italian women won their Gold Medal at the European Championships in
Getxo, Spain, men's teams from Norway, Russia and Switzerland advanced to that
continent's semi-finals. Switzerland had both unbeaten "final four" teams led
by the top-seeded Lacuna brothers (Martin and Paul) and 19th-seeded Markus
Egged and Sash Hewer.
Saturday's events in Spain ended with the announcement of seedlings for next
month's 2000 Sydney Olympic Games where host Australia received the No. 1 seeds
in both the men's and women's competition. Brazil was seeded second and third
in the men's bracket while the South Americans were second and fifth in the
The Association of Volleyball Professionals (AVP) is staging a $150,000 event
in Manhattan Beach, Calif., where Brazil's Emanuel Rego and Jose Loiola won all
three of their matches Saturday in their effort to win their second-straight
USA domestic event. Emanuel and Loiola will be the No. 2 seed in the men's
competition at the Sydney Games.
Annett Davis and Jenny Johnson Jordan, who will be the No. 3-seeded women's
team at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, won their opening two matches Saturday
Beach Volleyball America (BVA) event at Mariner's Point in San Diego, Calif.
The $75,000 event will complete the inaugural season for the BVA.
The Canadian Championships for both men and women started Saturday at Wasaga
Beach, Ontario. John Child and Mark Heese, the Bronze Medallists at the 1996
Atlanta Olympic Games, is the top-seeded men's team. Child and Heese will be
seeded sixth in the men's bracket at Bondi Beach in Sydney. Here's a recap of
the competition at all four sites.
EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS -Bruschini and Solazzi defeated Danja Musch and Jana
Vollmer of Germany 12-4 and 12-3 in 47 minutes to win their second straight
European title before 4,000 spectators. Bruschini celebrated her 34th birthday
Saturday as the Italians defeated the Dutch sisters of Rebekka Kadijk and
Debora Schoon Kadijk 15-11 in the semifinals.
"This was easier than expected", Solazzi said after the finals. "Because we won
last year, there was a lot of pressure for us this time. But we played an
unbelievable good tournament. We are very, very happy." Bruschini and Solazzi,
who have been playing together the last four years, were one of the seven
women's teams participating in the European Championships who are qualified for
the Olympic Games next month. "I think this weekend's competition will help
prepare us for the Olympics. This tournament was a good set-up to the
Olympics. We will do our best in Sydney. The Lacigas will face second-seeded
Jorre Kjemperud/Vegard Hoidalen of Norway in Sunday's first semi-final match
while Egger and Heyer play 14th-seeded Dmitri Karasev and Sergey Sayfulin of
Russia. Egger and Heyer defeated the Russian 15-2 Friday and the Norwegians
15-2 Saturday. With a pair of wins Sunday, the Lacigas will successfully
defend their European title.
CANADIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS - Olympians John Child/Mark Heese and Jody Holden/Conrad
Leinemann are the featured men's teams in the Canadian event. Child and Heese
captured the Bronze Medal at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games. Holden and
Leinemann won the Gold Medal at the 1999 Pan American Games in Winnipeg.
AVP - In the season's biggest men's event on the AVP Tour, Emanuel and Loiola
face Dax Holdren and Todd Rogers in an opening winner's bracket match Sunday.
Both teams captured AVP and FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour titles this
season. The Brazilians, who defeated USA Olympic hopefuls Dain Blanton and
Eric Fonoimoana 19-17 in last week's Seal Beach finale, are looking for their
third AVP title this season after capturing FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour
Gold Medals in Canada, Chicago, Austria and Belgium earlier this summer.
Holdren and Rogers won the FIVB Mexico event along with domestic stops in
Florida, Chicago and Michigan. Blanton and Fonoimoana won two of three matches
Saturday and will play an elimination match Sunday morning against Brent
Frohoff and Larry Witt.
BVA - Davis and Johnson Jordan will 1996 Olympians Nancy Reno and Elaine Youngs
in one of Sunday's opening matches. The two teams split a pair of matches last
Sunday in Long Beach, Calif., with Reno and Youngs defeating Davis and Johnson
Jordan 16-14 in the title match. Holly McPeak, who is also scheduled to
represent the United States in Sydney, teamed with Leanne Schuster to win two
matches Saturday. McPeak and Schuster will play Stephanie Cox and Katy
Eldridge for a spot in Sunday's semi-finals. Misty May, McPeak's partner for
the Olympics, is sidelined with a stomach muscle tear. McPeak and May had won
four titles this season, including the BVA's Seal Beach stop in July.
August-December Domestic & International Beach Volleyball Schedule
Event Dates, Gender, Site, Sanctioning
August 25-27, Men, Manhattan Beach, Calif., AVP
August 26-27, Women, San Diego, Calif., BVA
August 25-57, Canadian National Championships, Wasaga Beach, Ontario
August 24-27, Men & Women, European Championships, Bilbao - Getxo (Spain)
September 16-26, Men & Women, Sydney, Australia, FIVB
October 5-8, Men & Women, Las Vegas, BVA/AVP
October 31-November 5, Women, Fortaleza, Brazil, FIVB
November 28-December 3, Men, Vitoria, Brazil, FIVB
Tim Simmons, BFishInc