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Beach Volleyball - 29. August 2008.

Young Brazilian plays on familiar Norwegian ground


Nila Hakedal meets a "citizen" from Brazil in the fourth-round of Otera Open Friday.

Kristiansand, Norway, August 28, 2008 - Friday’s fourth-round opponents Carolina Solberg Salgado of Brazil and Nila Hakedal of Norway have one thing in common: the city of Kristiansand. Carolina’s grandfather comes from this Norwegian southcoast city, while Nila has lived most of her life here.


- But for sure Nila will have the crowd on her side. That’s how it is. I don’t even know if I have any family left in Norway, says Carolina.


Her grandfather was the only child in the family. He left Norway for Brazil at the age of 20, and never went back. - My father has told me that there maybe are some relatives over here, but we have never met anyone, says Carolina.


Second-seeded Maria Clara Salgado/Carolina Solberg Salgado of Brazil against third-seeded Nila Hakedal/Ingrid Tørlen of Norway is one of two fourth-round matches to be played in SWATCH FIVB World Tour Otera Open at Tresse Friday. The other match is between top-seeded Maria Antonelli/Vanilda dos Santos Leao of Brazil and fifth-seeded Doris and Stephanie Schwaiger of Austria.


From the loser’s bracket there are still playing teams from seven other countries: Russia, Latvia, Netherlands, Switzerland, France, Finland and Georgia, together with Kathrine Maaseide/Susanne Glesnes of Norway. But the two top-seeded Brazilian teams are favourites to reach Saturday’s finals in Otera Open.


- We need these points so desperately. This Otera Open, and next week in Poland, is our chance to play Main Draw without “warming up” with playing country quota and qualification matches. For sure the other Brazilian teams will be back on home ground in Guaruja in three weeks, says Carolina Solberg Salgado.


The Salgado sisters haven’t heard anything about any Brazilian team retiring after the Olympic Games in Beijing. - Which means we have to be better as a team, that’s our only possibility to reach our goal about participating in London 2012, says Carolina.


Maria Clara/Carol defeated Inguna Minusa/Inese Jursone 2-0 (21-13, 23-21) to reach the fourth-round. Nila/Ingrid won the Norwegian battle against Maaseide/Glesnes 2-0 (24-22, 21-14), while Antonelli/Leao defeated Galina Boyko/Anna Karkova of Russia 2-0 (21-13, 21-17) and Schwaiger/Schwaiger defeated Cristine Santanna/Andrezza Martins das Chagas of Georgia 2-0 (21-17, 21-16).


Play in the SWATCH FIVB World Tour Otera Open 2008 continues through Saturday when the final four teams compete for the $28,000 first-place prize in the fourteenth of 19 women’s events on the 2008 SWATCH-FIVB World Tour calendar.  Friday’s schedule includes three rounds of elimination bracket matches on Tresse centre court.

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