Alba Adriatica, Italy, July 12, 2019 – Iris Reinders and Mexime van Driel led the way as four teams qualified for the main draw at the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour women-only Alba Adriatica 1-Star event on Friday.
The Dutch pair beat Lithuania’s Gerda Grudzinskaite and Karole Virbickaite 2-0 (21-17, 21-17) to reach pool play for the first time since they teamed up earlier in 2019. Their only previous World Tour event was the Warsaw 4-Star where they lost in the first qualification round.
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Italy will have another team in the main draw after Jessica Jenifer Luca and Eleonora Annibalini defeated Sweden’s Fanny Lindström and Sara Malmström 2-0 (21-13, 21-18).
Germany’s Leonie Klinke and Lisa-Sophie Kotzan ended the hopes of Giulia Toti and Jessica Allegretti, the other Italian team in the second qualification round, with a 2-0 (21-16, 21-17) victory.
Mayu Sawame and Miyu Sakamoto of Japan completed the quartet with a 2-0 (21-18, 21-12) victory over the Czech Republic’s Michaela Knoblochová and Karin Zolnercikova.