Women's qualifiers top seeds crash out of Ios 1-star

Ios, Greece, June 14, 2019 - Turkey's No. 1 and No. 3 seeds crashed out of the 2019 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour 1 Star event in the Cycladic island of Ios at the conclusion of the women's Qualification Tournament on Friday, ahead of the 16-team Main Draw which begins Saturday on picturesque Mylopotas Beach.

Eighth-seeded Claudia Scampoli / Dalila Varrassi of Italy upset top seeds Merve Nezir / Bahanur Gokalp 2-0 (21-18, 21-16) and 11th-seeded Anaya Evans / Ellie Austin of England knocked out 3rd-seeded Merve Celebi / Selin Yurtsever 2-0 (21-17, 21-11).

Joining the Italian and English pairs in advancing to the Main Draw were No. 2 Beata Vaida / Ioana-Alexandra Ordean of Romania who beat Katarina Bulc / Nina Zdesar of Slovenia 2-0 (21-15, 21-10) in the deciding qualifier.

Sunniva Helland-Hansen / Hanne Haugen Zylstra prevailed over fellow-Norwegians Katinka Krahn / Live Johanne Lunde Fossdal 2-1 (16-21, 21-14, 15-9) for the last remaining ticket to the Main Draw in the only qualification match to go to three sets.

The only home team in contention, Greece's Dimitra Karagkouni / Theodora Sarakatsani was eliminated early, after losing to second-seeded Vaida / Ordean 2-0 (21-19, 21-15) in Round 1.

But Greece still has four teams in the Main Draw to keep the local fans entertained, including top-seeded Konstantina Tsopoulou / Dimitra Manavi.

The pair are playing in their 20th FIVB tournament together, including their career-best finish of a silver medal at the Battambang One Star event earlier this year. They have also picked up a bronze this year, at the Langkawi One Star tournament.

The Czech Republic's Sara Olivova / Karolina Rehackova enter the Main Draw at No. 2, with Sofia Ogren / Camilla Nilsson of Sweden seeded third.

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