Reinders and van Driel win in Alba Adriatica to reach first World Tour main draw

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. 

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.


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