Martin and Lessard eliminated in qualifying at beach volleyball World Tour

 KLAGENFURT, Austria (July 17, 2012) – Olympic-bound Annie Martin of Sherbrooke, Que., and Marie-Andrée Lessard of Ville LaSalle, Que., did not get through Tuesday’s qualifying round at a stop on the beach volleyball World Tour circuit.

Martin and Lessard won their first match 21-10, 21-19 over Svitlana Baburina and Inna Makhno of Ukraine.  Needing one more win to gain one of the eight available spots for the main draw they lost 21-7, 21-19 to Isabelle Forrer and Anouk Vergé-Dépré of Switzerland.

‘’We are pleased to have won our first match after arriving here late last (Monday) night,’’ said Lessard.  ‘’Unfortunately we started to feel some fatigue against the Swiss and they also played well.  We had our chances though in the second set but they played our serve well.’’

Julie Rodrigue of Quebec City and Kacie MacTavish of Sharon, Ont., (in photo) were also 1-1 in qualifying and did not advance.

Heather Bansley and Liz Maloney of Toronto had a bye to the main draw and start playing Wednesday.

On the men’s side, Canada’s Olympic pair of Josh Binstock of Toronto and Martin Reader of Comox, B.C., as well as Ben Saxton of Calgary and Christian Redmann of Toronto compete in the qualifying round on Wednesday.

Olympic draw on Thursday

The draw for the Olympic beach volleyball tournament will be held in Klagenfurt on Thursday. 

The 24 pairs in both the men’s and women’s competition will be split equally into six pools, playing each team in their group, with the top two advancing to the knockout first round stage along with the two best third-placed teams.

The remaining four third-place teams will then compete in playoff matches to determine which pairs will fill the final two places in the first round.

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