Squads ready for prestigious youth tournaments
4th October 2017
England will send strong squads to two important underage tournaments later this month.
The players will have the honour of representing their country at the North European Volleyball Zonal Association (NEVZA) Under 17 and Under 19 Championships which are prestigious events for upcoming talent.
All NEVZA member nations, which also include Denmark, Faroe Islands, Finland, Greenland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden, are invited to play in the annual tournaments which are a key part of the European Volleyball Confederation’s (CEV) strategy to develop the underage volleyball across the continent.
The younger age group are up first as the Under 17s travel to Ikast, Denmark to compete from 16 – 19 October. Both the girls and boys teams will benefit from having players who experienced the tournament last year. The boys secured a fourth place finish, while the girls battled to sixth position.
England will be the host nation for the NEVZA Under 19 Championships, as for the second year the tournament comes to the National Volleyball Centre in Kettering on Friday 27 – Sunday 29 October.
The men’s squad features Dan Thompson and Sam Marsh who have progressed from last year’s Under 17 squad, highlighting how important the championships are as a pathway for England’s next generation towards becoming full internationals. Ben Lucas underlines his potential by stepping up too, while also still being part of the Under 17 squad.
The men lost the Bronze medal match to Norway last year but will be aiming for a strong showing once again.
Successful progression through the ranks is mirrored in the women’s team as many of the squad also played in the Under 17 championships last year. Georgia McGovern, Ellie Austin, Katie Keefe, Leah Blight and Niamh Davies all play above their age group and are in both squads. Victory over Faroe Islands saw the women finish in fifth place last year in a high-quality tournament.
Help the England team by being there to cheer them on. Tickets for the NEVZA Under 19 Championships are now on sale at a discounted rate, compared to paying on the door.
The full squads line-ups (players’ clubs in brackets):
Under 19 squads:
Women: Georgia McGovern (Bristol/Taunton), Holly Bentley (Boswells), Katy Murmanis (Birmingham VB), Ellie Austin (Beach Academy), Niamh Davies (RC Cannes), Anna Keefe (Richmond), Lauren Huggins (Beach Academy), Faye Hills (Boswells), Leah Blight (Ashcombe VC), Rheanne Lord (Sheffield Hallam), Saskia Freitas Schoeffel (Mallory Eagles), Katie Keefe (Richmond).
Men: Sam Marsh (Boswells), Joe Palombo (Team Essex), Theo Lucas (New Forest), Dan Sach (Boswells), Ashley Toomey (Boswells), Zak Chambers (Boswells), Jack Williams (Southampton), Dan Thompson (Sheffield Scorpions), Freddie Bialokoz (Greenhouse EBC), Joaquin Bello (Richmond VC), Javier Bello (Richmond VC), Ben Lucas (New Forest).
Under 17s squads:
Girls: Georgia McGovern (Bristol/Taunton), Jessica Tasker (Titans Volleyball), Katie Keefe (Richmond), Lauren Cadwgan (Newcastle Staffs), Ellie Austin (Beach Academy), Niamh Davies (RC Cannes), Lucy Bluck (Boswells), Remi Knight (Tameside), Leah Blight (Ashcombe VC), Charlotte Wittram (Wessex) , Maddie Wood (Darkstar), Molly Saunders (Ashcombe VC).
Boys: Josh Green (New Forest VC), Andrew Pearson (Redhill VC), Jonathan Drysdale Anderson (Richmond VC), Harrison Martin Lawes (Redhill VC), Ben Lucas (New Forest VC), Noah Goalen (Richmond VC), David Hodson (Redhill VC), Iraj Safaee (Wessex), William Mottershaw (Telford VC Black Country), Yoan Kuzmanov (Richmond VC), James Ledbury (Redhill VC), Tom Falkner Ham (Cardiff Celts).