NEVZA Day two: England to battle for bronze

27th October 2018

NEVZA Day two: England to battle for bronze

Team England’s will compete for the bronze medal in the NEVZA U19 Championships in the men's and women's competitions after Saturday’s knockout stages.

After cruising through the quarter finals both teams were defeated in the semi finals but will be positive about their prospect of winning a medal.

Sunday is finals day at the NEVZA U19 championships at the National Volleyball Centre. While England will face Denmark in both bronze medal shootouts at 12pm, the men’s and women’s finals will also be contested by the same teams.

Norway and Sweden will go head-to-head in the finals on Sunday. The women’s final will start at 14:00pm, while the men’s will follow at 16:00pm. Having finished second in the men’s and women’s pools, Norway turned on the style on Saturday. The Norwegian men and women advanced through the quarter finals and overcame opposite pool winners Denmark to seal a shot at the NEVZA titles.

Their opponents will be Sweden, after the Scandinavians had beaten Team England in both semi finals.

Another bronze?

After dismantling the Faroe Islands (25-12, 25-12, 25-23) to earn their semi final berth earlier in the day, Team England men were in good shape for their semi final against Sweden They had shown glimpses in their defeat to Denmark in the pool stages what they could do against top class opposition and made a great start.

They got ahead in the first set and seemed in complete control. At 23-18 it looked only a matter of time before England registered the first set. But whether it was concentration, pressure or great serving, Sweden won a run of seven points to steal it.

Buoyed by saving the first set, Sweden went up another gear. They made a blistering start to the second set as England looked wounded from passing up a good opportunity to notch the first set. Sweden soon had the second set and one foot in the final.

Team England fought hard in the third but Sweden were close to the peak of their powers as they continued to control the match. They created a gap in the scores which they never relinquished and sealed the match by taking the third set 25-21.

Team England will need to recover quickly from their disappointment as they have a genuine chance of winning bronze on Sunday. Last year the England men won their first ever bronze at a NEVZA U19 volleyball championships and could win a second in successive years.

The bronze medal shootout will be a replay of their group game against the Danes. That was a dramatic and intense game that they lost 3-1 but were a couple of tight points from taking it the distance.

Tune in to watch their match live on Volleyball England TV.

A rollercoaster ride

England women will fight for bronze in the final day of the NEVZA U19 Championships after a rollercoaster day for Paul Welsh’s side.

A semi final defeat to Sweden meant it is third position England will be fighting for, but there are positives to take into tomorrow. Team England got off to a brilliant start in the semi final, giving Sweden an almighty scare before the Scandinavians showed their quality and made sure it was them reaching the final.

England came out firing and shocked their opponents to get in front and showed the mental toughness to close out the first set 25-23. In the second, the hosts got a stroke of luck as with the set locked at 7-7, the officials noticed a rotation error from the Swedish team and the score was awarded 8-0 to England.

The big lead appeared to unsettle England slightly and caused something to stir in the Swedish players. They dominated the rest of the set and overturned the deficit to win the set 25-21.

With such a chance to get a second set to the good gone, England couldn’t quite match the momentum of Sweden, who kept England at range to take the next two sets 25-18 and 25-22.

The Swedes advance to another NEVZA Under 19 final, while England will face Denmark in the bronze medal match. The Danes were defeated by Norway in the other semi-final. If Team England can find the top form they found at the start of the semi final they could have chance of landing the bronze.

Earlier in the day they had brushed aside the Faroe Islands. After surprisingly dropping the opening set in that one, Team England played some entertaining volleyball as they reeled off the next three sets in some style.

Team England’s bronze medal shootout against Denmark will be live on Volleyball England TV tomorrow at 11.45am. 

Good luck girls!

All set for finals day

Men’s:

5th/6th playoff (10am): Iceland vs. Faroe Islands
Bronze medal match (12pm): Denmark vs. England
Final (4pm): Sweden vs.Norway

Women’s:

5th/6th playoff (10am): Iceland vs. Faroe Islands
Bronze medal match (12pm): Denmark vs. England
Final (2pm): Sweden vs. Norway

Click the link for all information about the NEVZA U19 championships.

NEVZA Day two: England to battle for bronze