London dominate first ever Beach Inter Regionals
17th July 2019
After 106 matches and 27 Golden Sets, London were crowned the winners of the first-ever Inter Regional U18 Beach Volleyball Championships in both the Men’s and Women’s event.
Played in an exciting format, each squad consisted of two pairs. Pair #1 and pair #2 played a dual against pair #1 and pair #2 from another region. If both pairs from one team win…the job was done! However, if it’s 1-1 in the dual then there is a Golden Set to 15 points, with any two of the four squad players eligible to play.
With resounding dominance in the Women’s tournament, not dropping a set the whole tournament, the two London pairs of Keefe/Canevari and Knott/Erminio played the event perfectly. The no. 1 pair were pushed by Wales and the West Midlands during the pool and the knockout stages, but when the final matched them up against the South West they were convincing winners. The South West pairs of Morgan/Hill Anning and Davis/Newton were unable to bring the fire that got them into the final.
Women’s final results:
Pair 1: (LON) Keefe/Canevari vs (SW) Hill Anning/Morgan: 21-14, 21-14
Pair 2: (LON) Knott/Erminio vs (SW) Davis/Newton: 21-17, 21-14
In the Men’s event the London squad played with equal dominance, storming their way to the final winning all their duals. Khan/Soczewka and Bello/Sander only dropped one match on the way, to the Wildcard pairing of Howe/Naydenov, but were victorious in the Golden Set against the Wild Card team.
In the final Huggins and Faulkner-Ham and Lyall/Craig were unable to find the form that led them to the final but did push the number one pairing by taking the first set in the final.
Men’s final results:
Pair 1: (LON) Khan/Soczewka vs (SW) Faulkner Ham/Huggins: 15-21, 21-19, 15-8
Pair 2: (LON) Bello/Sanders vs (SW) Craig/Lyall: 21-8, 21-10
Congratulations to all the competitors, coaches, managers and supporters for helping to create and christen an unforgettable event for the regional squads.
Summary of results below. For full results please see www.inter-beach.net :
2 South West
4 South East
6 East Midlands
7 North West
8 Yorkshire/South West
2 South West
3 South East
4 West Midlands
6 Wildcard Team
7 East Midlands
8 North West
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