England girls take NEVZA silver medal
17th October 2019
The England girls made history as they won a silver medal at the NEVZA U17 Championships - a record finish for an England team in a NEVZA volleyball competition.
A fantastic performance in the semi-final saw the England girls overcome the Faroe Islands. The Faroes has topped the opposite pool but England fought their way past them in dramatic style. With a 2-1 lead, England were trailing in the fourth 24-20 but a phenomenal run of serving from 14 year-old Lisa Canevari saw the deficit overturned and the set won 26-24. That saw England reach a first ever NEVZA final and guarantee a silver medal.
The final didn't go the way England wanted, as they faced hosts Denmark. The Danes took the first set but England fought back to win a tight second set. They had trailed throughout the set but England showed dogged determination and quality to overturn the deficit and take the set. The Danes were not to be denied and took the next two sets and the title. It was always destined to be a tense final, as England had already beaten the Danes in the pool stage.
There may not have been the perfect ending for England - but history had already been made. This exciting squad of players produce some excellent volleyball to deservedly take a silver medal. This was underlined with Katie Keefe and Niamh Davies making the competition Super 7 team.
For the England boys, the NEVZA U17 competition was more of a learning curve. They were defeated in all the pool matches, despite getting into some good positions in matches. Most notably, when they were 2-1 up against Iceland, only to let the lead slip. It shows the commitment and determination of the players when after finishing bottom of the pool, they ensured they rose a place in the competition in the 5th/6th place playoff. They defeated Faroes Islands to finish fifth in a brilliant encounter, winning some tight sets to get the win.
It will be the turn of the U19 England squads next weekend as the NEVZA U19 competitions is in Finland.
England 1 - 3 Sweden (26-24, 20-25, 26-28, 14-25)
England 3 - 1 Denmark (25-22, 25-21, 16-25, 25-21)
Quarter final: England 3 - 1 Iceland (25-16, 25-20, 17-25, 25-20)
Semi final: England 3 - 1 Faroe Islands (25-19, 25-19, 20-25, 26-24)
Final: England 1 - 3 Denmark
England 0 - 3 Sweden (12-25,16-25, 24-26)
England 0 - 3 Norway (11-25, 22-25, 11-25)
England 2 - 3 Iceland (15-25, 26-24, 25-19, 20-25, 10-15)
England 0 - 3 Faroe Islands (12-25, 21-25, 20-25)
England 1 - 3 Denmark (12-25, 25-22, 20-25, 22-25)
5th place playoff: England 3 - 1 Faroe Islands (15-25, 25-17, 28-26, 25-20)