5th and 7th for England at NEVZA U19 Championships
24th October 2019
The North European Volleyball Zonal Association (NEVZA) Under 19 Championships is the biggest tournament of the season for the England junior team and saw them compete against Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Iceland and Faroe Islands. With seven teams competing in each competition, the England women reached 5th position, while the men finished 7th.
Playing against quality opposition provides a great challenge for the England teams and they gained some excellent experience. After being edged out in the pool stages by the excellent Finland and Denmark, who went on to take gold and silver respectively, the England women were left to compete for the 5th-7th spots. There was certainly no to be disheartened by losing out to the two best teams and England went on to win their next three games to finish 5th. The Faroe Islands were defeated first in the group stage and then again in the race for 5th. When England overcame Iceland 3-1 it meant they confirmed 5th place and they will have been left wondering what would have been if the draw for the pool stages had been slightly kinder.
The quality of the England team was underlined when it came to tournament dream team as England's Georgia McGovern was selected in the Super 7.
In the men's competition, England finished bottom, but it's fair to didn't do them justice. In the pool stages, they had a real tussle with Denmark and came out on the wrong end of a five-setter. They also met eventual champions Finland and were competitive. A convincing win against Iceland in their final pool match was their highlight of the tournament but there was disappointment to follow. After such a resounding victory in the pool stage, England slipped to a five-set defeat to Iceland in the 5th to 7th place playoffs. It was a tense and tight affair in which England just couldn't get over the line. After leading 1-0 and 2-1, Iceland took it to a decider that went into overtime and was finally won 19-17.
Their final game against Faroe Islands was a close game too but England were on the wrong end of the 3-1 scoreline. England only failed to notch a set against champions Finland and will know if they could have found a more consistent level, they are capable of winning more matches at this level.
For all the scores and information, you can visit the NEVZA U19 Championships website.
5th to 7th place playoffs:
Sunday 27/10: England 3-1 Faroe Islands (19-25, 25-20, 25-21, 25-22)
Sunday 27/10: England 3-1 Iceland (28-26, 25-14, 18-25, 25-23)
Friday 25/10: England 2 Denmark 3 (25-23, 21-25, 19-25, 28-26, 10-15)
Friday 25/10: England 0 Finland 3 (17-25, 19-25, 17-25)
Saturday 26/10: England 3 Iceland 0 (25-12, 25-21, 25-21)
5th to 7th place playoffs:
Sunday 27/10: England 2-3 Iceland (25-19, 26-28, 25-19, 20-25, 17-19)
Sunday 27/10: England 1-3 Faroe Islands (19-25, 25-21, 18-25, 23-25)
You can get all the information from the competition, including squad lists, live streams and results from the NEVZA U19 Championships 2019 website.