NEVZA day 1 update
5th December 2014
In the final beach volleyball event in Europe in 2014, England women’s team Jess Grimson and Vicky Palmer continued from their success from the continental cup round 2 success with a win in the opening match against Finland team Kivilahti /Tuomola 21-19, 21-17. The following match saw Sport England TASS athletes Ellie Cranch and Millie Constable making their England senior beach debut as they took on 5th seeded team Trans / Sondergard from Denmark with the Danish side proving too strong and were eventual winners 21-9, 21-6.
Top seeds Lehtonen/Lahti winning both of their matches from the first day and move onto day 2 along with second seed Grawender / Lundqist from Sweden, both in a good position for another strong NEVZA result.
The men’s competition kicked off with England’s Carl Butcher and Mark Garcia-Kidd, both making their England senior debut, taking on the top seed team of Horrem / Eithun from Norway. The experience of the Norwegians was enough to see off the strong challenge from England and they won the match 21-17, 21-13. The next match was an all English encounter with Sheaf / Gregory facing Smith / Batrane, with Batrane also making his senior debut. The experience of Sheaf / Gregory saw them to a 21-11, 21-9 victory. In an all Norway clash, 3rd seeds Hordvik / Usken were able to overcome their compatriots Johansen / Johansen 21-13, 21-11 who successfully move into the second day unbeaten.
Mark Garcia-Kidd “It was a great experience to play in a senior competition and to understand the level and standard of international teams. We will learn from this and come back better and stronger next year”
Top seeds Horrem / Eithun from Norway have made it through to the second day undefeated whilst 2nd seeds Olesen / Kildegaard from Denmark lost out to Viljamaa and Siren from Finland and will have to make their way through the losers bracket along with home team Gregory / Sheaf who lost out to Bergerud / Solhaug earlier in the day.
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