England in the medals at NEVZA Beach Championships
23rd July 2019
Photo credit: Andrew Langridge
England put in a superb performance to come home with a gold and a bronze from last weekend’s NEVZA Beach Volleyball Championships in Tysoland, Sweden.
As English volleyball continues its recent rise, Ellie Austin and Katie Keefe were crowned champions in the women’s Under 19 competition, while Izzy Tucker and Lisa Canevari landed a brilliant bronze in the Under 17 tournament.
After easing past Sweden’s second pair in straight sets in the semi-final, Ellie Austin and Katie Keefe faced the Swedish number 1 pair in the final. It was the hosts who started better taking the first set, 21-16. Austin and Keefe showed incredible composure and resilience in the second set to ensure they stayed in the match, leveling the match by taking the second set 21-19.
In a straight shootout for the gold medal, the England women had hit their stride and controlled the set to win it 15-11 – and with it the title of NEVZA U19 Beach Volleyball Champions.
You can watch a replay of the NEVZA U19 Final England v Sweden, courtesy of Beach Volleyball inc.
England’s other pair of Molly Saunders and Alice Brand finished 8th in the U19 competition and will have gained vital experience playing international beach volleyball.
It was double delight for England as Izzy Tucker and Lisa Canevari ousted Finland to win bronze in the NEVZA U17 Championships. After losing out in the semi-finals to in a three-setter to Norway in the semi-finals, Tucker and Canevari were dominant in the bronze medal match. They eased onto the podium by taking the match 21-14, 21-17 and ensured a medal was coming home.
England’s other pairing of Emilia Vakeva-Baird and Kate Hill-Anning finished in 8th position.
In the men’s competitions, England finished 6th and 8th in the Under 19 competition as Jonathan Drysdale-Anderson/Ben Lucas and Tom Falkner-Ham/Bartosz Soczewka had the honour of representing their country.
Meanwhile, in the Under 17 competition the England pairs finished 7th and 8th – and even had to face-off against each other – as Luke Honeybun/Enrique Bello and Jake Sanders/Josh Honeybun were the representing England on the sand.
It was a great weekend of beach volleyball and a big thank you also needs to go to the coaches Denise Austin, Luis Bello, Arsene DeKesel and referee Steve Honeybun.