Success in Slovenia for Tucker/Canevari and Bello/Soczewka
6th September 2021
The CEV U18 Beach Volleyball European Championship took place last week, from the 2nd to the 5th of September, in Ljubljana, Slovenia. England teams, Isabelle Tucker & Lisa Canevari and Enrique Bello & Peter Soczewka flew out with their coaches, Will McDonald and Przemek Soczewka and their head of delegation, Iwona Grabon, to compete.
Both teams put on a brilliant performance and did English volleyball proud.
Isabelle Tucker & Lisa Canevari
Isabelle and Lisa started the competition in Pool H, up against Bulgaria’s Gavrailova/Babacheva for their first match. They got off to a strong start, beating the Bulgarian team 0-2 (21-4, 21-5). The pair narrowly lost in their second match against Austria's Bruckner/Hohenauer 1-2 (19-21, 21-17, 10-15). Isabelle and Lisa brought it back for their third match against the Czech Republic’s Pavelková/Pavelková, who they fought off and beat 2-0 (18-21, 19-21).
The team’s success in the pool stages continued into Round 1 when they came up against Slovakia’s Majernikova/Micianikova, winning 2-0 (21-17, 21-16). They were then stopped in their tracks by Poland’s Kielak/Ciezkowska, 2-1 (21-15, 18-21, 15-12).
After putting up an impressive fight, Isabelle and Lisa finished in 9th place.
Enrique Bello & Peter Soczewka
Enrique and Peter began the competition in Pool C, where they played against Kos pair Salihu/Shabani, winning 2-0 (21-13, 21-6). The team’s second match against was against Slovenia’s Okorn/Najdič. They maneged to holf the Slovenians off, winning 2-1 (23-21, 19-21, 15-8). Enrique and Peter missed out in their third match 2-0 (21-5, 21-19), to the eventual 4th place team Latvia’s Fokerots/Auzins.
The pair then advanced into Round 1, where they were up against Swizerland’s Breer/Steinmann. They narrowly missed out 1-2 (21-13, 18-21, 15-17), bringing the competition to an end for them.
Enrique and Peter put up a strong fight and finished in 17th place.
Well done to both teams on their fantastic achievements in the competition.