All The Action From Today's U19 NEVZA 2016 Quarter-Finals
29th October 2016
Quarter final G7
Faroe Islands and Iceland were fired up and ready for action in the first quarter final match for at the U19 NEVZA championships at the National Volleyball Centre in Kettering.
It was Iceland who stole the first point of the match after a hit out by the Faroe Islands. It was Iceland who took an early lead at the first technical time out, by just one point 8-7. The lead was reversed at the second, with Faroe Islands narrowly leading 16-15. They built on that lead and took the first set 25-21.
Singing from the Faroe Islands substitutes encouraged their team as they took an early advantage of five points. At the first technical time out, the Faroe Islands had the lead 8-1 - an impressive seven-point advantage. Iceland though started their charge and closed the gap to 3 points, trailing 16-13 at the second break. Iceland then overtook the Faroe Islands first levelling the score 20-all, before taking the set 25-21.
Iceland led the match for the first time at the first technical of the third set, 8-6. And, despite the Faroe Islands fightback, which saw the teams, all evens at 14-apiece, Iceland took control at the second technical with a small but advantageous lead of two points 16-14. They went onto seize the set by eight points; 25-17, leading with 2-1.
Iceland took the first point of the fourth set and retained the lead. A rousing fightback from Faroe Islands was not enough and Iceland will progress to meet Norway in the semi-finals this afternoon.
Quarter final B7
Norway charged onto court in the first boys match of the day. They streaked ahead 8-4 at the first technical time out and further stretched ahead 16-7 at the second. Faroe Islands had a run of good play but it was Norway who converted their first set point, after a net touch by the Faroe Islands, to take an early lead 1-0 (25-14.)
Faroe Islands stayed within touching distance at the start of the second set, although it was Norway with the lead at the first technical time out 8-6 and were holding on 16-12 at the second. The Norwegians streaked away, thanks to some big serving from Jarand Ellingsen Roalkvam, to take a commanding lead and to win the set 25-13.
In the third set, Norway continued to dominate going 8-4 up and looked to have the game in the bag at 16-6. Fired up and very vocal at 19-8, they went onto take a clear victory 3-0 (25-14, 25-13, 25-12). They will progress through to face Sweden in this afternoon’s semi-final.
Quarter final G8
The second match of the U19 women’s quarter finals saw England vs Denmark.
The home team scored the opening point but it was Denmark who edged ahead retaining a four-point advantage 8-4 at the first technical. Denmark extended their advantage to 6 points at the second technical time out 16-10 before closing out the set 25-15.
England led 8-7 at the first technical time out, after staying level with Denmark in the opening plays of the second set. England started to pull clear but Denmark regained the ground and led at the second 16-13. England fought through until the end but ultimately Denmark took the set 25-17, to take a 2-0 lead.
With victory in their sights, it was Denmark who had a convincing lead of six points, 8-2 at the first technical time out. They went clear by 8 points giving England a really tough task ahead. But battle they did and they narrowed the gap to 5 at 13-9. But Denmark pulled away again 16-9 at the second technical time out. Cheered on by team mates and a parochial crowd saw England rally but it was Denmark who took the third set 25-16 and the match 3-0.
Quarter final B8
The second boys’ quarterfinals saw England face Iceland, with both teams looking to meet Denmark in this afternoon’s semis.
It was Iceland who had the first advantage in set one. They were ahead 8-5 at the first technical time out and then 16-13 at the second. While England remained in touching distance, it was Iceland who took the first set 1-0, (25-21).
England were the dominant force in set two, quickly building up a four-point lead to 8-4, then extending that by 7 at the second technical, when they led 16-9. An Iceland fightback came too late and England drew the match level, taking the set 25-19.
England were fired up in the third set and looked composed as they stormed to an early lead 8-3. They held their nerve in a few close rallies to retain their lead 16-10. Strong defence and big hits by Simon Arran and Ryan Poole saw England stretch ahead and take the third set 25-19.
The fourth set was evens from start to finish. Neither team could break clear and, while England dipped ahead 16-15 at the second technical, they were neck and neck up until 26-all. A penalty point to Iceland, followed by a red card for their captain, led to England serving for the match at 27-26. A solid hit from Ryan Poole closed out the match for England and they won the final set 28-26, taking the match 3-1, (21-25, 25-19, 25-19, 29-26).