Junior Men Beach Calendar 2015
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England Junior Beach: Boys
England were represented by Matt Hunter and Ryan Stout at the FIVB World U-21's Beach Volleyball Championships, held in Larnaka, Cyprus in 2014. England had been drawn in Qualification event on the Wednesday of the tournament. The preparation for the event included a two week training camp in Athens, training with the Greek National U-21 team, plus a further week camp in Cyprus, training with the Cypriot teams that were in the main draw of the event.
The England team had mixed fortunes in the Qualification draw, getting a bye in the first round, but were paired up to play the winner of Russia 2 and Cyprus 4. The Russians came out victors in this contest, and showed that the England boys would have a tough task to qualify.
The game started in the heat of the afternoon with temperatures touching 35C, with very windy conditions. The Russians having already played, adapted quickly to the conditions, and took big leads in both sets. This didn't deter Hunter and Stout from putting up a very good fight, with good blocking from Hunter and sound defence from Stout. The Russians who would go on to win the silver medal in the main draw, had too much all round experience and power and ran out winners 21-12, 21-11 leaving Matt Hunter and Ryan Stout just short of the main draw competition and finishing 38th overall.
Again the event gave the English pair a very good experience at playing international volleyball, and now allows them to concentrate on the last 2 VEBT events in Weymouth and Margate, and for selection at the CEV U-20s in Turkey in September.
For further information on the FIVB U-21 world championships, check out the FIVB website