Junior Women Beach Calendar 2015
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England Junior Beach: Girls
England junior girls beach volleyball programme made history by competing in the first ever FIVB U17 world championship, held in Acapulco, Mexico from 15th -20th July 2014.
Pool A: England Vs Puerto Rico (0-2)
The girls got off to a tough start battling through dazzling sunshine, high temperatures with intense humidity in Acapulco on the pacific coast of Mexico. The girls fought valiantly through the tough conditions but their oponents went on to win the first set 21-10 through some strong attacking play. In the second set, England had begun to settle in the match and didn't look phased by the situation, some strong hitting from Kaashoek took the set close to the wire but Puerto Rico were able to see out the second set 21-16 and win the match 2-0
Pool A: England Vs Australia (1-2)
The girls had the opportunity to get back in action later the same day, taking on Australia in their second match in Pool A, once more in very trying hot and humid conditions. The early stages of the match were close as the teams traded points, with the set reaching 20-20 the Australian team were able to make their opportunity count and just edged the first set 22-20. The second set saw a strong response from England who didn't let their first set disappointment affect them and a strong attacking display saw England take the second set 21-16 forcing a golden set, for the first time in the competition. The 3rd set took a similar pattern to the first set of the match, with teams trading points in a closely fought encounter, with the scores close England were unable to force any errors from their opponents strong defence and Australia once again edged the set 15-13 to take the win in an entertaining and intensely competitive match that England were unfortunate to lose.
Pool A: England Vs Mexico 1 (1-2)
England opened the day on Friday with their final match in Pool A against a Mexico side taking to the sand for the first time in the competition. Another hot and humid day on the pacific coast of Mexico welcomed both teams to the court and the temparature only increased with the fierce competition on court. England showing great courage and attacking intent but were just edged out in a tense first set (19-21). The second set saw a strong response from England as they fought their way back in to the match, strong serving from Evans and powerful hitting from Kaashoek were too much for threir opponents and forced a final set by winning the second set (21-15). The final set continued to be an intense battle as both teams traded points but the Mexico side, supported by a vocal home crowd were able to edge out the set (15-13) and finish the match 1-2 in what was an almost exact replica of England's previous match against Austalia, having fought back in the second but unable to make their momentum count losing the third in a tense showdown.
England finshed their pool matches, disappointed with what was yet another strong display but without the result their performance deserved, but also delighted to have qualified for the 24 with the opportunity to get back on the sand the following day.
Knockout: England Vs Mexico 2 (2-0)
England took to court 2 for the second day running against Mexico, knowing a defeat would see their competition come to an end, with this mind England took the game to the hosts, making their previous positive performances count on the court, England took the first set (21-16). With a strong home support roaring on the hosts, the Mexico side responded with some positive attacking play but England showed strong defence, refusing to allow their opponents to gain any momentum. The set continued to be a tense and hard fought battle, with the scores reaching 18-18 England were able to make thier opprtunities count and saw out the second set (21-19) to win the match 2-0 in what was a historic win and an impressive display by England.
England's Yasmin Kaashoek commented after the historic win. “We picked up the pace and our effort and it just showed in the match that we come together and that we are not just a small country in terms of Beach Volleyball, so it’s a big win for us and for our country. It is our first international event and we trained here for five days to get used to it because England is windy, rainy and not very warm. So we have made a lot of adjustments.”
England's Anaya Evans commented "I think that our biggest strength is that we remain together, we do not fall apart. We stick with each other no matter what. We are pleased but not so surprised in our results so far here in Mexico because we know how hard we have worked to be in this place at this special time. We are looking forward to our match with the USA, we’ve had the opportunity to see them play and we know that they are good but not unbeatable."
England now face USA in the last 16 of the U17 world championships at 4pm today (British time) and are one of 10 European sides still within the competition. A win for England will see them into the quarter finals of a world championship, facing the winner of Greece and France.
Last 16: England Vs USA (0-2)
With goals to serve tactically, block effectively and adapt to the level/speed of play as fast, England remained competitive throughout, but the powerful hitting from USA along with effective service were too much for England in what were difficult conditions and England went on to lose the match 0-2 (10-21, 13-21)
The girls played with great credibility and were did not look out of place among some of the strongest nations in beach volleyball. The close matches were tough on England but players and coach will have learnt valuable lessons from the experience and can be very proud of bringing England to the attention of those within beach volleyball around the world