Norway boys and Denmark girls win NEVZA U19 Championships
News from the Zonal Associations
Ikast, Denmark, October 18, 2013. Only a couple of weeks after the 2013 CEV VELUX EuroVolley drew to a close in Copenhagen, Volleyball was again in the spotlight in Denmark as the country and namely the city of Ikast played host to the NEVZA U19 Championships for boys and girls. The tournament was joined by six national teams per gender with Norway and Denmark eventually winning gold in the boys’ and girls’ competition respectively.
The six participating teams were divided into two pools with three each; pool play was followed by the 1/4 finals, semi-finals and final matches.
Sweden’s boys caught a flying start as they downed Iceland and Norway in straight sets in Pool A to advance directly to the semis; after losing to their neighbours from Sweden, Norway got back on track with a straight win (25-14, 25-12, and 25-6) over Iceland. England topped the charts in Pool B after sweeping the Faroe Islands in straight sets and claiming a hard-fought come-from-behind 3:2 victory (16-25, 19-25, 25-19, 25-20, and 17-15) over hosts Denmark.
With Sweden and England pre-seeded in the semis, Norway and Denmark claimed the two other spots as they routed in straight sets the Faroe Islands and Iceland respectively. Norway stunned England in the semis with another 3:0 to get the right to go for a re-match in the final against Sweden who had bested Denmark 3:1 (25-18, 20-25, 25-20, and 26-24).
On Thursday, after Iceland had settled for fifth place beating the Faroe Islands 3:1, Denmark finished their home campaign with a straight victory over England to claim bronze. Norway got their revenge from Sweden as the young players mentored by Japan-born head coach Haruya Indo beat their neighbours 3:2 (25-18, 25-19, 37-39, 26-28, and 15-13) to seize gold.
6. Faroe Islands
“Dream Team”: setter Henrik Aase Hole (NOR); outside hitters Victor Lindberg (SWE) and Mads Møllgaard (DEN); middle blockers Rune Fasteland (NOR) and Benjamin Engström (SWE); libero Mathias Spendrup Petersen (DEN); MVP: Victor Lindberg (SWE)
The girls’ competition was played with the same format. Sweden topped the charts of Pool A after a straight victory over the Faroe Islands and a 3:2 win over hosts Denmark to make the semis by-passing the 1/4 finals while Norway downed England and Iceland in straight sets to finish first in Pool B. In the 1/4 finals Denmark easily edged Iceland (25-16, 25-16, and 25-14) while the Faroe Islands caused a sensation as they beat England 15-13 at the tie-break after coming back from 1:2 in sets.
The local heroines of Denmark continued their triumphal march by routing Norway in the semis (25-19, 25-22, and 26-24) whilst Sweden left no chance to the young girls from the Faroe Islands (25-17, 25-8, and 25-14).
With Iceland seeing off England in straight sets to claim fifth place, Norway did the same with the Faroe Islands to take bronze before Denmark edged Sweden 3:1 in the final to get the home party started.
4. Faroe Islands
“Dream Team”: setter Nikoline Maria Mogensen (DEN); outside hitters Nelli Fredriksson (SWE) and Benedicte Maaseide (NOR); middle blockers Diana Lundvall (SWE) and Julie Molin de Blanck (DEN); libero Laura Brix (DEN); MVP: Nelli Fredriksson (SWE)