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Swedish women, Norwegian men take gold at U19 NEVZA Championships

The U19 girls' national team of Sweden celebrate after winning the last point in the final of the NEVZA Championship in Denmark

Ikast, Denmark, October 20, 2014 - Sweden’s women and Norway’s men were both triumphant at the 2014 U19 NEVZA Championships in Ikast, Denmark, last week.

Both set a new record for the most number of titles in the history of the competition with the Swedish girls taking a sixth gold medal and the Norwegian boys sealing a fifth crown.

The first day was tough for the teams with two matches each.  

On the women’s side, Sweden and hosts Denmark secured first place in their respective pools with two straight-set victories each. In the men’s competition, the Swedish team was joined by England as pool winners. All four squads qualified directly for the next day's semifinals, while the others had to play quarterfinals in the morning to determine who else would be battling for the medals.

Eventually, Sweden and Norway made it to the women’s final, with the formed clinching a straight sets win over England and the latter needing five sets to beat Denmark. 

On the men’s side, Norway defeated Sweden 3-1 in one semifinal and Denmark matched this result against England in the other.

The third day featured the three placement matches.  In the women’s final Sweden and Norway gave each other a good fight with the Swedes carving out a 3-1 victory. 

Iceland took the fifth after a 3-1 win over the Faroe Islands in the first match of the day. In the fight for the bronze, England put a lot of pressure on the Danes, but it was the hosts who came out on top in three sets.

The men’s final between Norway and Denmark was a tight match from the start with the Danes winning the first set 26-24. Norway pulled ahead in the second however, winning 3-1. Sweden took the bronze by beating England 3-0.  Iceland finished fifth after a 3-1 win against the Faroe Islands.

Final ranking - U19 women:
1. Sweden
2. Norway
3. Denmark
4. England
5. Iceland
6. Faroe Island

MVP - U19 women: Isabell Haak (SWE)

Dream Team - U19 women:
Setter: Nikoline Mogensen (DEN)
Opposite: Isabell Haak (SWE)
Outside hitter: Susann Bech (NOR)
Outside hitter: Anna Haak (SWE)
Middle blocker: Diana Lundvall (SWE)
Middle blocker: Kjersti Norveel (NOR)
Libero: Hanna Remme-Larsen (SWE)

Final Ranking - U19 men:
1. Norway
2. Denmark
3. Sweden
4. England
5. Iceland
6. Faroe Island

MVP - U19 men: Nathan Fullerton (ENG)

Dream Team - U19 men:
Setter: Henrik Aase Hole (NOR)
Opposite: Jacob Link (SWE)
Outside hitter: Oscar Mollgaard (DEN)
Outside hitter: Cameron Carrington (ENG)
Middle blocker: Nathan Fullerton (ENG)
Middle blocker: Sverre G. Flaskjer (NOR)
Libero: Aleksander Sorlie Sorum (NOR)


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