Academy of Beach Sports teams overpowered in Volleyball England National Championships
THE ACADEMY of Beach Sports teams could not match the firepower of their opponents in the second round of the Volleyball England National Championships.
The under-18 men and women and the under-16 boys from the North Devon club were always facing a tough battle.
And although they fought hard, all three bowed out of the competition.
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The Academy's under-18 women narrowly missed out on taking a set off Tendring Technology College who came back from 23-18 behind to win 25-23 before taking the second set 25-17.
Having seen the Academy trouble Tendring, Wessex fielded their strongest team for the second match and were too good for their opponents.
In the last match, against Richmond, the Academy found the teams were evenly matched but they lost 25-23, 25-21.
The under-18 men were great in defence and matched opponents from Wessex and Chadwell Heath but ended up losing 25-21, 25-17.
The Academy's under-16 boys suffered heavy defeats in their trip to London, losing to Wessex 25-5, 25-8 and Ernest Bevin 25-10, 25-12.
Denise Austin, the Academy's coach, said: "It was a tough but positive learning experience.
"These are their formative years competing and, while learning through some defeats along the way, the wins will come more frequently as they develop."
Academy of Beach Sports – U18 women: Millie Constable (capt), Anaya Evans, Ellie Austin, Sophie Watts, Helen Farr, Niamh Marshall, Sarah Husnii, Rachel Fallow, Rebecca Fallow.
U18 men: Sam Dunbavin (capt), Sam Roach, Haydn Lawson, Matt Pollock, Will Hartnoll, Harry Constable, Alfie Constable.
U16 boys: Harry Constable (capt), Alfie Constable, Will Roberts, Calvin Townend, Matt Hartnoll, Torin Lawson.