16-24 April, Kriens, Switzerland
Final:  England 3-0  Belgium
Nathan Lake bt Tom de
11/3, 11/8, 11/8
Emily Whitlock bt Nele Gilis
11/5, 11/3, 11/2
Declan James bt Jan Van den Herrewegen 11/9, 11/8
England complete the clean sweep
seeds and defending champions England duly retained the
European U19 team title as their Individual champions Nathan
Lake and Emily Whitlock put paid to the hopes of first-time
on was Lake, who beat Tom de Mulder in straight games, then
Whitlock was her usual efficient self as she beat Nele Gilis
with increasing authority, leaving Declan James to mop up
the dead rubber.
Earlier the Czech Republic recorded their best-ever finish
with a 2-1 victory over third seeds France.
 England 3-0  Czech Republic
Lake 3-0 Daniel Mekbib
11-8, 11-4, 11-6
James Earles 2-0 Lukas Levinsky
Emily Whitlock 3-0 Tereza Svobodova 11-3, 11-2, 11-3
 Belgium 2-1
Tom De Mulder
3-0 Jerome Dadot
11-6, 11-5, 11-3
Jan Vd. Herrewegen 3-1 Alex Cogno 6-11, 11-6, 11-7, 11-7
Nele Gilis 1-3 Melissa Alves
8-11, 9-11, 3-11
Spain 2-1 Switzerland, Wales 3-0 Germany
Top seeds to contest team final
It will be the top two seeds who contest the final of the
team championship in Kriens after contrasting quarter and
semi-final matches today.
Defending champions England, able to call on both individual
champions and the second and third-placed boys, cruised past
Spain in the quarter-finals and then surprise semi-finalists
Czech Republic in the evening's semis.
Second seeds Belgium took a harder route, beating Germany
2-1 in the quarter-finals and then getting past third seeds
France by the same scoreline in the semi-finals.
It all came down to a decider between Jan Van den Herrewegen
and Alexandre Cogno ... the Belgian report follows ...
A first for Belgium
Today the Belgian U19 team wrote history. For the first time
Belgium reached the final in the European team
championships, beating France in the semi-final.
Tom De Mulder opened the fight, playing relentless
squash. The Frenchman Jerome Dadot couldn’t cope with
the pressure of Tom’s game. He took the match 3-0.
Next up was Nele Gilis against Melissa Alves.
In the beginning both players were playing good competitive
squash. But soon Nele wasn’t able to handle Melissa’s pace.
She was too strong for the 15 year old from Belgium.
Then at 1-1 in matches, Jan Van den Herrewegen had to
play the decider against Alex Cogno. There was a lot
of pressure on Jan, since he lost against the Frenchman 3-1
in the individual championships five days earlier.
In the first set it seemed like Alexandre was in control of
the match and played at a very high pace. But in the second
Jan played more accurately. He kept the ball more in the
back of the court, giving him more opportunities and more
control in the match.
After winning the second, he continued playing steady in the
third. Soon the Frenchman became tired, he couldn’t handle
the pressure anymore and started making a lot of errors. In
the fourth, Jan kept playing good squash while his opponent
was hitting the tin too often.
After a great exciting match, Jan won 3-1. That decided the
match and put Belgium in the final for the first time ever.
Tomorrow we play England at 3 o’clock. Their team is very
strong, including both European champions.. But we’ll give
everything we’ve got to beat them ...
The French report
 England 3-0  Spain
 Czech Republic 2-1  Switzerland
 France 2-1  Wales
 Belgium 2-1  Germany
Full Team Draws & Results
Photos from David McAlpine
3. Czech Republic
Day Two Team Results
Day One Team Results
England, Germany, Scotland, Israel, Norway
Belgium, Spain, Netherlands, Ireland, Poland
France, Switzerland, Finland, Sweden
Czech Republic, Wales, Portugal, Hungary
Team Draws & Results
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Whitlock (Eng) bt  Tesni Evans (Wal)
11/6, 11/8, 13/11
 Nathan Lake
(Eng) bt [3/4] James Earles (Eng)
11/6, 11/8, 11/7
Whitlock and Lake deliver English Double
As predicted by the seedings, it was an English double in
Kriens as top seeds Emily Whitlock and Nathan Lake collected
the European U19 individual titles.
Whitlock took a two-game lead over second seeded Tesni
Evans, but the Welsh girl pushed Whitlock all the way in the
third. From 8-all Whitlock earned two match balls but errors
on the volley put Evans level, and she won a game ball of
her own at 11-10.
Whitlock was not to be denied though as
she added the European title to the BJO, British and English
titles she has amassed over recent months.
Lake faced 3/4 seed James Earles, who had taken out second
seeded English champion Declan James in the semi-finals, and
pulled clear in each of the three games to finally land a
Whitlock (Eng) bt [9/16] Elvira Bedjai (Fra)
11/4, 11/2, 11/0
 Tesni Evans (Wal) bt
[3/4] Melissa Alves (Fra)
11/5, 11/8, 12/10
 Nathan Lake (Eng) bt
[5/8] Nick Hopcroft (Eng)
[3/4] James Earles (Eng) bt  Declan James (Eng)
10/12, 9/11, 11/6, 11/8
English aim for double in Kriens
It's down to the semi-finals in Switzerland, and England are
already guaranteed a 1-2-3 (and 4) in the Boys' event, with
top seed Emily Whitlock still on course in the Girls' event.
We'd love to hear news from some of the teams out there
 Nathan Lake (Eng) bt [5/8] Zbynek Standera (Cze)
11/5, 11/2, 11/4
[5/8] Nick Hopcroft (Eng) bt [3/4] Tom De Mulder (Bel)
5/11, 11/5, 3/11, 11/7, 116/
[3/4] James Earles (Eng) bt [9/16] Hugo Varela (Esp)
11/7, 11/1, 11/1
 Declan James (Eng) bt [5/8] Olly Holland (Eng)
11/9, 11/6, 11/5
 Emily Whitlock (Eng) bt [5/8] Hannah Davies (Wal)
11/2, 11/3, 11/4
[9/16] Elvira Bedjai (Fra) bt [9/16] Victoria T-Murray (Eng)
11/8, 11/9, 12/10
[3/4] Melissa Alves (Fra) bt [5/8] Caroline Sayegh (Ger)
11/5, 11/6, 11/4
 Tesni Evans (Wal) bt [9/16] Nele Gilis (Bel)
11/5, 11/4, 12/10
duo seeded for Euro success
England's Nathan Lake and Emily Whitlock are
top seeds for the 2011 edition of the European U19
Championships, being held in Kirens, Switzerland. In the
finals Lake is expected to meet Declan James, who
beat him to claim the English U19 title last month, while
Whitlock is seeded to meet Eales' Tesni Evans.
After the individual events England will be expected to go
on to claim both team titles ...
Belgium, Czech Republic, England, Finland, France, Germany,
Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal,
Poland, Scotland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Wales.
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