(PULA, CROATIA) It’s a little bit business, a little bit vacation, this week for Lauren Joyce.
The middle, heading into her fourth season with the Varsity Reds women’s volleyball team, is spending this week in Pula, Croatia. The port city, on the Adriatic Sea, is home to the 2106 European Global Challenge.
Joyce is there with England’s under-22 national team.
England opened the four-day tournament on a winning note, blanking an American team 3-0 today.
They play two more American teams before the playoff round begins.
The English side features two holdovers from the 2012 Olympic team, and a wealth of young talent. Joyce is the only CIS player on the roster.
This is the first team England has fielded internationally in a number of years, according to Volleyball England. They say the sport is seeing a resurgence in the country.
PHOTO CREDIT: EUROPEAN GLOBAL CHALLENGE
(Lauren Joyce, second row, second from left)