CEV crowned its first European Champions this weekend, as Russia’s Ruslan Daianov and Taras Myskiv took men’s gold and Lithuania’s Monika Povilaityte and Ieva Dumbauskaite won the women’s title.
Daianov and Myskiv achieved their feat after dropping only one set in the six matches they contested in the tournament, finishing their quest for gold with a 3-0 victory (14-12, 17-15, 11-9) in the gold medal match against Germany’s Jonas Schröder and Paul Becker.
“It feels like a dream and of course we are very happy with this European title.”
On the women’s side, Monika and Ieva took 48 long minutes to beat Turkey’s Bugra Eryildiz and Aleyna Vence in five sets (14-12, 9-11, 11-7, 9-11, 11-8). The pair, which is still young, both at onl 23 years old, will add their snow title to their gold medals at the 2011 CEV U18 Beach Volleyball European Championship and 2012 U19 world champions. Here is how they reacted:
“It feels amazing and I would especially like to thank the many supporters who have been watching the final. The atmosphere here was just great! We still cannot fully realise that we have won this tournament but I can say that we had come to Austria with high expectations. We can truly say that we have made history since this was the first ever European Snow Volleyball Championship and we travel home with the gold medals around our necks. However, there is not much time to party, since after going back to Vilnius, we will be able to rest for a couple of days only before we fly out to Turkey for a Beach Volleyball camp. Beach Volleyball remains our top priority but we enjoyed playing on snow very much and we hope to come back again, possibly for the first World Championship, as we have heard that there are plans to hold one in future.”
Overall, CEV celebrated their results from its inaugural European Snow Championship tournament. The event was televised in 19 European countries, as well as around the world via TV partnerships and internet streaming. Here is how CEV’s president Aleksandar Boricic reacted:
“Snow Volleyball helps us provide more opportunities for players and National Federations. We have been working on Volleyball and Beach Volleyball for many years and we have now added Snow Volleyball to our offer, so that people of all ages and backgrounds can potentially play Volleyball 365 days a year. The event in Wagrain is a role model to look up to in many ways and I hope other National Federations will follow this example.”