Lausanne, Switzerland, March 25, 2018 – Lithuania’s Monika Povilaityte and Ieva Dumbauskaite were crowned as the inaugural European Snow Volleyball champions after they defeated Bugra Eryildiz and Aleyna Vence on Sunday.
Ruslan Daianov and Taras Myskiv from Russia matched them by winning the men’s competition with victory over Germany’s Jonas Schroder and Paul Becker.
The CEV Snow Volleyball European Championships took place in the Salzburg resorts of Wagrain-Kleinarl and Flachau in Austria from March 23-25. The best 24 European teams per gender from 18 countries played for the inaugural European title and a purse of €10,000, in a purpose-built venue that held 600 fans in one of the most famous ski resorts in Europe.
Povilaityte and Dumbauskaite beat their Turkish rivals 3-2 (14-12, 9-11, 11-7, 9-11, 11-8) in a match that lasted 48 minutes.
The Lithuanian pair are both 23 and their win in Austria is their first major title after they had already won the 2011 CEV U18 Beach Volleyball European Championship and the 2012 U19 World Championships.
“We still cannot fully realise that we have won this tournament but I can say that we had come to Austria with high expectations,” Dumbauskaite said. “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.
“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 the future.”
Latvia’s Alise Lece and Ilze Liepinlauska completed the podium when they won bronze with a 3-0 victory (14-12, 11-9, 11-7) over Russia’s Maria Ushkova and Liudmila Dayanova.
Daianov and Myskiv enjoyed a 3-0 (14-12, 17-15, 11-9) win against Schroder and Becker to confirm their first seed position. The title will sit alongside the three gold and one silver that they won on the European Tour this season.
“It feels like a dream and of course we are very happy with this European title,” Daianov said.
Lukas Kazdailis and Arnas Rumsevicius made it a memorable day for Lithuania after they beat Russia’s Yury Bogatov and Pavel Rakusov 3-2 in the bronze medal match.