Rumsevicius and Kazdailis are unbeaten at the Euro Championships
Lausanne, Switzerland, March 24, 2018 – Lukas Kazdailis and Arnas Rumsevicius are aiming to keep upsetting the odds at the CEV Snow Volleyball European Championships as they became the lowest-ranked team to reach the semifinals on Saturday.
The CEV Snow Volleyball European Championships is taking 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 are playing for the inaugural European title and a purse of €10,000, in a purpose-built venue that holds 600 fans in one of the most famous ski resorts in Europe.
The Lithuanian duo have now won four matches from four in Austria and they reached the semifinals with a 2-0 (13-11, 15-13) shutout of Slovenia’s Tadej Bozenk and Anze Bahc.
“We are feeling great, it’s amazing,” Kazdailis said. “This is a very nice place and it is fun to play here.
“We will try to go to the final and win the first place, of course… and play better than today.”
In the final Kazdailis and Arnas Rumsevicius will take on the top-seeded Russian pair of Ruslan Daianov and Taras Myskiv.
Another Russian pair, Yury Bogatov and Pavel Rakusov are in the other semifinal, and they will take on Germany’s Paul Becker and Jonas Schroder, who stopped the third Russian team of Ruslan Bykanov and Maksim Hudyakov with a 2-0 (11-8, 11-9) victory.
Ieva Dumbauskaite and Monika Povilaityte have a chance to win another medal for Lithuania in the women’s side of the draw.
They had familiar opponents in the quarterfinal in the shape of compatriots Ieva Vasiliauskaite and Gerda Grudzinskaite, but ended victorious after a 2-0 (11-6, 11-6) win.
“We lost to this very same opponent in the pool phase and that was some kind of a shocking experience,” Dumbauskaite said. “We have known each other for years and I think we never lost a match to them before. I am happy that we could make amends for yesterday’s loss.”
Dumbauskaite and Povilaityte will now take on Latvia’s Alise Lece and Ilze Liepinlauska, who progressed to the semifinals by beating Anna Dostalova and Michaela Knoblochova 2-0 (11-8, 11-9).
In the other semifinal Turkey’s Bugra Eryildiz and Aleyna Vence will play Russia’s Liudmila Dayanova and Maria Ushkova, who needed only two sets (11-9, 11-7) to beat fellow Russians Ekaterina Syrtseva and Ksenia Khakimzanova.