Slovenia's Snow Volleyball champions crowned at Krvavec

The fourth national Snow Volleyball championship witnessed a record 27 teams registering for the competition

  • Reigning champions, Tadej Boženk, Danijel Pokeršnik, and Denis Robida, on this occasion joined by Matej Rapnik, retain men’s title at Slovenian Snow Volleyball championships

  • Women's team of Špela Marušič, Polona Marušič, and Anja Mazej celebrated their first championship title

  • A record 27 teams registered for the tournament

  • Denis Robida claimed the men's MVP while Špela Marušič received the women's MVP award

The Slovenian national Snow Volleyball championship took place this past Sunday at Krvavec Ski Resort. The defending champions Tadej Boženk, Danijel Pokeršnik, and Denis Robida, on this occasion joined by Matej Rapnik claimed another gold in the men's competition, while Špela Marušič, Polona Marušič, and Anja Mazej celebrated their first championship title in the women's tournament.

There was exceptional interest for the fourth national Snow Volleyball championship, organised by the Volleyball Federation of Slovenia and RTC Krvavec, with a record 27 teams registering for the competition. Matches on the snowy surface were played across four courts.

The event at Krvavec Ski Resort was a resounding success, with 27 teams registering

In the grand final of the men's competition, the reigning national champions Tadej Boženk, Danijel Pokeršnik, and Denis Robida, joined by Matej Rapnik, faced the young team of Klemen Mohar, Urban-Urh Jakše, and Benjamin Gašpar. The experienced players won by 2-1 (15-12, 16-18, 15-12) after a tough battle and three exciting sets.

MVP of the championship, Denis Robida said; "Playing volleyball on snow is actually quite challenging, and experience counts. I would say we navigated through the competition quite successfully and displayed a solid game. We are quite satisfied, as always".

Urban-Urh Jakše who finished second with his team added: "The competition was very strong, and our strategy was our determination. We fought for every ball as if it was the last one, and that's how we managed to reach the final where we, unfortunately, lost due to a few minor mistakes."

Third place went to the youngest team in the championship, Miha Kosanec, Lan Juvan, and Benjamin Mugerli, who impressed with their performances and defeated the experienced team of Gregor Felkar, Jernej Borlinić, and Nejc Berčič in the bronze medal match by 15-13 and 15-9.

In the women's championship, Špela Marušič, Polona Marušič, and Anja Mazej who debuted in the Snow Volleyball competitions, claimed the gold medal. MVP of women's part of the competition Špela Marušič stated; "I'm happy that we managed to win. We have a great understanding among ourselves, and it was a pleasure to play. The competition was tough, and we had some difficulties making it to the final. Every year, the teams are getting better, and I hope we'll be able to participate in the championships again next year".

Last year's champions Sara Valenčič, Anastazija Žnidar, and Teja Kolbl had to settle for second place, losing in the final 2-0 (8-15, 9-15). "Congratulations to the winners. The teams are definitely stronger than last year, and the quality is improving every year, which is excellent. We'll move on, and next year will be another opportunity, and we'll aim for gold again. A medal is a medal, and we're happy with the second place," Valenčič commented.

The bronze medal was awarded to Maša Margon, Maša Knific, and Ana Marija Grabec who won over Eva Pavlič, Kaja Gimpelj, and Anja Mitrovič by 15-8 and 15-9.