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16/07/2019 21:00
Slovenia’s Lana Ščuka excited ahead of EuroVolley
CEV EuroVolley 2019 Women

Ljubljana, Slovenia, July 16, 2019. Outside hitter Lana Ščuka is positive that Slovenia’s national team is ready for making another step forward at the upcoming EuroVolley 2019, starting in August in Turkey, Poland, Hungary and Slovakia. This is going to be their second appearance at the European Championship after their historic debut in 2015.

Lana tried herself in the strongest Italian league when she was only 18 years old. She gained a lot of experience playing with older and much more experienced players but as well struggled with living on her own and not speaking Italian.

She believes there are no shortcuts in sports, so she continued her career in Italy’s A2. “I always have to go by steps. I worked hard that season, learning every day and it paid off at the end, since Lardini FILOTTRANO qualified for the elite Serie A1. In the following season, my dreams came true with the invitation to play at the All-Star Game. It has been the biggest joy and honour for me playing there, although I was a little bit afraid, since I did not know how I belong there.”

Following her “step-by-step” philosophy, she returned to Slovenia: “The last year in Filottrano was a difficult one. We suffered many losses at the beginning of the season and the pressure was mounting. I had to clear my mind and find myself again. That was the main reason I returned back home and I think it was the right decision. In the past season, I progressed both physically and mentally. My vision is much clearer now; I want to get back to the best Volleyball.” The ambitious Slovenian will continue her career in Pomi CASALMAGGIORE, after signing a one-year contract, with a possible extension for another year.

Lana wearing the shirt of Team Slovenia during the 2019 edition of the European Silver League.

Most of the players on Alessandro Chiappini’s roster have been a part of the team winning the silver medal at the 2017 FIVB Women’s U23 World Championship that was an important milestone for Slovenia’s Volleyball, helping the sport gain more recognition and increasing the interest for women’s Volleyball in the country.

The 22-year-old outside hitter believes Slovenia can improve their result from previous competitions: “The first European Championship was some kind of reality-check for us. It was hard to compete against the best countries like Italy or Poland, since we had little experience back at that time. They “killed” us on the court, no matter what we tried to do. Now, I know what is waiting for us. I think our pool is quite good – all of the teams are beatable, even against the favourites we can claim a set or two. Our team is quite young and therefore maybe more audacious. You dare because you have nothing to lose. My goal is to qualify for the next round. I have already played at EuroVolley, now it is time to go one step further.”

Ščuka is sure that the right mind-set is crucial to achieve success: “If you have the idea that the opponents are strong, it is really hard to do something incredible. If you dream and dream that you will beat, for example, Russia, then you can take that set or two and maybe even a match in the next tournament. By dreaming you grow and slowly in a few years’ time even Slovenia can find their place among the best teams.”

The 185 cm tall player and her teammates will gather in Kranjska Gora on July 22 to prepare for the peak of this season – EuroVolley, where they will compete with Belgium, Italy, Poland, Portugal and Ukraine in Pool B at the iconic Atlas Arena in Lodz.

For further information, visit the official event website

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