12/01/2019 22:15
Reigning European champions Daianov and Myskiv lose Russian derby in Erciyes
CEV Snow Volleyball European Tour 2019 - Erciyes

Erciyes/Kayseri, Turkey, January 12, 2019. The second stop of the 2019 CEV Snow Volleyball European Tour started with the qualification rounds on Friday as Mount Erciyes hosts such a tournament for the third straight year. Thrilling Main Draw matches took place on Saturday at the state-of-the-art Snow Volleyball venue set up at Mount Erciyes, with the courts moved down to the most crowded area of the Erciyes Ski Centre after last year’s tournament. Along with the participants and staff, many lovers of winter sports visiting Mount Erciyes enjoyed the second day of the tournament, thus accounting for a huge crowd of 2,000-2,500 people throughout the day.

Teams will be fighting for the medals on Sunday with the schedule including quarterfinals, semi-finals and medal matches. Live streaming of the two gold medal matches starting at 13 local time (11 am CET) will be available on EuroVolleyTV.

Early in the morning, two Turkish teams faced off in the women’s competition and Dogruer/Ozkan/Ceylan won the game 2-0 after a closely fought second set. This match was not the only derby of the day. Two Italian teams, Lupatelli/Maines/Galli/Zauli and Di Risio/Amorosi/Marinucci/Sasso locked horns as well. Team Italy 1 beat their opponents 15-13, 15-10 as the match-up offered long rallies to the spectators. “Snow Volleyball is a young sport and the new rule is an important move to improve the game. It has increased the pleasure for both the fans and players,” said Lupatelli after the game. “The scenery and the view here are very nice and the same applies to the facility.” The Italians had a difficult journey to Turkey. They missed three flights coming to Erciyes and arrived at the venue just 10 minutes before the start of their match!