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Germany libero Ferdinand Tille tests skills on the snow

Germany libero Ferdinand Tille plays snow volleyball as good as he plays volleyball, with two victories so far in the Snow Volleyball Goes Europe event at Wagrain-Kleinarl
Lausanne, Switzerland, March 25, 2017 – 2014 FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Championship bronze medallist Ferdinand Tille realised his dream as he got to test his skills on the snow courts of Wagrain-Kleinarl at the Snow Volleyball Goes Europe international on Saturday.

Tille made an unexpected move of playing at a professional snow volleyball tournament, especially when the club season is heating up.

“I heard about the snow volleyball tour a few years ago, when some of my older colleagues played here and I was jealous because I was busy playing indoor volleyball,” Tille said. “They showed me pictures and videos from these amazing places. Finally, I get to play here for the first time and I am really excited.”

Tille plays for GCDW Herrsching in the German Bundesliga

The German volleyball international teamed-up with one of the big names in snow volleyball, Bene Doranth, gold medal winner from Kronplatz 2016 on the CEV Snow Volleyball European Tour. 

“Bene asked me one week ago if I wanted to play and I said yes, because my team already lost in the Bundesliga playoffs,” Tille said. “We arrived here yesterday, I started with some skiing and then I had about half an hour practice on the snow court before playing today.”

Tille seemed well adapted to the new playing environment as his team already won two matches in the tournament. Doranth/Tille recorded a 2-0 (11-1, 11-7) win over Erik van dem Ham/Hugo Stoltenborg of the Netherlands, and then upset the third-seeded Slovenians Tadej Bozenk/Danijel Pokerskink 2-1 (11-7, 8-11, 12-10). 

“It is amazing,” Tille exclaimed. “It is a lot of fun and the weather is perfect. It is so hot that it feels like beach volleyball a little. Technically speaking, what is new in snow volleyball for me is spiking. As a libero I don’t get to spike, that is why I love playing beach volleyball and snow volleyball because I am allowed to spike.”

Tille shed some light on his plans of rejoining the German national team for the upcoming season.

Snow Volleyball
Tille won bronze medal at the FIVB Volleyball Men's World Championship Poland 2014

“I have to finish my Bachelor’s thesis, so I will probably miss the beginning of the season with the German national team, but I will probably play later on if the coach will appoint me.”

Doranth/Tille will face compatriots Maximilian von Deichmann/Johannes Kessler, while top seeds Michal Matyja/Piotr Janiak of Poland will meet mixed Austrian-German pair of Florian Schnetzer/Paul Becker in the semifinals.

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