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Dumbauskaite happy to keep making history for Lithuania

 Ieva Dumbauskaite and Monika Povilaityte have already done a fair amount to put Lithuanian beach volleyball on the map with their victory at the FIVB U19 Beach Volleyball World Championships in 2012.

At the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships Mazury 2013 they continued their pioneering ways by becoming the first Lithuanian team to represent their country at such a level.

“It’s like a history event for us,” Dumbauskaite said. “We are the first pair from Lithuania playing the World Championships. I am not thinking about that yet, it will sink in after the event. I am proud that I can be here.”

The pair were unable to repeat their 2012 heroics and lost all three matches in pool play. However, as both are only 18-years-old, they have further opportunities to put their experience in Mazury to use in future age-group World Championships and are likely to feature in senior World Championships for years to come.

With Latvia’s men leading the way in Baltic-region beach volleyball, Dumbauskaite is hopeful her and Povilaityte’s example will help establish Lithuania as the leading women’s country in the region.

“Right now beach volleyball in Lithuania is growing,” Dumbauskaite said. “More children are playing beach volleyball than two or three years ago and I am so happy about that.”


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