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Smedins and Pekmanis triumph at EEVZA Lithuania Open

The winners of the Lithuania Open show off their trophies on the podium

Rokiskis, Lithuania, July 7, 2014 - Latvia’s Toms Smedins and Reinis Pekmanis remained unbeaten during the two days of EEVZA’s men-only Lithuania Open tournament in Rokiskis and won the competition defeating Russia‘s Ruslan Bykanov and Nikita Liamin 3-1 (15-8, 8-15, 16-14, 15-7) in the final. 

The bronze medals went to Estonia‘s Kristo Kollo and Rivo Vesik after Lukas Kazdailis was forced to pull out with injury. He and Arnas Rumsevicius gave their home crowd much to cheer, however, as they advanced to the semifinals. 

“We are glad to win the silver medals,” Liamin said.  “It was my first European beach volleyball tournament as I mostly play indoors.  All the matches we have played here were tough and lasted for four or five sets as the level of participating teams was pretty even.”

Rumsevicius and Kazdailis impressed in front of their home fans, most notable with a win against FIVB Anapa Open winners Martins Plavins and Aleksandrs Solovejs from Latvia.

“We managed to defeat the opponents because we felt no stress and were rather relaxed,” Rumsevicius said. “We did not expect to win against Plavins and Solovejs.  We were just happy having the opportunity to compete with such a top-level team and wanted to play a good game in front of our fans.”

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