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27/04/2020 11:00
EuroVolley home stars celebrated at online Slovak Volleyball Gala
News from the National Federations

Bratislava, Slovakia, April 27, 2020. Due to the coronavirus pandemic and the government restrictions currently in place, the Slovak Volleyball Federation (SVF) has had to cancel the traditional ceremonial gala and presented the winners of the Volleyball Player of the Year 2019 award online. A number of coaches, officials and journalists cast their votes, with opposite Peter Michalovič (NANTES Rezé Métropole) and outside hitter Mária Kostelanská (Vasas Óbuda BUDAPEST) emerging as the eventual winners of the much coveted prizes for the Male and Female Player of the Year 2019, respectively.  

SVF President Martin Kraščenič: “We had an extremely successful year 2019, a truly historic and ground-breaking one for Slovak Volleyball as Slovakia was one of four countries to co-host EuroVolley Women. Unfortunately, the current situation does not allow us to come together as all laureates would deserve. However, I would like to express a heartfelt congratulation to all the winners. I firmly believe that our society and the Volleyball community will emerge stronger from this crisis.”

Maria Kostelanská has emerged as the Female Player of the Year for the first time after enjoying a terrific season

After a long reign of middle-blocker Jaroslava Pencová (2013-2017), an outside hitter appeared on the top of the women’s poll for the second year in a row. Kostelanská, this year’s winner, follows in the footsteps of Nikola Radosová (DRESDNER SC). A dynamic player with a skilful hand, Kostelanská was one of the mainstays at the domestic EuroVolley. “I was very surprised and even more pleased with the award. It was definitely the most successful year of my career so far - with the Hungarian national title, the matches in the group stage of the Champions League and above all the fantastic European Championship in a great atmosphere,” said the 27-year-old Kostelanská, who is going to spend the fourth season in a row in Budapest.