What's up: Looking forward to the EUSA Beach Volleyball Championship

What's up: Looking forward to the EUSA Beach Volleyball Championship

In this What’s Up Column we are talking with a local student, hoping for good results and a great experience at the upcoming European Universities Beach Volleyball Championship in Koper (Slovenia) this summer.

A 21-year-old Luka Steblaj is a student of Applied Kinesiology at the University of Primorska. He started playing volleyball in elementary school and continued playing it all through high school. He trained and competed for volleyball club in Kranj for 6 years, but stopped training regularly once he started his university studies.

Local championship medallists

For the first two years in Koper, he only played for fun with friends and in recreational student tournaments. But in December, he also started playing beach volleyball with his teammate Jernej Plesa. They started training a little more seriously and entered a few student tournaments. They played a few tournaments in Koper, went to international student tournament in Israel, in the end of June they are going to Salzburg to another tournament and in July, they are playing in Koper in the European Universities Championship.

Luka Steblaj

When asked how did he and his teammate end up playing together Luka explained: »We have been good friends for quite a long time, we trained volleyball together in Kranj for a few years and went to the same University here in Koper. Here we are classmates and roommates. In December, the University sport association of Primorska (USZP) organised a beach volleyball tournament. The winner of this tournament would go and compete for the university in a tournament in Israel. Since we both trained and like playing beach volleyball we decided to go to and compete as a team. We won that tournament and in March of this year we competed in the 51st ASA Games in Israel.«

European Universities Beach Volleyball Championship

They love the sport and can't wait to compete on their home ground in EUC Beach Volleyball. In order to show their best game, they are planning on some more tournament until then as preparation for EUSA competition.

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