Lithuania claimed a historic gold medal at the European Snow Volleyball Championships ©CEV

Lithuania’s Monika Povilaityte and Ieva Dumbauskaite became the first-ever European Snow Volleyball champions after battling to a thrilling five-set victory in Wagrain-Kleinarl today.

The pair, beach volleyball world champions at under-19 level in 2012, were twice pegged back by Turkish second seeds Bugra Eryildiz and Aleyna Vence.

They eventually held their nerve to triumph 14-12, 9-11, 11-7, 9-11, 11-8 at the Salzburg Snow Space Arena. 

Latvia's Alise Lece and Ilze Liepinlauska continued the Baltic success with a more straightforward 14-12, 11-9, 11-7 win in the bronze-medal match against Maria Ushkova and Liudmila Dayanova of Russia.

"It feels amazing and I would especially like to thank the many supporters who have been watching the final," an elated Dumbauskaite said.

"The atmosphere here was just great.

"We still cannot fully realise that we have won this tournament but I can say that we had come to Austria with high expectations. 

"Beach volleyball remains our top priority but we enjoyed playing on snow very much and we hope to come back again, possibly for the first World Championship, as we have heard that there are plans to hold one in future."

Russia's Ruslan Daianov and Taras Myskiv were crowned European Snow Volleyball champions ©CEV
Russia's Ruslan Daianov and Taras Myskiv were crowned European Snow Volleyball champions ©CEV

Russian enjoyed a better result in the corresponding men's competition as Ruslan Daianov and Taras Myskiv won the gold medal.

They dominated the final 14-12, 17-15, 11-9 against Germany’s Jonas Schröder and Paul Becker. 

"It feels like a dream and of course we are very happy with this European title," they said.

Arnas Rumsevicius and Lukas Kazdailis completed Lithuania's outstanding day by winning the bronze medal match 8-11, 11-6, 11-13, 11-6, 11-3 against Yury Bogatov and Pavel Rakusov of Russia.

A total of 48 teams - equally split between men and women and from 18 countries - travelled to the birthplace of the sport to contest the European Volleyball Confederation pilot event.