Over 1,500 volleyball fans cast their votes for Slovenia's best volleyball player awards of 2020. Their votes were completed by those of a committee of experts from the Volleyball Federation of Slovenia (OZS) to determine the winners.
The title of the best volleyball player of the year remained in the hands of Klemen Čebulj. Jan Kozamernik finished second, and Dejan Vinčić third.
"I am very happy that I was named the best volleyball player of Slovenia for the second year in a row and I am very proud to receive this award. Surely this is an additional motivation for training and all the work I have invested in practice. Thanks to everyone who voted for me," commented Klemen Čebulj after the announcement.
The captain of Slovenia's national team Eva Mori won her first best female volleyball player title. The second place went to last year's winner Saša Planinšec, and the third to Lana Ščuka.
“Thank you very much to everyone who voted for me. I am very, very happy and proud that people recognised my efforts and hard work,” said Mori.
For the first time, the OZS also selected the best beach volleyball players.
Vid Jakopin topped the men’s list of the best beach volleyball players of Slovenia, ahead of Nejc Zemljak and Tadej Boženk. In the women's category, Tjaša Kotnik claimed the award in front of Tajda Lovšin and Lana Žužek.
Kotnik said: “It's a great honour to be chosen into this elite company of players. However, for me, this award is also a confirmation of all the effort and hard work in the past, and an enormous motivation for the next year and the upcoming season. I would like to thank everybody who voted for me."
The Volleyball Federation of Slovenia also chose the best coaches of 2020. Gregor Rozman and Matija Pleško both claimed their second consecutive award, with Rozman being the best coach of a women’s team and Pleško taking the honours among coaches of men’s teams.
Main photo: Klemen Čebulj (Courtesy of Matic Erzen)