#France: Tours, Montpellier and Chaumont ok. Poitiers won the battle in Paris in Round 5
Yesterday, Round 5 of the French championship was completed. Another victory for Tours, in straight sets vs. Ajaccio, Poitiers defeat Paris away after a battle lasted five sets, Montpellier and Chaumont won in straight sets against Narbonne and Nantes respectively.
After the worst start to the season in recent years, Tours gets another great victory, this time at home against Ajaccio. The defending champions literally destroyed rivals in the second set, finished 25:13, and put them to the test with the service, making 11 aces. Timo Tammemaa was the best scorer with 14 points including two kill blocks, one ace and 79% in attack, one point less than Wassim Ben Tara who scored 15 for Ajaccio.
Another battle lasting 5 sets for newcomers Paris, even if in the end it is Poitiers to celebrate, thanks to an amazing performance of El Graoui, author of 29 points, including 4 of the 13 winning blocks of his team. Barreto Silva scored 28 for the home team, while Fukuzawa played a really good game with 20 points and 77%, but this wasn’t enough.
Narbonne fights, but fails to snatch even a set on the field of Montpellier. Mendez was the best scorer of the winners with 15 points and 70% in attack, while Bisset scored 16 on other side.
Chaumont’s home victory against Nantes closes the picture. Michalovic was the top scorer for guests with 16 points, and the only one to reach a double digit performance. Winkelmuller had a superb performance for the winners, scoring 20 points and a fantastic 73% in attack.
As for the standings, Sete confirmed itself at the top, while with the defeat of Paris (which, however, took a point), Nice remained alone on the bottom with 3 points.