16 April 2021

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France: Narbonne new leader. Wins also for Montpellier, Toulouse, Chaumont and Tours

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Round 15 is played in two days, the last round of French Ligue A before the stop for the Christmas holidays and for the qualifications for the European championships: the next round is in fact scheduled for January 22 and 23, but for some teams the break will be shorter since most of the recovery matches were scheduled from 5 to 20 January.
In the big match Narbonne overwhelmed Cannes in just 3 sets, thanks to an excellent performance in defense and the concreteness of Hirsch and Zanotti in attack. Cannes was in the lead only for a few bits of the 2nd set and then tried in vain a last attempt in the 3rd set, recovering from 9:15 and 22:24 and then yielded to the 3rd match ball.
📸| PHOTOGALLERY OF THE MATCH
With this result, the winners jump to the top of the standings, also bypassing Montpellier (which, however, has 3 fewer games played), who surprisingly gave 2 sets to Nice of yesterday irrepressible Andric (33 points, 62% in attack, 1 block, 3 ace) before winning at the tie-break. The other match that ended in five sets was that of Toulouse, that overcame Cambrai after being down 1-2. Great battle between the 2 opposites: 32 points with 60% in attack and 2 blocks for the 21-year-old Frenchman Faure, 26 points with 63% in attack and 1 block for the Brazilian Daniel Cagliari. Instead, 3 sets were enough for the top teams Chaumont and Tours to win away as predicted respectively against Ajaccio and Nantes (still without Michalovic). In both cases the MVPs were the opposites: for the team coached by italian expert Prandi, extraordinary performance of Herrera (26 points, 75% in attack, 2 blocks, 6 aces), while for the Henno’s team, good performance for Udrys with 17 points, 70% in attack, 1 block and 2 aces.

📌| LIGUE A 2020/21 | Round 15

🗓| December 22

Cannes – Narbonne 0-3 (16:25, 25:27, 24:26)
📸| PHOTOGALLERY OF THE MATCH

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Toulouse – Cambrai 3-2 (25:19,25:23, 22:25, 25:23, 15:11)

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Ajaccio – Chaumont 0-3 (18:25, 23:25, 16:25)

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Nantes – Tours 0-3 (19:25, 19:25, 17:25)

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Nice – Montpellier 2-3 (18:25, 18:25, 25:21, 25:22, 13:15)

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🗓| December 23
Sete – Poitiers
Tourcoing – Paris

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📄| Standings 

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📌| Next Round 

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