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France: 10 victory in a row for Sète! Tours – Chaumont 3-1 in big match, forfeit of Narbonne (!!!) and three points for Plessis Robinson

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Only three of the four scheduled matches in Ligue A Round 17 were played on Saturday.
The reason?
Narbonne did not show up to play the high-ranking direct clash against Montpellier and, apparently, some cases of COVID have been detected, but too late to ask for a postponement of the match. However, there are currently no official explanations of Narbonne, who could automatically be defeated 3-0 without playing.
Thus Sète rises to the top of the current standings, capable of winning 18-20 in the tie-break against Tourcoing (who recovered starting opposite Winkelmuller, but presented in sextet the fourth outside hitter Gempin, and it was not enough the impressive 25 points with 70% in attack, 2 blocks and 7 aces of MVP Cardenas.
For the winners, who have canceled 3 match points in fifth set, it is the tenth consecutive win, despite a negative point count (109 to 114), fewer aces (11 to 13), fewer blocks (3 to 7), and lower percentages in attack (50% to 59) %)!
The least defeated team in the championship (and which will be able to return to the lead with recovery matches) remains Tours who, in the big match, has defeated 3-1 Chaumont. The rivals, despite the result, fought, surrendering only to the advantages of the fourth set with an ace from Coric despite the heavy absence of Mergarejo (unavailable for covid, as well as the second opposite Roatta) and the exit of Herrera (who had to leave the match due to a calf problem) at 4-3 in the 4th set. MVP of the match was middle-blocker Aracaju with 13 points, 90% in attack and 4 blocks, while the newcomers Goiano and Palonsky were both deployed in sextet scoring together 23 points.
The picture closes with the 0-3 between the increasingly disappointing Poitiers (with the new outside-hitter Truhtchev who ends up in the bench with 0 points) and newcomers Plessis Robinson who, led by Rouzier (top scorer of the match with 16 points) and Hugo De Leon Guimaraes, MVP of the match woth 13 points, 53% in attack, 1 ace and 2 winning blocks, earn another 3 points and still can dream a place in the play offs.

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🏐| LIGUE A 2021/22 | Journée 17 – Round 17

Friday | January 14, 2022

Nice – Toulouse 3-2 (25:18, 23:25, 14:25, 25:20, 15:12)
| PHOTOGALLERY OF THE MATCH

👉🏼 Saturday | January 15, 2022

• Tourcoing – Sète 2-3 (21:25, 23:25, 25:14, 27:25, 18:20)
Top Scorers: Cardenas 25, Gempin 15, Winkelmuller 14, Loser 13, Bultor 10; Sclater 20, Karlitzek 15, B. Geiler 11, Kreek 10, Gauna 6.
MVP: Cardenas.

• Poitiers – Plessis-Robinson 0-3 (17:25, 23:25, 23:25)

• Tours – Chaumont 3-1 (22:25, 25:21, 25:19, 26:24)

Sunday | January 16, 2022

• Cannes – Nantes Rezé
| PHOTOGALLERY OF THE MATCH

• Paris – Cambrai POSTPONED
• Narbonne – Montpellier FORFEIT

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🏐| STANDINGS (updated on this day)

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🏐| NEXT ROUND | Journée 18 – Round 18

Friday | January 21, 2022
• Sète – Paris

Saturday | January 22, 2022
• Plessis-Robinson – Tourcoing
• Toulouse – Tours
• Nantes Rezé – Poitiers
• Chaumont – Nice
• Narbonne – Cannes
• Montpellier – Cambrai

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