30 January 2023

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France: suffered comeback for Tours and Chaumont. Victory also for Montpellier, Tourcoing and Cannes

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Two postponements and five games were played in Round 18 of the French Ligue A.

After shocking Modena by eliminating them from Cev Cup at 1/8 finals, Tours risk one unexpected slip in Toulouse but, 1-0 behind and then even 19-16, manage to earn the entire stake after having canceled 3 set points in the 2nd set, and having won with the minimum gap also 3rd and 4th set. MVP of the match Palonsky, but also very important is the return to the field of Coric, who had injured himself in Modena (used for the double change in the first 2 sets, and then as a starter in the last two). With these 3 points, the team commanded by coach Fronckowiak returns to the top of the current standings.

Another great comeback was the one made by Chaumont: Prandi’s side goes surprisingly down 0-2 against Nice, and then wasted a 16-9 lead
in the 3rd set but, at a disadvantage 21-23, they manages to level the score. After canceling 4 match points, they win the set 37-35 and then dominate fourth and fifth.

The new (convincing) Cannes finally leaves the last place in the standings. After changing coach
and revolutionized the roster, the new definitive set-up yields the third victory in three matches: an amazing 3-1 on the field of Narbonne, to which the excellent entry of Rafael Araujo was not enough (71% in attack, playing 3rd and 4th sets, for the comeback from 0-2).
MVP with 28 points and 57% in attack was the Colombian Jimenez, well supported by the serves of Sossenheimer (author of other 5 aces) and by an excellent performance of the setter Gelinski.

| PHOTOGALLERY OF THE MATCH

Close the picture the 3-0 of Montpellier over a Cambrai in clear difficulty, and the 2-3 between newcomers Plessis Robinson and the swinging Tourcoing which, with this result, provisionally goes back to 6th place in the current standings.

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🏐| Ligue A 2021/22 | Journée 18 – Round 18

Friday | January 21, 2022
• Sète – Paris POSTPONED

Saturday | January 22, 2022

• Plessis-Robinson – Tourcoing 2-3 (27:25, 23:25, 22:25, 25:15, 13:15)

• Toulouse – Tours 1-3 (25:17, 26:28, 24:26, 23:25)
N/A

• Chaumont – Nice 3-2 (21:25, 17:25, 37:35, 25:16, 15:9)

• Narbonne – Cannes 1-3 (22:25, 21:25, 25:23, 16:25)
| PHOTOGALLERY OF THE MATCH

• Montpellier – Cambrai 3-0 (25:21, 25:20, 25:20)

• Nantes Rezé – Poitiers POSTPONED

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🏐| STANDINGS (updated on this day)

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🏐| NEXT ROUND | Journée 19 – Round 19

Friday | January 28, 2022
• Nice – Plessis-Robinson

Saturday | January 29, 2022
• Paris – Narbonne
• Tourcoing – Cannes
• Cambrai – Sète
• Tours – Poitiers
• Chaumont – Nantes Rezé
• Montpellier – Toulouse

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