All quarterfinals of 2022/23 French Cup were played today, and we have seen a great volleyball.
In first match of the day, started one hour before the others, Poitiers celebrated a great victory in five sets on the field of Sète – 2-3 (22:25, 25:16, 22:25, 25:20, 14:16).
Decisive Brazilian Gabriel Candido Da Silva who, in addition to end the game as top scorer with 25 points to his name, he also contributed with 5 of his team’s 10 aces (and 2 winning blocks). U.S. Bomber Kyle Russell was once again the most prolific player for Sète, but he wasn’t enough. Poitiers’ win, on the other hand, was an upset, as they are at 11th place in Ligue A standings while the rivals, fresh from an impressive victory against Chaumont last Saturday.
Two games ended in straight sets: Tours and Narbonne, both in their respective away games.
Ligue A leaders Tours down France’s defending champions Montpellier (but currently only at the eighth place in the standings) struggling in first and in third set, partially 23:25, 17:25 and 25:27, while a great Narbonne, who redeemed themselves from the heavy defeat in Nice last saturday, won on the field of Saint Nazaire (22:25, 25:27, 24:26) led by Jordi Ramon and the recovered Willner Rivas, who shared the title as top scorer with 20 points each. Nothing to do for Saint Nazaire who, although really a great performance in Ligue A, collected today the third defeat in a row, all in straight sets.
Close the picture another great match played on a high level and, again, to win is the visiting side, Nice, who needed five sets to defeat Ajaccio who, surprisingly, eliminated Paris on Round of 16, and currently at 7th place in Ligue B!
The winners had to recover from 2-1 but, eventually, they were able to win a thrilling game although the absences of three starting players: setter Javier Gonzalez (out until the end of season), opposite Celestin Cardin, and middle-blocker Rodney Ah Kong, replaced by a superb Steven Marshall (actually outside hitter, who already played as libero during the current Ligue A season).
Partially it was 16:25, 25:22, 25:22, 22:25 and 11:15, with a decisive five sets in which Nice legitimized their role as favorite, although a series of great defenses of the hosts, who say good bye to the competition head-on.
🏆| 2022/23 COUPE DE FRANCE | 1/4 Finals
| Tuesday | February 21, 2023
• 19.30 (Local Time) | Sète – Poitiers 2-3 (22:25, 25:16, 22:25, 25:20, 14:16)
• 20.00 (Local Time) | Ajaccio – Nice 2-3 (16:25, 25:22, 25:22, 22:25, 11:15)
• 20.00 (Local Time) | Montpellier – Tours 0-3 (23:25, 17:25, 25:27)
• 20.00 (Local Time) | Saint Nazaire – Narbonne 0-3 (22:25, 25:27, 24:26)