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First defeat for Tourcoing, Montpellier gets closer to AS Cannes

If Cambrai sank a little more Nantes-Rezé, Montpellier did not give AS Cannes the opportunity to widen the gap in the standings when Sète inflicted on Tourcoing its first defeat of the season.

Montpellier does not let go of AS Cannes. While the Cannois won the tiebreak this Friday at the opening of the 9th day of the Men’s League A, the Hérault residents responded to their trip to Narbonne. A meeting that Olivier Lecat’s players started with difficulty, leaving the Narbonnais to take the lead at the start of the first round but, when it counted the most, the Montpellier were able to raise their voice to snatch the set. After this difficult start to the match, Ryan Sclater’s teammates (13 points) inflicted torture on their opponents with a series of five points in the middle of the round to detach themselves and easily make the break. Vexed by this missed set, Simon Hirsch’s teammates (8 points) took control of the operations at the start of the third round but the Montpellier residents were determined not to delay this match. If the Narbonne were able to come back to a point after being led by four lengths, they finally bow in three sets (23-25, 14-25, 22-25). A fifth consecutive success for Montpellier which, with one game less, is a length of AS Cannes.

Sète puts an end to Tourcoing’s invincibility

After five straight victories, Tourcoing experienced the bitter taste of defeat for the first time this season in the Men’s League A. And it is not a small defeat that the players of Mauricio Paes have conceded on the floor of Sète. Quickly led by four lengths, the Northerners gradually fell behind to take the lead in the first set but, conceding eight of the last ten points, conceded the round. Baptiste Geiler’s teammates (14 points) continued their momentum in the second set, won by a margin of six points. The third round was more hooked, Tourcoing and Julio Cardenas (14 points) not letting themselves be overwhelmed but never leading to the score. In the end, Sète won in three rounds (25-20, 25-19, 25-21), a third success in a row which allowed Arago to climb back up to seventh when Tourcoing remained third, under the threat of Tours which receives Paris this Sunday.

Cambrai regains victory

After three consecutive defeats, Cambrai took advantage of the reception of Nantes-Rezé, penultimate in the standings, to regain the feeling of victory. Upset at the start of the match, Daniel Cagliari’s teammates (21 points) quickly took control to never let go and win the first set. The scenario turned out to be the same in the second round with Adam Bartos’ teammates (12 points) who led very early in the score before being so quickly overthrown and seeing the Cambraisiens soar to the score without ever being taken back. The third set was hung for much longer, Nantes-Rezé remaining permanently within three points of their opponents but without the hope of reversing the trend. Cambrai won in three sets (25-20, 25-19, 25-23) and climbed to ninth place when Nantes-Rezé remained thirteenth.

Friday 20 November 2020
Poitiers – AS Cannes: 2-3 (12-25, 15-25, 25-23, 25-19, 14-16)
Nice – Ajaccio : 3-0 (25-19, 25-13, 25-19)

Saturday 21 November 2020
Narbonne – Montpellier: 0-3 (23-25, 14-25, 22-25)
Sète – Tourcoing: 3-0 (25-20, 25-19, 25-21)
Cambrai – Nantes-Rezé: 3-0 (25-20, 25-19, 25-23)

Sunday 22 November 2020
4:00 p.m .: Tours – Paris

Postponed to a later date
Toulouse – Chaumont

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