The day after their second loss in the League of Nations against Slovenia, the Blues relaunched the occasion of their duel against Canada and remain in the leading pack.
The Blues know how to react well. As after their first loss in the League of Nations against Serbia, Laurent Tillie’s players did not let themselves be defeated following the defeat conceded this Thursday against Slovenia. But, pitted against Canada for their ninth match in the competition, the players of the France team were delayed in ignition. Indeed, the Canadians were in the lead for most of the first round, during which the Habs never knew how to get past the scoreboard. Eric Loeppky’s teammates (17 points) were up to seven points ahead before a small air gap just before concluding this first set victoriously.
An advantage that the North Americans have long kept in the second set. But, with only three points ahead at most, the Canadians remained under the threat of the Blues who gradually entered their match.. It was on the last turn, thanks to a 5-1, Laurent Tillie’s proteges took control of operations to return to a round everywhere at the first opportunity. Led by Jean Patry and Kevin Tillie (13 points each) and without Earvin Ngapeth on the scoresheet, the Blues took control from the first exchanges of the third set. But their four-point lead did not last very long, the Canadians falling to twelve points everywhere before taking the time to one point ahead.
More consistent during the last exchanges, Laurent Tillie’s players have managed to retain this advantage to turn in the lead after three innings. Glenn Hoag’s players, back to the wall, tried to react by raising the tone at the start of the fourth set but a series of four points for the Blues cooled the Canadian enthusiasm. A series that was a turning point in this match because the Habs did not let go of the reins and took up to nine points in advance. However, it took them three match points to achieve their ends (25-20, 21-25, 22-25, 17-25). A seventh success in nine games which allows the Blues to remain in third place behind Poland and Brazil, who face each other in the shock of this day.
VOLLEY / LEAGUE OF NATIONS 2021
In Rimini in Italy from May 28 to June 27
Ranking (after 9 days out of 15)
1- Poland 21 points
2- Brazil 21
3- France 21
4- Slovenia 19
5- Serbia 19
6- Iran 17
7- Russia 17
8- Japan 13
9- Germany 13
10- United States 12
11- Italy 11
12- Argentina 11
13- Canada 7
14- Bulgaria 5
15- Netherlands 4
16- Australia 0
Wednesday June 9
France – Russia: 3-1 (22-25, 25-18, 30-28, 25-19)
Thursday June 10
France – Slovenia : 2-3 (25-17, 25-19, 23-25, 19-25, 9-15)
Friday June 11
Canada – France : 1-3 (25-20, 21-25, 22-25, 17-25)