03. 05. 2019

FRA M: Tours advance to finals, Ajaccio tie series with Chaumont

Source: lnv.fr, lequipe.fr; Photo: Tours Volley Ball/Facebook

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Tours is the first team to secure a place in the 2018/19 French Men’s Volleyball Championship finals.

 

The reigning champions and regular season winners Tours dominated over the No.5 seed Nice in Game 2 of the 2018/19 Ligue A Masculine playoff semifinals (3-0: 25-23, 25-16, 25- 17) to close the series at 2-0 and advance to the finals. The elimination of Nice, the club with the smallest budget in the league, from the playoffs brings an era of their head coach Mladen Kašić to an end. The Croatian expert was at the helm of Nice for 19 years. Next season, he will coach Sète.

Cameroonian Nathan Wounembaina top-scored for Tours with 14 points, making 77% positive reception (13 digs, 1 error, 46% excellent).

In the finals, Tours will face the winners of the match-up between the second seed Ajaccio and No.6 seed Chaumont. Ajaccio tied the semifinal series at 1-1 with a 3-1 victory in Game 2.

Timothée Carle notched 22 points (4 aces) for the winning side. Canadian Brett Dailey set up 6 kill blocks, while Jean-François Exiga made 89% positive reception (19 digs, 21% excellent).

2018/19 Ligue A Masculine playoff semifinals – Game 2:

(2) Ajaccio – (6) Chaumont 3-1 (25-16, 25-17, 20-25, 25-20), series 1-1

(1) Tours – (5) Nice 3-0 (25-23, 25-16, 25- 17), series 2-0

 

 

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