08. 05. 2019

FRA M: Tours halfway to title repeat, extending immense winning streak

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

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The titleholders Tours escaped defeat to Chaumont in Game 1 of the 2018/19 French Men’s Volleyball Championship finals.


 

Tours had a comfortable 2-0 lead in Game 1 of the 2018/19 Ligue A Masculine playoff finals on the road against the sixth seed Chaumont but still was forced to seek victory in the tie-break: 3-2 (25-22, 25-22, 16-25, 23-25, 15-12). Either way, the top seed Tours extended their winning streak in the French top division to 25 games, not suffering a loss since October 27, 2018! And that loss came exactly to their rivals in the playoff finals, Chaumont. But, regardless of this, Chaumont’s luck in final matches against Tours is definitely bad as they lost on both occasions when these two met for some trophy - (2017/18 French Championship finals and 2018/19 French Cup final).

The Latvian opposite hitter Hermans Egleskalns top-scored for Tours with 24 points. The middle blocker Barthélémy Chinenyeze had a highly effective attack – 86% (12/14, blocked twice). As for Chaumont, the Bulgarian Martin Atanasov scored 23 points of which 7 came from the service line! Spaniard Jorge Fernández set up 5 kill blocks.

Tours now have two opportunities, both at home, to close the series and win an eighth league title – on May 10 and, if necessary, on May 11.

2018/19 Ligue A Masculine playoff finals – Game 1:

(6) Chaumont – (1) Tours 2-3 (22-25, 22-25, 25-16, 25-23, 12-15), series 0-1

 

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