After an intense fifth match, Chaumont overthrew Saint-Nazaire and will face Nantes-Rezé in the men’s League A semi-final. Tourcoing, for its part, won in Narbonne and will challenge Tours for a place in the final.
Chaumont ended up having the last word. After winning the first two legs at home and then seeing Saint-Nazaire take advantage of the home field to revive the suspense, Silvano Prandi’s players made the most of the support of their public to snatch their place in the semi-finals of the League. A masculine. Without ever being totally safe, the Haute-Marne players raced in the lead but had to resort to two set points to conclude.
After having suffered the blow during the first exchanges of the second set, Rubinho’s players went forward. If, again, the gap never swelled, the SNVBA only trembled at the very last moment but the first equalizing ball in one set everywhere was the right one. Undecided from start to finish, the third set finally also turned in favor of Saint-Nazaire, who were able to finish stronger.
No longer having the right to make mistakes, the Chaumont players rolled up their sleeves and dominated the fourth set from start to finish to play everything on a tiebreak. While Saint-Nazaire took the lead from the start, it was the Chaumontais who ended up having the last word (25-23, 23-25, 22-25, 25-17, 15-9) and will face Nantes -Rezé in the semi-finals.
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Tourcoing qualified far from its bases
Tours is also fixed and will have to challenge Tourcoing in the other semi-final. While the two teams have each won a match on the floor of the other, the Northerners went to get their ticket in Narbonne. From the first exchanges, the tension was palpable and neither team let go. The result was a gap that never exceeded two points until the very last moment. Taking a three-step lead, Tourcoing then saw the Centurions come back up but lose the next two exchanges and the set with it.
In the aftermath, the Northerners pressed where it hurt and their lead continued to grow in a second round whose fate was quickly evident. If the Narbonnais were able to come back for a time after being led by six points, they once again gave in on the home straight. One round from elimination, the Centurions raised their voices and raced in the lead for a long time in the third set before losing ground and relaunching Tourcoing, who had three match points.
However, it was the Aude players who had the last word, prolonging the suspense. Having touched victory, the Northerners left nothing to chance, concluding with a one-sided fourth set (23-25, 21-25, 29-27, 22-25).
VOLLEY – LEAGUE A (H) / QUARTER-FINALS
From April 8 to 19, 2023
NARBONNE (4) – TOURCOING (5): 2-3 >>> QUALIFIED TOURCOING
Match 1 – Narbonne – Tourcoing: 3-1 (22-25, 25-21, 25-17, 25-19)
Match 2 – Narbonne- Tourcoing : 0-3 (15-25, 20-25, 23-25)
Match 3 – Tourcoing – Narbonne: 3-2 (25-19, 26-24, 21-25, 24-26, 15-10)
Match 4 – Tourcoing- Narbonne : 2-3 (23-25, 25-23, 25-21, 22-25, 10-15)
Match 5 – Narbonne- Tourcoing : 1-3 (23-25, 21-25, 29-27, 22-25
CHAUMONT (3) – SAINT-NAZAIRE (6): 3-2 >>> CHAUMONT QUALIFIES
Match 1 – Chaumont – Saint-Nazaire: 3-0 (25-23, 25-22, 25-21)
Match 2 – Chaumont – Saint-Nazaire: 3-1 (25-22, 21-25, 25-18, 25-22)
Match 3 – Saint Nazaire – Chaumont: 3-1 (25-17, 21-25, 33-31, 25-22)
Match 4 – Saint Nazaire – Chaumont: 3-0 (25-21, 25-21, 25-23)
Match 5 – Chaumont – Saint-Nazaire: 3-2 (25-23, 23-25, 22-25, 25-17, 15-9)
From April 23 to 29, 2023
TOWERS (1) – TOURCOING (5)
Game 1: April 23 in Tours
Game 2: April 26 in Tourcoing
Game 3: April 29 in Tours
NANTES-REZE (2) – CHAUMONT (3)
Game 1: April 23 in Nantes-Rezé
Game 2: April 26 in Chaumont
Game 3: April 29 in Nantes-Rezé