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Volleyball: The French lose the tie break against Slovenia in the Nations League (2-3)



NATIONS LEAGUE – In this competition mainly used by the French to prepare the next Olympic Games, the French team lost this Thursday against Slovenia, after having led two sets to zero (17-25, 19-25, 25-23, 25-19, 15-9). Laurent Tillie’s men are still third of this Nations League, before facing Canada on Friday.

After leading two sets to zero, the French volleyball players lost Thursday against Slovenia in the tie break (17-25, 19-25, 25-23, 25-19, 15-9), their second defeat in the Nations League, in Rimini (Italy). Laurent Tillie’s players, third in the standings, have a record of six wins against two losses in this Nations League 2021, which serves as a launch pad and preparation for the Tokyo Olympics (July 23-August 8).

On Thursday, Earvin Ngpapeth’s teammates faced Slovenia, the 2019 European runner-up, for the first time since the semi-final of the Olympic qualifying tournament in January 2020, which Les Bleus had managed to snatch in the tie-break after being down two sets to nil, to then go on to clinch the ticket to Tokyo in the final against Germany.

Mozic, 19 years old and the tormentor of Les Bleus

The scenario of the game in Rimini was exactly a reverse copy-paste: the French clearly dominated the first two sets and were heading towards a seventh success in the Nations League. However, forward-catcher Rok Mozic began to get the better of the French block and turned the match over to Slovenia, who took the next three sets.
At only 19 years old, Mozic finished as the leading scorer with 20 points. On the French side, Earvin Ngapeth, who played the first three sets, scored 14 points, as many as Thibault Rossard. This tournament, which brings together the 16 best nations in the world under a sanitary bubble on the Adriatic coast, continues on Friday for the French with a ninth match (out of 15) against Canada (7:30 pm). The top four finishers in the group phase will play the semi-finals on the weekend of June 26 and 27.

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