France’s Chaumont Volley-Ball club has added a pair of international-level players for the 2018-2019 season, announcing the addition of Bulgarian National Team member Martin Atanasov and Canadian National Team player Blair Bann to its roster. They’ve also added French player Julien Winkelmuller
The 21-year old Atanasov plays at outside hitter and stands 198cm (6’5″) tall, with a measured spike-touch of 350cm (11’6″) and a block-touch of 330cm (10’10”). He saw limited action last year as the youngest member of Bulgaria’s 14-player World League squad, scoring 2 points on 8 swings in the tournament. He will likewise become the youngest player on Chaumont’s roster, as it sits now.
He spent last season with Friedrichschafen in the top-tier German Bundesliga, where he scored 44 points in the regular season and 8 in the playoffs.
At libero for France next year will be Canada’s top defender Cameron Blair Bann, who was voted the best libero at the 2017 FIVB World League as Canada won historic bronze. He replaces Jeremie Mouiel, who left to join Cannes.
Bann also comes from Germany, where he played with Düren last season. He ranked 5th in the Bundesliga last season with a 57.2% positive reception and once 1 the vice-MVP of a match last season. His team finished 4th in last season’s Bundesliga standings.
The team also has added one domestic player, Julien Winkelmuller. He spent lasst season playing in Belgium, where he was the top scorer in the league. That earned the 23-year old opposite a spot in the French National Team training group this summer.