Kevin Le Roux Sits Out Again Sunday in Trap Match Versus Netherlands

  0 Braden Keith | September 16th, 2018 | European volleyball, International Volleyball, News


Barthelemy Chinenyeze started his 3rd-straight match on Sunday in relief of Kevin Le Roux at middle blocker, after Le Roux aggravated a thigh injury in the team’s opener and left in the 1st set. That was the last time we saw him at this tournament.

A strong Dutch service run gave them an early 10-3 lead in Sunday’s match in Ruse (currently ongoing).

Chinenyeze had 10 kills in 3 sets in France’s Saturday win over Egypt, hitting 9-for-11 with 1 block. Whiel France’s block has suffered without its tallest player, Le Roux (2.09m, 6’10”), but Chinenyeze  has brught a strong offensive presence in partnership with Nicolas Le Goff.

France ranks just 19th out of 24 teams in blocks so far in the tournament (20), but Le Goff and Chinenyeze are a combined 34/49 this round (69.4%).

France has already clinched advancement to the 2nd round of the tournament, but in this year’s format, their opening round results go with them to determine 2nd-round standings.

Rank Team Blocks
1 CHN 43
2 BEL 38
3 POL 35
4 NED 33
5 FIN 32
6 USA 32
7 BRA 30
8 EGY 28
9 SRB 28
10 SLO 27
11 RUS 26
12 CMR 25
13 AUS 24
14 IRI 24
15 CAN 24
16 ARG 22
17 CUB 21
18 BUL 21
19 FRA 20
20 TUN 19
21 JPN 19
22 ITA 15
23 PUR 14
24 DOM 11

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