Ligue A Look-In #5: Can Rennes 35 Make a Run at the Championship?

  0 Bill Stadick | October 06th, 2017 | French League, Men's Transfers, News, Pro Indoor

Note: To spread excitement for one of the top professional men’s leagues in the world, VolleyMob will profile each of the 12 teams competing in French Ligue A during the 2017-2018 season. 



After three seasons in the second division, the Rennes Volley 35 side returns to Ligue A after winning the Ligue B playoffs last April, sweeping AS Orange Nassau in the finals. They return several key contributors from last season’s successful run, including 38-year-old setter Kert Toobal, who recently played with Estonia at the 2017 European Championships, as well as opposite Arvydas Miseikis and middle Rodney Ah-Kong.

Players to Watch

Rookie middle Amir Lugo-Rodriguez joins the Rennes Volley 35 side after a successful university career at Long Beach State in the USA where he was named a 2017 first-team All-American. Greg Petty, another former first-team All-American while at Lewis University, transfers in after professional stops in Finland and Greece. Rennes Volley 35 has also retooled themselves defensively with the addition of receiver-attacker Emmanuel Ragondet and Sebastian Closter, who won Ligue A last season with Chaumont 52.

Players Arriving

  • Emmanuel Ragondet from AS Cannes in French Ligue A
  • Greg Petty from Pamvochaikos V.C. in Greece
  • Leo Meyer from ASPTT Strasbourg in France
  • Amir Lugo-Rodriguez from Long Beach State in the USA
  • Sebastian Closter from Chaumont 52 in French Ligue A

Players Leaving

  • Björn Höhne to Universitatea Craiova in Romania
  • Nikola Kovačević to C.S. Arcada Galati in Romania
  • Neven Majstorović to C.S. Arcada Galati in Romania
  • Valentin Bouleau to Paris Volley in French Ligue A

3 Must-See Matches

  • Rennes Volley 35 v. Paris Volley (Oct. 14, 2017) What better way to reengage with Ligue A action than an opener against perennial front-runner Paris Volley?
  • Rennes Volley 35 v. Montpellier (Oct. 21, 2017) The excitement surrounding the return to Ligue A will be on full display in the side’s home opener.
  • Rennes Volley 35 v. Chaumont 52 (Nov. 25, 2017) First match between the new members of Ligue A and last season’s champs will also feature libero Sebastian Closter playing his former team.

2017-2018 ROSTER

* Indicates new roster addition

  • Malick Frederic, receiver/attacker
  • Titouan Halle, receiver/attacker
  • Xavier Kapfer, receiver/attacker
  • Tanguy Nevot, receiver/attacker
  • Greg Petty, receiver/attacker
  • Emmanuel Ragondet, receiver/attacker
  • David Feughoud, opposite
  • Arvydas Miseikis, opposite
  • Gildas Prevert, middle
  • Gerald Hardy-Dessources, middle
  • Amir Lugo-Rodriguez, middle
  • Yenzi Clifford, middle
  • Rodney Ken Ah-Kong, middle
  • Léo Meyer, setter*
  • Robin Neraudau, setter
  • Kert Toobal, setter
  • Sebastian Closter, libero
  • Alexandre Klein, libero


La balle de 2ème set! Chaude ambiance à Colette-Besson!!! 😍👏🍀 #AllezRennes #PlayOffs #LBM @LNV

Posted by Rennes Volley 35 on Friday, April 7, 2017

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