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.
- Montpellier UC Team Site
- 2017-2018 Montpellier UC Roster
- French Ligue A Site
- 2017-2018 Schedule
- VolleyMob’s 5 Reasons to Follow French Ligue A
After finishing with a 14-8 record and one point behind Chaumont 52 in the 2016-2017 table, Montpellier UC is poised to build on a promising regular season that ended with a Ligue A playoff loss to Nice in three closely contested sets (23-25, 24-26, 20-25). For his efforts in putting together such a viable contender, head coach Olivier Lecat was named 2016-2017 Ligue A coach of the year.
Players to Watch
Setter Davide Saiita, who will again dish out assists for the side from the south of France, will continue to rely on 6-9 (207 cm) opposite Jean Patry, who competed for France in 2017 World League play. Montpellier also brings in two transfers from Ligue A rival Paris Volley, middle Kevin Kaba and receiver/attacker Thiago Sens. Montpellier’s youth movement includes middle Damien Barry, who won’t celebrate his 20th birthday until December.
- Andri Aganits from Stade Poitevin Poitiers in French Ligue A
- Kévin Kaba from Paris Volley in French Ligue A
- Thiago Sens from Paris Volley in French Ligue A
- Julien Lavagne to Paris Volley in French Ligue A
- Thomas Koelewijn to Stade Poitevin Poitiers in French Ligue A
- André Radtke to Narbonne Volley in French Ligue A
3 Must-See Matches
- Montpellier UC v. Sète (Oct. 14, 2017) Home opener against neighboring south-of-France rivals from just 30 km away.
- Montpellier UC v. Spacer’s Toulouse (Oct. 25, 2017) How will Montpellier stack up against the side that reached last season’s Ligue A finals?
- Montpellier UC v. Chaumont 52 (Jan. 20, 2018) Big home match against last season’s champions.
* Indicates new roster addition
- Rei Bassereau, receiver/attacker
- Gustavo Delgado, receiver/attacker
- Julien Lecat, receiver/attacker
- Andrii Diachkov, receiver/attacker
- Joachim Panou, receiver/attacker
- Leo Chevalier, receiver/attacker
- Thiago Sens, receiver/attacker
- Jean Patry, opposite
- Damien Barry, middle
- Kevin Kaba, middle
- Jean Labot, middle
- Daryl Bultor, middle
- Andri Ananits, middle
- Clement Diverchy, setter
- Hugo Caporiondo, setter
- Davide Saiita, setter
- Ludovic Due, libero
- Nadir Douib, libero