2017 CEV European Championship – Men
- August 24-September 3
- Pool D
- Tournament Central
France has released their 2017 European Championship roster, including 16 players from their first place finish at the 2017 FIVB World League. Highlighting the squad are Earvin N’gapeth, Kevin Le Roux, Stephen Boyer and Benjamin Toniutti.
N’gapeth stepped into the French lineup late in the World League but was a dominant force for the squad once he was on the court. He led the finals scoring with 79 points on 68 kills, six blocks and five aces. With this play, N’gapeth was named the MVP of the World League. Boyer was another strong fixture for the squad throughout the World League, in both the preliminary round and finals. He came in second in scoring in the finals with 74 points and first in the preliminary round with 165 points on 135 kills, 13 blocks and 17 aces. Boyer’s serving performance also ranked first with an average of 0.52 aces per set.
Le Roux was one of the top middle blockers in the competition, ranking fourth in blocks with an average of 0.68 blocks per set. In addition, he had 13 blocks in the finals, which was the most among the field. Setters don’t often get the recognition that they deserve and Toniutti was the driving force to the offense and their first place finish.
In the last edition of the European Championship, France took the top spot over Slovenia in the finals.
France is in Pool D in the competition that will take place in Katowice. There they will take on Belgium, the Netherlands and Turkey.
1 – Jonas Aguenier, Middle Blocker*
2 – Jenia Grebennikov, Libero*
4 – Jean Patry, Opposite*
5 – Trevor Clevenot, Outside*
6 – Benjamin Toniutti, Setter*
7 – Kevin Tillie, Outside
8 – Julien Lyneel, Outside*
9 – Earvin N’gapeth, Outside*
10 – Kevin Le Roux, Middle Blocker*
11 – Antoine Brizard, Setter*
12 – Stephen Boyer, Opposite*
14 – Nicolas Le Goff, Middle Blocker*
16 – Daryl Bultor, Middle Blocker*
17 – Guillaume Quesque, Outside*
18 – Thibault Rossard, Outside*
19 – Meliuahel Maile Takaniko, Setter
20 – Nicolas Rossard, Libero*
21 – Barthelemy Chinenyeze, Middle Blocker*
22 – Timothee Carle, Opposite
23 – Mederic Henry, Middle Blocker
24 – Yacine Louati, Outside