Even where there shouldn’t be pressure, the French team has spoken all summer of the pressure of performing for their home fans in the name of domestic growth of the sport.
French coach Laurent Tillie will have his full complement of players on hand for the French home crowd in Aix-en-Provence this week.
2017 World League Champions France take on a stacked field including Japan, Iran, and Australia.
Clevenot scored 12 points in the World League gold medal match last year.
Mikhailov was one of 3 Zenit Kazan players on the Dream Team. Silver medalists Lube Civitanova had 4.
Earvin Ngapeth (center), the MVP of last year’s World League, will lead France into a home edition of the new FIVB Volleyball Nation’s League tournament.
Cucine Lube Civitanova’s Jenia Grebennikov appears to attempts a block during a match against Wixo LPR Piacenza but in reality, did not.
We pick our first and second all-star teams for the 2017-2018 SuperLega season
Modena beats Perugia in a thrilling 5-set match in send-to-last leg of SuperLega season