France’s Earvin Ngapeth (center) says he may not play in France’s opener at the World Championships, but that he does expect to be available for most of the tournament.
Taylor Averill is among the new additions to Chaumont VB 52 for the upcoming season. Keith West of UBC will also be starting his career with the French Ligue A finalists.
Canada opted not to play many of its starters and came up just short in a five-setter against first place France, which won its sixth straight VNL match. Thirty-three errors proved to be too much to overcome as Brazil fought valiantly before falling to Bulgaria in five sets for the team’s third-straight loss in Varna.
Veteran French middle blocker Kevin Le Roux will rejoin his teammates in Varna, Bulgaria after resting last week.
French coach Laurent Tillie will have his full complement of players on hand for the French home crowd in Aix-en-Provence this week.
France will be without their starting outside hitter Earvin Ngapeth (above), setter, and libero for week 2 in Lodz.
Lincoln Williams scored a match-high 18 points, but it was not enough to help Australia overcome 24 errors in a 3-0 loss to Iran. Japan gave away 28 points on errors and trailed France at the net in kills and blocks in a four-set loss.
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.
Multiple upsets took place in the first leg of the round of 12 in the male champions league, including 3 matches that went to 5 sets.
Chaumont VB 52 Haute Marne fought a 0-2 deficit to take down Dinamo Moscow in a heated five-set match.