Not so much for Rennes to host a French collegiate sports team. On Friday evening, Les Bleues Salle Colette-Besson delighted the attendees with over 1,000 spectators. Positive enthusiasm for a team that has been in the slums of world volleyball for two years and which has made a leap in the world rankings since seventh place at Euro 2021.
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Blue finished 24th, and thus faced the Portuguese national team, the 46th team in the world, without coach Emile Rosso, who is absent for personal reasons. Without a large portion of ball bearers, such as Amanda Silves, Nina Stojlikowicz or Helena Kazot, who only played one round. Another notable absentee: Lucille Jequel. La Rennaise was not in the field, and it was a staff choice at a time when we are doing an extensive workforce review. But an unfortunate choice of the local stage that invited forty of her relatives to come and see her …
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On the ground, despite the absences, the Hab was much higher than the Portuguese. They only get a few points in all three sets and the score for each round (30-28, 28-26) does not reflect the difference in level.
In the end, for this first friendly match in Rennes, success makes sense. Note the good performance of Lisa Arbos (XX points) or young Leïa Ratahiry, who is only 19 years old. And the exciting entry for Cazaute in the last group.
The two teams meet on Sunday for a rematch, at the same venue, but at 5 p.m. this time. An opportunity not to be missed for volleyball fans
(30-28 by 30′; 28-26 by 30′; 25-16 by 26′).
France. Wagner’s Saqr, Ratahiri, Howejin, Eluga, Moriat, Arbus. Then: Casaute. The libero: Giardino, Gillin. Assistant coach: Felix Andre.
Portugal. Coelho, Helena, Hearst, Durao, Mora, Kavalenka. Then: Ferreira, Silva, Clemente, Hearst, Maya, Calado. Libero: Resende. Coach: Hugo Silva.