Montpellier won its 8th French volleyball championship title on Wednesday, the first in 47 years, by winning against Tours at home in the second match of the Ligue A final. The Hérault club had not played in a League A final since 1992.
Already winners of the first round on Saturday in Tours in the tie-break, Olivier Lecat’s men dominated a decisive match at home to be crowned champions of France for the first time since 1975.
The former MUC, which has become MHSC like football, this time clearly won 3-0 (25-17, 25-21, 30-28) after a final set that was nonetheless unbreathable and a fourth ball from match.
“We thought we had everything to do it, and we never doubted”rejoiced Olivier Lecat, the Montpellier coach, at the microphone of the League.
“All titles are fabulous”
Visibly unperturbed by the pressure of this decisive match, the Montpellier team started the match with a bang in their Chaban-Delmas room, with a first set won 25-17, thanks in particular to the great performances of Nicolas Lazo and Nicolas Le Goff, the tricolor Olympic champion.
“All the titles are fabulous, each time when we win, we think it’s the best. There I am as happy as after the Olympics. It’s historic”reacted the central.
“They were better in both games”
After a second set won 25-21, the Montpellier, who also have in their ranks one of the great hopes of the Blues, the striker Théo Faure, let the Tours return to the game.
But if the teammates of Kevin Tillie, another gold medalist from Tokyo, had managed to come back from a two-set deficit in the first match on Saturday, they did not hold despite several set points to come back to 2-1. And it was Javier Gonzalez, elected man of the meeting, and his family who exploded with joy.
“They played very well, even in the third set where we had a burst of prideanalyzed Tillie after the meeting. They were better in both games.
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Tours, champion of France for the last time in 2019, thus recorded a third defeat in as many finals this season, after the setbacks against the Italians of Monza in the CEV Cup (2nd level behind the Champions League) and the Coupe de France against Chaumont.
The TVB, which also has eight French championship titles, was therefore joined this Wednesday evening by its southern opponent, who lifted their title in front of delighted Montpellier supporters.