Paris 2024 Olympic Games: the French women’s volleyball team loses in its first Nations League match

Paris 2024 Olympic Games: the French women’s volleyball team loses in its first Nations League match
Paris 2024 Olympic Games: the French women’s volleyball team loses in its first Nations League match

A defeat to launch their League of Nations. For the first match in its history in the Volleyball Nations League (VNL), a competition which brings together the 16 best teams in the world, the French women’s team lost 3 sets to 0 against Germany (25-22; 25 -14; 25-22).

“I think we can concentrate on what we did well,” insisted Léandra Olinga Andela afterwards at the organizers’ microphone. It’s our first in this competition, there was a lot of stress. We will stay positive for the rest of the competition. »

Rather well launched in this meeting which took place in Antalya in Turkey, the Blue let the first set slip away before lacking precision in the second and seeing the points go by. “We make too many mistakes at the reception level,” regretted Félix André, Emile Rousseaux’s deputy, at the organization’s microphone after this second round. So it is difficult in this case to develop our offensive sector. We have to fight, we have to take risks. »

The message was visibly heard by the French women who led for a long time thereafter and came very close to winning the third round, before finally giving in to a team still in search of a place at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

“It’s an opportunity to learn as our coach always tells us,” finally added the number 23 of the France team. Léandra Olinga Andela hopes that she and her teammates “become stronger and stronger” as the matches go on.

Next meeting for the Blues in this League of Nations: Poland on Friday. The French team will then continue with a match against Bulgaria on Saturday and finally against Turkey on Sunday, before flying to Macau (China) and Fukuoka (Japan), where the French will play four other matches each time.

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