Nagoya, Japan, September 13, 2017 – Trevor Clevenot and Barthelemy Chinenyeze led France to a 3-0 (25-15, 25-23, 25-23) win over hosts Japan in the FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Grand Champions Cup at the Nippon Gaishi Hall on Wednesday.
Clevenot and Chinenyeze had identical 14-point outputs, but played with different missions to help their squad earn their first ever win in the tournament. Clevenot was solid in attacks, while Chinenyeze took care of defence with five blocks. Stephen Boyer and Thibault Rossard added 13 points each for France. Takashi Dekita, who came off the bench in the first set, top scored for Japan with 14 points.
In their first encounter at the World Grand Champions Cup, France came up with a straight-set win. France have also extended their winning streak over Japan at world level with their 10th victory in their last 11 matches.Quick links - Volleyball:
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The French side claimed the first set as they hustled on defence to set up Chinenyeze on offence. Benjamin Toniutti went for balance in running the plays, which involved Boyer, Clevenot and Rossard in scoring; but a couple of errors allowed Japan to trail closely. France still got the final breaks to win the set with a slim lead at 25-23. Another tight third set ensued as Japan continued to fight back against France, but the latter still sealed match victory.