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Belgian women beat France 3-1 in friendly match

France and Belgium will meet again on Saturday
Lausanne, Switzerland, May 12, 2017 – Belgium defeated France 3-1 (25-23, 22-25, 25-17, 25-16) on Friday in a warm-up match for FIVB Women’s World Championship qualifiers that both teams will take part in later in the month. 

Belgium will be Pool D for their qualifiers in Belgium, where they will take on Italy, Belarus, Spain, Latvia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina from May 31 to June 4.

France will play in Pool F in Portugal on the same dates and will be up against Portugal, Germany, Finland, Slovenia and Estonia.

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For French coach Felix Andre, his first match in charge was a learning experience. Starting with Laurianne Delabarre, Christina Bauer, Pauline Martin, Lucille Gicquel, Odette Ndoye and Safiatou Zongo, his team matched the Belgians in the first two sets, using the block well and attacking effectively. They saved three setpoints in the first set and played aggressively in the second, in which they also defended superbly. 

Andre changed things around in the final two sets, bringing in Oriane Amalric, Silvana Dascalu, Amandine Giordano and Bruna Pezelj, with Lucille Gicquel doing particularly well. But the Belgians, led by Kaja Grobelna and Britt Herbits, asserted control and the French were outplayed over the final two sets.

Kaja Grobelna was the top scorer for Belgium with 19 points, while Lucille Gicquel had 18 for France.

Belgium and France will have a second match on Saturday.

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