Monday, 18 June 2018
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France defeats Algeria for first win

French players pay attention to coach's instrcutions during time-out

Algeria took the slight lead 8-7 with Baadji breaking the 7-7 tie. Teams continued to stay close with Algeria increasing to a two-point lead at the second pause with ace by Kerboua and spike of Baadji. When play resumed France failed one attack and Nedjar served one ace for a 18-14 advantage. Spike by Zouai and another ace by Nedjar expanded the lead to 22-16, but several errors allowed France to tie at 22 with attack by Petro and block by Burel. Spike of Algerian Hosni broke the evened score, but Petro answered back. Zouai and Baadji then scored on consecutive spikes and Algeria won 25-23.

Algeria again was in front 8-7 in the second set with Benkahoul providing the difference this time. The second technical time arrived with Algeria leading now 16-12. France closed within one point 18-17 via spike of Petro but the Baadji responded. France then tied at 22 with spike by Ragondet. Teams kept tied until France won 27-25 via two opponent errors.

France was in front 8-6 in the third set with the attacks of Talia but Algeria stayed close with the hard-hitting Nedjar producing some bombs. Algeria tied at 13 with block by Hosni and ace of Baadji but France responded taking a three-point lead 16-13 capped by the spike of Ragondet. The French team, towed by the spikes of Ragondet and Talia and two blocks by Bruckert, ended up winning the set 25-16.

France took a commanding 8-4 lead at the first technical time-out of the fourth set. The French widened the distance to 13-7 with spike of Petro, but Hosni blocked and Zouai spiked to reduce the gap. Attack and block of Burel gave France room for breath with a four-point lead at the second stop 16-12. France eventually took the set 25-16.


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