Montpellier, winner of the regular season, was surprised at Chaumont, 3 to 1, in the semi-final first leg of the French Volleyball Championship, Cannes going to win in the other poster at the surprise guest, Cambrai, 3 to 1. After a controlled first phase (21 wins, 5 defeats) and quarter-finals dispatched without losing a set against Poitiers, the Montpellier seemed better off than ever to win their first title since 1975.
Everything remains possible since the semi-finals are played in the best of three games, but the Héraultais will have to climb back up against Chaumont, much more dashing than at the start of the season and reinforced for the play-offs by the Italian international Filippo Lanza . The striker was attracted as a medical joker by his compatriot Silvano Prandi, the coach of Chaumont, champion in 2017. Cannes, also in search of his past glory (9th and last title in 2005), confirmed the hierarchy of the regular season by winning in Cambrai, qualified for the first time for the last four. Cannes, second in the initial phase, will have the opportunity to confirm Saturday in their hall.