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The Mariannes 92, the historic coronation!

Once again winners of Nantes, this time in Loire-Atlantique, Friday evening during the return final of the Women’s League A, the Mariannes 92 of Levallois Paris are crowned champions of France for the first time in their history. The Neptunes of Nantes will still have to wait.

Glory day for Levallois Paris Saint-Cloud. For the first time in their history, the Mariannes 92 are champions of France. They owe it to their new success, this Friday evening during the final return, this time on the floor of the Mangin Beaulieu complex, where the Ile-de-France women were able to overthrow Nantes (19-25, 26-24, 25-17, 26-24 ) after losing the first set. The first also in this League A final for the Mariannes 92, who however knew how to react by winning the following three rounds, with the arrival of this first coronation in the history of the club.

Passed completely through (defeat 25-22, 25-23, 25-19) Tuesday during the final to go to the Palais des sports Marcel-Cerdan in Levallois, where the Mariannes 92 had corrected these Nantaises who had only lost three times this season, the Neptunes got off to the best start on Friday in front of their home crowd in an incredible atmosphere. The Ligeriennes then did not come far from making the break by leading two sets to nothing. Unfortunately for the recent winners of the Coupe de France (in the same way as their male counterparts), despite a large lead in this second set (18-12), Nantes was unable to have the last word against its former player Kaisa Alanko, voted player of the match, and her teammates.

Three finals, only one title for the Neptunes

The Neptunes took time to recover, and the third set clearly turned to the advantage of the future champions, also led by Argentina’s Bianca Cugno, author of a huge match with 22 points to her final score. The fourth set also saw the Mariannes 92, who had finished the regular season in 2nd position for the second year in a row, take off, before the Nantaises, visibly determined to believe in their luck until the end, did not succeed a pretty incredible comeback to get back to 23-23. But for nothing, since on the match point, the last point of the game, signed by the Serbian player Ljubica Kecman, definitively crowned the young Italian coach Alessandro Orefice (39 years old) and his players. In the same way that it provoked the tears of the Neptunes and their international captain Amandine Giardino, only rewarded once in three finals played this season (Editor’s note: They also lost in the final of the Challenge Cup), even if they did not will not shy away from their very first trophy, won on March 30 in Paris at the expense of Mulhouse. First trophy (well deserved) also for the Mariannes 92. And what a trophy!


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