Ent. Saint-Pierrez – Etival
This meeting should definitely be classified as an unpleasant surprise. Jérôme Humbert, captain of the Stivalien, was himself “stunned” to see “this failure, the first in eight years”. This is the failure of the leader of the Vosges, Zheny Shao, who could not take the slightest set in the two matches she played against Lucy Gauthier, and then Jian Zeng.
Worse, the Portuguese never managed to disturb her rivals, who were “choking on the serve” and affected by the “atmosphere of the room”. In her two matches, she also reached out to her partners countless times, with the latter having no real solution.
Surprise Camélia Iacob to start
After two and a half months without league matches (and already lost 3-1 in Poitiers), we expected more from Etival, a team from the Vosges that had a perfect season. And although the opponent was not to be taken lightly (Etival won there only 3: 2), Jerome Humbert decided that he had found a mistake in the Normandy system.
Starting with Camellia Jacob, more accustomed to being the fourth player than the first, the Vosges technician probably thought he was doing the trick of the century. Because against Jian Zeng, the Romanian interfered with the Singaporean for a long time, until she brought her to the fifth set. The last round, which, however, will be too much (9-11, 11-6, 11-6, 13-15, 11-3).
“Camellia played very well. It was a bet we made, telling ourselves that Zeng would have more problems with a game like his,” Jérôme Humbert deciphered. Then Zheny Shao, “unable to calm down mentally”, allowed Lucy Gauthier to offer a break to the Entente Saint-Pierre (11-8, 11-8, 11-6).
Shortened break by Czech Hana Matelova, imperial against Laura Gasnier (11-7, 11-6, 11-8), which allowed the Vosges to limit the break … Before witnessing another failure of Zeng Shao against Jian Zeng.
Marie Migot, who was due to play the last match, will no doubt be back ahead of the second leg on Friday at Etival, as will her three teammates. “We will have difficulties when we see the score (3-1) and the average set (9-5). But I know that we have the ability to change the course of the game. In any case, we must please everyone,” Jérôme Humbert is already asking. Etival starts from afar, but meeting Metz (3-1 winner, Saint-Quentin 3-0 and therefore first qualifier) in the final is not impossible. We bet the surprise this time will be positive.
Jian Zeng (N.9) defeats Camellia Jacob (N.24) 3-2 (9-11, 11-6, 11-6, 13-15, 11-3); Lucy Gauthier (N.42) defeats Zheny Shao (H.5) 3-0 (11-8, 11-8, 11-6); Hana Matelova (N.2) defeats Laura Gasnier (N.30) 3-0 (11-7, 11-6, 11-8); Jian Zeng (N.9) wins Zheny Shao (N.5) 3-0 (11-7, 12-10, 11-9).