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Suriname to host NORCECA Men’s Group M

Suriname defeated Barbados to win last year's first round NORCECA Tournament held in Cayman Islands
Paramaribo, Suriname, June 14, 2013 – The NORCECA second round of tournaments towards the 2014 FIVB Men’s World Championship in Poland continue this weekend at the Ismay vam Wilgen Sport Hall of Paramaribo with the Group M four-team competition.

Teams of Suriname and Guatemala, winners of last year’s first round tournaments in Groups E and H, respectively, are joined by squads from Martinique and Anguilla for the weekend event.

Teams will battle for one spot to next year’s third and final round of qualifiers. However, the team that finishes in second place still have chance to punch a ticket to the third round but only as one of the four second-placed teams of the six events of 2013 with the best ranking at the end of the year.

The competition schedule see teams playing double-headers on Saturday and another match on Sunday morning to conclude the preliminary phase. Then on Sunday evening the first and second place team will compete for top place and the third and fourth place will play a consolation match.

Last year, the NORCECA 13th Guatemala outdueled Costa Rica at their own home to take first place of Group H with a 22-25, 25-20, 25-20, 18-25, 15-13 victory in the final day. The 22nd ranked Suriname claimed top place in Cayman Islands with a 3-2 (25-22, 18-25, 15-25, 25-20, 15-12) victory over Barbados.

The members of the NORCECA Control Committee arrived in Suriname on Thursday and teams will be arriving on Thursday for the preliminary enquiry and the subsequent general technical meeting.

Competition Schedule:

June 15

09:00 Suriname v Anguilla
11:00 Martinique v Guatemala
18:00 Guatemala v Anguilla
20:00 Suriname v Martinique

June 16
09:00 Anguilla v Martinique
11:00 Suriname v Guatemala
18:00 Third v Fourth
20:00 First v Second


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