Suriname to host NORCECA Men’s Group M
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.
09:00 Suriname v Anguilla
11:00 Martinique v Guatemala
18:00 Guatemala v Anguilla
20:00 Suriname v Martinique
09:00 Anguilla v Martinique
11:00 Suriname v Guatemala
18:00 Third v Fourth
20:00 First v Second