Suriname jumps in front of the package in NORCECA Group M
The home team won against Anguilla and Martinique by score of 3-0 totaling 10 points and meets Guatemala (1-1, 5 points) on Sunday morning needing to win just one set to secure the spot in the final contest. Martinique (1-1, 5 points) takes on winless Anguilla at Ismay Van Wilgen Sport Hall.
At the end of the preliminary round of matches the top two teams will contest the gold medal match for the lone automatic spot to the third round while the two other teams play for bronze
Suriname 3, Anguilla 0
Suriname swept past Anguilla 3-0 (25-11, 25-13, 25-13) in 57 minutes in the opening match of the two-day competition. Overall it was dominant effort by Suriname as they outscored their opponents in all key aspects of the match, 32-22 on spikes, 7-2 on blocks and 8-2 on service aces, while only committing 11 errors to 28 by its rival. Antoine Verny Vliet had 10 points for the winners.
Martinique 3, Guatemala 0
Rodrigue Larcher and Gregory Alpha combined for 34 points as Martinique overcame a tough test from Guatemala 3-0 (25-20, 31-29, 25-22). Larcher ended with a match-high 19 points, included two service aces and one block, while Alpha had 14 spikes in his 15 points total as the French-speaking island showed the better of the nerves to close out the evenly contested encounter. Jeyson Flores finished with 10 points for Guatemala.
Guatemala 3, Anguilla 0
Guatemala used a balance attack to defeat winless Anguilla 3-0 (25-10, 25-15, 25-18) for their first win. Coming off a tough straight sets loss to Martinique, the Central Americans were eager to get a win by a similar 3-0 margin for maximum five points, and led by Jeyson Flores and Brandon Franco with nine points each and eight from captain Oscar Daniel Garcia. The trio of Gerardo Paz, Moisés Santos and Andy Blanco also contributed six points for the winners in the 62 minutes contest.
Suriname 3, Martinique 0
Gino Naarden led hosts Suriname past Martinique in a clash of unbeaten teams, 3-0 (25-17, 25-19, 25-21). Naarden tallied 16 points, including four blocks and one service ace, while Marc Flu added ten, in the 72 minute victory. The host dominated in the key scoring aspects of the match, 40-22 on spikes, 13-3 on blocks and 2-1 on aces to make amends for its numerous errors, 31 to Martinique’s 20.