Suriname Inches Closer to Second Round
SANTA CRUZ, Aruba, November 27, 2016: Suriname moved withing
touching distance of advancing to the second round of the CAZOVA
qualifiers to the 2018 FIVB Women’s World Volleyball
In the third match of the round-robin tournament, the 4th ranked
Suriname defeated a determined Martinique outfit 25-17, 25-22,
25-19. After also beating Haiti the day before, Suriname
probably already has more than one foot in the door to the
second round in Jamaica, with Aruba still to be played in the
Yesterday’s opener pitted the highest and lowest ranked teams in
the competition, but today's match was far from one-sided, as
the 12th ranked Surinamese had to battled all the way
in the 80-minute affair. After trailing 9-16, Martinique went on
a 10-3 run in the second set to cause some anxious moments for
the Surinamese down the homestretch.
Martinique actually only earned their first lead at 3-2 in third
set and the teams then battled point for point until the
favourites, Suriname, changed gears at 13-14 down to win 12 of
the last 17.
The serve was certainly not up to par for Martinique and both
assistant coach Roberto Dinal and captain Soraya Yazza expressed
their disappointment regarding the amount of service errors they
committed. However Yazza stated, “we should be better prepared
and should play better against Haiti.”
Martinique had beaten the 10th-ranked Arubans last
night and would more than likely advance with a victory over No.
7 Haiti in the first match tonight.
“I’m very happy and satisfied with the performance of the team;
our goal is to win the tournament and it all depends on the last
game (against Aruba),” said Suriname coach Eric Aikman.
Suriname's captain, Cheryl Brunings, chimed in, “we did
everything we planned today.”
The second round of the CAZOVA qualifiers is scheduled to take
place in Jamaica in July 2017, while the next edition of the
Women’s World Championship will take place in Japan and this
Confederation (NORCECA) will have six qualifiers as well as
defending champions United States.