Suriname makes winning start to Group M qualifiers
PARAMARIBO, Suriname, June 15, 2013 - Antoine Verny Vliet was
the lone player to score in double-figures as hosts Suriname
swept past Anguilla 3-0 (25-11, 25-13, 25-13) in the opener of
the NORCECA Second Round Men’s Group M Tournament of the 2014
FIVB World Volleyball Championship in Poland.
Vliet tallied ten points, inclusive of nine spikes while captain
Roberto Frits Joval and Gino Naarden added seven points each,
and Keven Sporkslede five, in the victory which was achieved in
57 minutes at the Ismay Van Wilgen Sporthal.
Overall it was dominant effort by Suriname in their tournament
opener 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.
For Anguilla, which was without middle attacker, Staphan Smith
due to travel delay, captain Ian Conner had a team-high nine
points, Sherwin Richardson, seven, Calvin Samuel, five and
Darren Webster, four.
Speaking after the loss, Anguillan captain, Connor was quick to
admit that his team was too slow in starting while their passing
game was also terrible.
Asked why it good the start it did, he replied, “It was not
because of fear for the other team, but more so, a lack of
A pleased, Joval, captain of the Suriname team said he was very
satisfied to get the first match out of the way in winning
“The win will surely boost our confidence level for the other
matches to come, but we still have some areas to work on to
improve our overall game as well,” ended Joval.
Commenting after the match, Anguilla coach Jason Liburd said the
outcome of the match was not what he had hoped for.
“We just were not up to scratch in the match. We did not do a
good job on our passing game and, to make it worst, our middle
attack has not join the team as yet.
“But overall, I don’t think if he was here it would have made a
big difference to us, because we did not pass well at all.
“Offensively when we were able to get in our passes we were able
to score, so it tells us that we need to be more consistent in
what we do,” stated Liburd.
Jerry Slijngard, coach of Suriname said he was very pleased with
the win as it helps build confidence for the rest of the
Despite the win Slijngard said he still thinks he team can
improve in certain areas of its play.
He added, “We need to have much more patience at the net and in
the back court we need to position ourselves better.”