Suriname outguns Curacao for CAZOVA survival
COUVA, Trinidad, July 6, 2017 - Suriname recovered from a tough
five sets loss to host and defending champions Trinidad and
Tobago with a 3-1 (25-20, 24-26, 25-19, 25-23) win over Curacao
in their final Pool E match at the 16th Senior
Caribbean Zonal Volleyball Association (CAZOVA) Men’s
Championship match at the National Cycling Centre, in Balmain,
Leading the way for Suriname was Gino Robert Naarden with 22
points, 18 of which were kills while Zefanio Breinburg added 14,
Marc Flu 11 and Keven Sporkslede ten.
Derwin Colina had a match-high 23 points, which comprised 19
kills for Curacao while Raygid Isenia chipped in with ten, and
Shuruendy Valeriano, eight.
Suriname also held the slight edge on kills 47-43 and service
aces 4-1 while Curacao topped its rival on blocks, 13-12 in the
one hour, and 46 minutes contest.
However, both teams continued to be plagued by errors, with
Suriname committing 36 to Suriname’s 31.
With the win, Suriname ended with a 2-1 round-robin record and
ten points, while Curacao, former tournament winners, ended with
a 0-3 record and will now contest the playoff for position
seventh and eighth.
In the final match in the pool, host and defending champions
T&T, with a perfect 2-0 record , but six points after two 3-2
wins came up against 2008 winners, Martinique which entered
with a 1-1 mark and six points as well.
A win for T&T, by 3-0 or 3-1 will secure an automatic semifinal
spot while a Martinique win by 3-0 will put it top of the table.
However, a Martinique victory by a 3-1 margin will see it join
T&T and Suriname with a 2-1 record and the group to be decided
by points won to loss ratio.
The second and third placed team will contest the two
quarterfinals on Friday for places in Saturday’s semifinal from
which the two winners will contest Sunday’s final and also earn
the two CAZOVA spots to the Third and Final Round of
qualification, the 12-team NORCECA Continental Championship, for
five spots to the 2018 FIVB World Championship, in Bulgaria and