Suriname qualify second round of ‘Worlds’
PARAMARIBO, Suriname, October 31, 2016 - With the vociferous
home fans spurring them on, Suriname defeated Guadeloupe in a
thriller to advance to the second round of the CAZOVA zonal
qualifying series for the 2018 FIVB Men’s World Volleyball
Championship at the Anthony Nesty Indoor Sports Hall tonight.
The last match of the tournament turned out to best by a long
way and the hosts won a nail-biting showdown for the silver
medal and second qualifying spot from Group B 23-25, 25-23,
25-19, 23-25, 15-11.
The Surinamese, who had lost to Jamaica the day before after
leading by a set and 11-6 in the second, were ahead 18-14 and
19-16 on their way to closing it out in four sets.
But nerves crept into the equation and Guadeloupe battled back
strongly to force the only fifth set of the six-match
However, the hosts, ranked fourth in CAZOVA (Caribbean Zonal
Volleyball Association) and first in this tournament, never let
their disappointment affect their performance in the decider and
they led virtually all the way to sneak home in just under two
Kevan Sporkslede scored an incredible tournament-high 35 points
and Zefanio Breinburg (17) and captain Antione Vliet (10) also
contributed in double figures for the winners.
Loic Couchy and Alexandre Watson poured in 13 each for the
visitors and Kenny Fortune and Rony Sophiyair chipped in with 11
and ten points, respectively.
Suriname coach Verdy Getrouw dedicated the victory to the memory
of Faisel Molijn and the players presented their silver medals
to the family of their assistant coach, who sadly passed away in
a vehicular accident a couple weeks ago.
“We didn’t perform the way we expected in the other two games,
but we really came out and delivered this time” said Vliet.
Guadeloupe coach Ismael Olivier said “we are disappointed but
honoured to be part of a match like this” and congratulated the
Couchy, captain of the tenth-ranked team from Guadeloupe, stated
that his players did their best but just came up short.
The sixth-ranked Jamaicans, who won all three matches to capture
the gold medal, had advanced to the second round of qualifying
for the next World Championship in Bulgaria and Italy since
their second victory the night before.