Puerto Rico beats
Suriname in Four to Finish NORCECA Championship in Sixth
CHARLESTON, WVa., USA (Sept. 10, 2023)
– Suriname met its goal of winning a set and Puerto Rico finished the
tournament with victory on Sunday at the NORCECA Men’s Continental
Championship at the Charleston Coliseum and Convention Center.
Puerto Rico beat Suriname 3-1 (25-11,
21-25, 25-19, 25-14) to finish the tournament in sixth place at 2-4.
Surname (0-4) finished seventh.
Puerto Rico led in attacks (59-41) and
aces (4-1) and scored 27 points on Suriname errors while committing 20
of its own.
Puerto Rico’s Klistan Lawrence led all
scorers with 25 points on a match-high 24 attacks and one ace. Outside
hitter Axel Melendez added 10 points on 10 attacks.
Opposite Zefanio Breinburg paced
Suriname with 18 points on 16 attacks, one block and one ace. Outside
hitter Ethan Asimia added 14 points on 11 attacks and a team-high three
Puerto Rico Captain Omar Hoyos: “We
have a very young squad, and I was glad we were able to finish the
tournament with a win. We had a lot of tough matches, but I think we
grew as a team. We had no practices coming into this tournament. Our
first practice was the first day of the tournament. Every day we grew
together. We communicated with each other. Our chemistry got a lot
better. I am glad to be a part of this team and there are many
tournaments to come so I am excited about that.”
Suriname Coach Carlos Orta Fellove: “I
am happy. I said at least I want to win a set and tonight we won a set,
so I am happy.”