Suriname win men's volleyball title
PARAMARIBO, Suriname (CMC):
Two-time reigning champions Trinidad and Tobago (T&T) had to settle for bronze as Suriname snapped a long drought to win the men's Caribbean Volleyball Championship for the first time on Tuesday night.
Up against The Bahamas in the final at the Ismay Van Wilgen Sporthal, Suriname dropped one set en route to a 25-20, 13-25, 25-22, 25-23 victory, to win their first-ever title in the 27-year history of the tournament.
They were powered by Keven Sporkslede who counted 20 points, including 16 kills and four blocks, while Zefano Breinburg and Gino Naarden both supported with 16 points apiece.
For The Bahamas, Byron Knowles topped the scoring with 15 points and was supported by Byron Ferguson with 14, and Princ'tanique Wilson with 13 points.
"I have never seen the players more focused. My 10 years of hard work here has paid off," said Cuban coach Sergio Valdes.
T&T, meanwhile, got the better of arch-rivals Barbados, also in four sets, 26-24, 25-22, 28-30, 25-22.
They had the ideal chance to take the contest in three straight sets but wasted two match points in the third, as Barbados came from behind to snatch the win and force a fourth stanza.