Mexico powers past Suriname at NORCECA Boys’ U17

POZA RICA, Mexico, November 7, 2023. – Mexico was dominant against Suriname 3-0 (25-10, 25-8, 25-9) in the inaugural edition of the NORCECA U-17 Boys’ Continental Championship, that started on Tuesday at the Miguel Hidalgo Gymnasium in Poza Rica, Veracruz, Mexico.

The tournament grants four slots for the FIVB Boys’ U-17 World Championship to be held next year.  

Mexico had no trouble jumping to a significant lead in all three sets. Their powerful attacks (39-9), unstoppable serves (10-0), and effective blocking (8-0) prevented Suriname from executing their game plan. Mexico committed 18 unforced errors, while Suriname ended with 23.

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Mexican outside hitter Emi Diaz was its leading scorer with 16 points on 10 successful attacks and 6 aces. Opposite hitter Ricardo Gonzalez contributed 11 points from 10 successful attacks and one block.

On day two of competition, Mexico (1-0) goes up against Honduras (0-1) and Suriname (0-1) will have the day off.

Daniel Fajardo, captain of Mexico said “It’s an impressive victory, the people who came to support us are incredible. We were nervous at the beginning, but we managed to control the match, dominate in every set, and the result came through. We were able to execute everything we’ve worked on. Emi Yanixan did really well.”.

Roberto Benschop, captain of Surinam said “It’s not that bad. This is our first international tournament and the first time some of the players have played for Suriname. Facing the home crowd wasn’t easy. We weren’t afraid”.