Guyana intensifies preparation for South American Volleyball Championship
The National U-23 Volleyball team which is currently preparing for the South American Championships in Colombia from June 18 to 25 under the guidance of national head coach Levi Nedd, recently completed a goodwill series in neighbouring Suriname.
According to Nedd, the team performed very well. Nedd, who also holds the post of Vice President for the Guyana Volleyball Federation (GVF), expressed his satisfaction with the performance of the team against two U-23 club teams from Suriname making special mention of the outstanding defence and attacking of certain key players.
In their first game against Condors U23, the Guyanese men practically dominated the encounter, winning the game in straight sets with a; 25 – 15, 25 – 18 and 26 – 24 scoreline.
However, in a much closer encounter against a stronger Yeleco U23 team, Guyana had to dig much deeper to fight from behind to win in a four-set thriller.
Yeleco jumped off to a lead by taking the first set by a 25 – 23 margin resulting in Nedd making some changes to his line up and general tactics in the game to enable the local lads to win the next three sets; 25 – 17, 30 – 28 and 25 – 17.
Nedd also expressed that the exposure gained by this encounter will go a far way towards the gelling of the team; something he believes will be very vital as we go up against much stronger opponents in the South American Confederation.
He also informed that the entire team is practically the same one that won the Inter Guyana Games in 2015 and as such, they are already used to playing together and have tasted victory as a unit before, something he hopes will add value to the team.
Preparation of the team will continue in Berbice and Demerara separately during the week and the entire team is expected to be encamped over the upcoming weekend at the national Gymnasium where Nedd will continue to work on game preparation and coordination of the team.
Due to and adjustment in the age requirements for eligibility to participate in the tournament, Guyana was forced to make a late adjustment to the team which resulted in a number of senior players becoming ineligible to participate in the tournament but Nedd is still optimistic that the guys can still perform credibly and possibly pull off an upset of two in the tournament.
The entire 14 men team reads: Devendra Latchman, Joshua Jagmohan, Samuel Fraser, Xavier Lambert, Ryon Mangrau, Madan Budhram, Yoganand Dhoray, Kellon Leitch, Leon Stewart, Andy Rahaman, Ravi Rampartab, Samuel Persaud, Simon Orlando Seecharan and Ray Anthony Moore. Levi Nedd is the head coach or the team his assistant is Ian Wills.