IGG: Guyana’s males; Suriname’s females win volleyball gold
By Avenash Ramzan
Guyana’s male volleyballers are assured of gold, while their female counterparts will have to settle for silver following action on day two of the Inter-Guiana Goodwill Games at the National Gymnasium, Mandela Avenue, on Saturday afternoon.
While the males again made a clean sweep in round two against Suriname, Guyana’s females again lost in straight sets to their Dutch-speaking neighbours.
Guyana’s male volleyball team, which has seemingly become the flag bearer of the country at this year’s Games, once again turned in a clinical performance, much to the satisfaction of a vocal band of supporters.
The Guyanese outplayed their counterparts 25-14, 25-13, 25-7 to maintain their unbeaten run in the competition. The defending champions also defeated Suriname in the first round on Friday, 25-14, 25-17, 25-10.
The females though, endured another tough outing, again losing in straight sets to the Surinamese. After being whipped 21-5 in the opening set, the Guyanese did well in the second, although they were outplayed 25-21. The visitors closed out the game in the third set, 25-7.
Guyana also lost in straight sets on Friday- 25-12, 25-12, 25-13.
While Guyana’s males and Suriname’s females are already assured of the gold medal, they will face off again tomorrow (Sunday) in the final round at the same venue from 13:00h to 17:00h.
The scenario that currently obtains provides a great opportunity for Guyana’s coach Levi Nedd to blood some youngsters in tomorrow’s games, all in the interest of the development of volleyball in the country.
Photo caption: Guyana’s male volleyball after their victory on Saturday afternoon (Photo: Avenash Ramzan)