United States hits more than .700, sweeps Suriname in NORCECA opener

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There was not much – if anything – that went wrong for the United States in its opener at the NORCECA Continental Championship.

Former UCLA setter Micah Ma’a guided the offense to a tournament-high .754 attack percentage as the United States swept Suriname 25-14, 25-9, 25-10 on Tuesday in Charleston, West Virginia.

The United States committed two attack errors throughout the entire match with its final error occurring three points into the second game. In addition, the team had three players with both more than five kills and zero errors in the group-play opener.


Former Ohio State opposite Jake Hanes led all players with 13 kills and one error on a .706 attack percentage, including having a game-high seven kills in the final game. Former outside attacker Garrett Muagututia had nine kills and hit .571 with seven of those kills coming in the second game.

Muagututia and Ma’a also each had a match-high two aces against Suriname.

Suriname in the loss finished with a .157 attack percentage and held to a negative attack percentage in the second game.

The United States will continue group-play as it faces Puerto Rico on Wednesday. Puerto Rico in its tournament opener lost in three games to Cuba on Tuesday.

If the United States defeats Puerto Rico, it will clinch a berth to the quarterfinals and remain in contention for the Group B title and a bye to the semifinals.