Cuba’s Men Take Sweet Revenge
PUERTO ARISTA, Chiapas, May 20, 2012 - Cuba’s Karrel Piña and
Sergio Gonzalez beat Mexico’s Juan Virgen and Aldo Miramontes
after a shaky start for the Cuban team. In the end, the
islanders won the first place in three sets (25-27, 21-15,
15-11) during this NORCECA Championship held in Puerto Arista,
For the Cuban men, this victory felt like revenge after having
been overpowered by Mexico in three sets at the last Pan
“This was our revenge. Our loss at the Pan American Games hurt.
It also was a sudden death match and now, I am pleased with the
results,” said Piña just a few moments before the awards
The first set was the longest of the tournament as it went up to
27 points for the winning team; this reflects how ferocious the
fight for the gold really was.
“Our defense was a key in order to put together our
counterattack since my partner (Piña) and I understood each
other very well through a system of signals that we have adopted.
We were able to anticipate what they (the Mexican players)
wanted to do,” said Gonzalez who was being
swarmed by fans.
In the semifinal, the Cuban team had no problems overcoming the
Dominican Republic, who finished in fourth place. Ricardo
Galindo and Juan Revuelta of Mexico-2 defeated the Dominican
Republic’s duo of Luis Adames and German Recio in the match for
the bronze in three grueling sets (18-21, 21-15, 15-12) for both
Men’s Results of Sunday: Semifinals:
MEX 1 d. MEX 2 (21-7, 21-8), CUB d. DOM (21-10, 21-16),
Bronze Medal: MEX 2 d. DOM (18-21, 21-15, 15-12).
CUB d. MEX (25-27, 21-15, 15-11).