Cuba’s women show power


PUERTO ARISTA, Chiapas, May 20, 2012 - With a flawless defense, Cuban duo Niriam Sinal and Ion Canet won the gold this Sunday during the fourth stop of the VI NORCECA Beach Volleyball Circuit, after beating Americans Michelle Moriarty and Traci Weamer in two tight sets (22-20, 25-23) before more than 2,000 spectators.

The islanders had to work hard in the semifinal match before defeating the Mexican duo of Vanessa Virgen and Martha Revuelta in three sets (17-21, 25-23, 15-11).

“The key was our tactical discipline to which we stuck throughout the match. This gave us the pportunity to counterattack and we scored enough points to play with greater confidence during the decisive moments,” explained Sinal at the end of the match, her body still covered with sand after such a fierce confrontation.

“We feel right at home here in Chiapas because spectators are just wonderful to us. I hope to play here next year,” said Canet as she smiled triumphantly.

The bronze medal went to Mexico’s Virgen and Revuelta who overpowered Canada’s Caleigh Whitaker and Victoria Altamore 21-18, 21-17. Canada had lost to United States in the semifinals 21-16, 21-14.


Women’s Results of Sunday: DOM d. SKN (21-18, 21-15), LCA d. CRC (21-18, 21-16). Semifinals: CUB d. MEX (17-21, 25-23, 15-11). USA d. CAN (21-16, 21-14) Bronze Medal: MEX d. CAN (21-18, 21-17). Gold Medal: CUB d. USA (22-20, 25-23).