Mireya Luis

Alejandrina Mireya Luis Hernández, often referred to as Mireya (born August 25, 1967 in Camagüey) is a retired Cuban volleyball player.

Mireya Luis
Personal information
Born (1967-08-25) August 25, 1967 (age 53)
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight69 kg (152 lb)
Spike339 cm (133 in)
Block325 cm (128 in)
Volleyball information
PositionOutside hitter
Number3

LifeEdit

At the age of 10 she started playing volleyball. At 16, Mireya joined the Cuban national team for the 1983 Pan-American Games, in which Cuba took first place. She would play with them again in the 1987 Games, and Cuba would again win the tournament. After a brief hiatus due to injury, she resumed play in 1990 at the World Championship in Japan where the Cuban team finished fourth. In 1991 she led the Cuban team to win its first ever World Cup in Mexico . Mireya won her first Olympic gold medal at the 1992 Games in Barcelona with team mate Regla Bell. She would win a second gold in Atlanta in 1996, again playing with the Cuban national team. Meanwhile, she also led Cuba to two world championships in 1994 where she was chosen the best spiker and Cuba won every match with a perfect 3-0. The team would win again in 1998. Mireya retired after a second Grand Prix and a third Olympic gold medal in 2000.

Luis is known for her spectacular jumping power reaching 3.39 meter, more than any other player, though being only 1.75 meter tall. She earned numerous "best scorer", "best spiker" and "best player" awards at world, Olympic and continental championships.

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Awards
Preceded by
First Award
Most Valuable Player of
FIVB World Grand Prix

1993
Succeeded by
  Fernanda Venturini
Preceded by
First Award
Best Spiker of
FIVB World Grand Prix

1993, 1994
Succeeded by
  Ana Fernández
Preceded by
  Ana Moser
Best Spiker of
FIVB World Championship

1994
Succeeded by
  Ana Fernandez