Alejandina Mireya Luis Hernández, often referred to as Mireya was born on February 25, 1967 in Camagüey.
She helped her country and club where she played to win several trophies with her main position as a wing spiker.
At 5' 10" Mireya was one of the smallest elite world class outside hitters in international competition.
She was known for her tremendous jumping ability having 36 inch vertical on a bad day, and on good days jumping closer to 40 inches.
A member of the first Olympic women's team in history to win three gold medals in three consecutive Olympic Games.
World Championship Experience
Major International Competition
Mireya competed professionally in Cuba for a number of years before venturing outside of her country to play in Japan for the top Daiei-Hitachi team before playing in Italy for Bergamo Volley, the same team Francesca Piccinini played for.
Watch as Paula Weishoff and Mireya Luis compete together on the same team in Japan.
Did you know that Mireya....
Started playing volleyball at the age of 10
Was a starting outside hitter for the Cuban National team at age 15
Luis is known for her spectacular jumping power reaching 3.39 meter 936 inch), more than any other player, though being only 1.75 meter tall. (5' 10")
She earned numerous "best scorer", "best spiker" and "best player" awards at world, Olympic and continental championships.
Mireya helped lead her Cuban National team to a silver medal just weeks after having her baby girl
When asked about the Olympic experience
2000 Sydney Olympics: “Many teams had a lot of chances to be champions at that time, we faced the Russians in the finals and we were down by two sets against them,” she recalled. “Everybody thought we would lose but we did not quit. In the end we won the next three sets and the effort was worth a lot.”
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