The final goal is shown on the screen, the winners and the losers fall on the sand, as cold as expected from the 12 degrees Celsius that exists at the Peñalolén Beach Volleyball Center.
Although tired, some enjoyed the crown of the XIX Pan American Games and others regretted that it was so close, that sometimes it seemed possible. And this…
Nosle Díaz jumped into the corner of the net where the first referee was and finished over the line. It was the last action of the tournament and a year to be forgotten, with regret and sadness. Jorge Luis Alayo, a true gladiator, comforts him by his side…
Of course… The game was not lost in that action. As success is built, the grave is dug. And there is nothing more accurate than to describe the feeling of a tiebreak against a pair from Brazil, especially when they’ve been beaten before and you have to think they’ve studied you to the teeth.
That’s what Loyola and Souto did to get revenge on the Cubans: measure every weakness and shoot them, without mercy.
The first set left a sad sight for the Cubans, defeated 21-12 in a few minutes, victims of pressure, especially Noslen, and a bad complex, not to mention the attack.
The panorama was so shocking that the great Chilean public sided with the Cubans ever since. He brought them up in such a way that they seemed to be local many times.
Alayo had a lot to do with it,because he never stopped fighting and earned the respect of the respectable. He guided his partner all the time, he was first on the court stage and we have to give him credit for the closeness of the result, especially the set won 21-19 and the set lost 13-15.
When Noslen did not find effective shots, and knew that the opponents did not take responsibility to receive and attack, Alayo converted every shot from the second touch into points, just to mention a ananmple.
Brazil was ahead of all the signs of the game, even without counting the initial set there was no doubt about the equality. To win, Cuba had to do more damage with his serve and compcompletee attacks that could change the geography of the match.
Alayo added 20 points and Noslen 17. Souto hammered 29 points, 28 of them per attack. Amazing. Loyola contributed 16.
Defeat is always disturbing, but this silver medal deserves to be applauded ant because it was lost in the plans, but because it was played in a big way. Needless to say, this Cuban duo promises to finish this Olympic cycle and cially for the next one.
The Grimalt cousins took the bronze medals against the American duo, in a match witnessed by the president of this country, Gabriel Boric. The Brazilians dominated the women’s competition, edging the Canadians to the final by 2-0 sets.
Thus the emotions of a game that the Chilean fans enjoy so much came out.