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Bethania de la Cruz

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Nationality  Dominican
Position  Wing Spiker
Weight  70 kg
Hometown  Santo Domingo
Name  Bethania la
Spouse  Fermin Mejia Gala

Spike  322 cm (127 in)
Role  Volleyball player
Home town  Santo Domingo
Block  305 cm (120 in)
Height  1.88 m
Children  Fer Mejia de la Cruz
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Full name  Bethania de la Cruz de Pena
Born  May 13, 1987 (age 28) Santo Domingo (1987-05-13)

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Bethania de la Cruz de Peña (born May 13, 1987 in Santo Domingo) is a female volleyball player from the Dominican Republic, who won the gold medal with the Dominican women's national team at the 2009 NORCECA Championship and the 2010 Pan-American Cup.

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2006

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De la Cruz won the Most Valuable Player award when she helped her Dominican professional club Mirador to win the Championship. Playing with her Junior National Team at the 2006 U-20 NORCECA Women's Junior Continental Championship, she won the Most Valuable Player and Best Scorer awards. Her team won the silver medal. She became the MVP of the 2006 TV Azteca's Women Stars Volleyball Cup, played in Monterrey, Mexico won by the team with a perfect record in 5 matches. Previously, she won the bronze medal in beach volleyball at the 2006 National Championship, playing with Karla Echenique. After that season she became "Dominican Republic Volleyball Player of the Year".

2007

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At the 2007 Pan-American Cup she took the bronze medal with her National Team and also the Best Scorer award. She took the same award later at the 2007 NORCECA Championship.

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She played with the Puero Rican professional team Vaqueras de Bayamón for the 2007 season, being awarded as MVP of the All-Star Game, and the "Best Spiker" of the season.

2008

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For the 2007/2008 season of the Japanese V.Premier League she played with the Toray Arrows, finishing as league champion and "Best 6". At the end of the season she won for the second time the "2008 Dominican Republic Volleyball Player of the Year".

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With her National Team, she won the Silver Medal and the "Best Attacker" and "Best Scorer" at the 2008 Final Four Cup. Same year was awarded "Best Attacker" at the 2008 edition of the Salonpas Cup.

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The next season, 2008/2009, she played for the South Korean team GS Caltex.

2009

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In June 2009, at the 2010 World Championship NORCECA Qualification Pool H, at Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic, she won the Best Spiker award. A month later, she carry her National Team to the silver medal at the 2009 Pan-American Cup, and she was elected Most Valuable Player of the event.

After winning with her team the 2009 NORCECA Championship, she took a sabbatical year due to maternity.

2010

Returning from the sabbatical year, De La Cruz joined her National Senior Team winning the 2010 Final Four Cup gold medal.

De la Cruz played with the local team Navarrete from Santiago, Dominican Republic, taking the team to the final series. During the final series, Bethania left the team to participate with Mirador at the World Club Championship, taking the fourth place. Later Navarrete would take the Santiago Intermunicipal Championship.

2011

Bethania joined the Canadian Stacey Gordon and countrymate Brenda Castillo at the Puerto Rican team Criollas de Caguas to play the 2011 Puerto Rican League season, leading the team to win the regular season with a 20-2 record. De la Cruz set a new record in serving, with 57 aces, topped the scorers with 392 points and won the Most Valuable Player award. Despite of all these awards, Bethania said she wasn't in plenty physically shape.

During the quarterfinals, she set another record with 9 aces in a playoff match. Bethania crowned the season winning the Puerto Rico League Championship, sweeping the final series against the Mets de Guaynabo.

De La Cruz win the MVP award and the silver medal at the 2011 NORCECA Championship. One month later, Bethania participated with her home team at the 2011 Pan American Games held in Guadalajara, Mexico. Here she won the Best Scorer award and her team finished in 4th place.

The Japanese club Denso Airybees, announced her joinning on November 2011.

Bethania win the Best Scorer and Best Server awards at the 2011 World Cup played in November in Japan. As the key player for her team, she was four times the Top Scorer by day and had three of the five best performances during the competition, including 42 points Vs. Germany on November 12. Her national team finished in the 8th place.

2012-2015

De la Cruz joined the Turkish club Eczacıbaşı VitrA and help them won the 2014–15 CEV Champions League by defeating 3-0 to the Italian Yamamay Busto Arsizio. She was named one of the Best Outside Spikers from the competition. This championship qualified her club to the 2015 FIVB Club World Championship that her team won after beating the Russian Dinamo Krasnodar.

Clubs

  • Deportivo Nacional (2001–2004)
  • Mirador (2004–2006)
  • Vaqueras de Bayamón (2007)
  • Toray Arrows (2007–2008)
  • GS Caltex (2008–2009)
  • Navarrete (2010)
  • Mirador (2010)
  • Criollas de Caguas (2011)
  • Denso Airybees (2011–12)
  • GS Caltex (2012–2014)
  • Eczacıbaşı VitrA (2014–2015)
  • Dinamo Moscow (dec 2016-present)
  • Individuals

  • 2006 Dominican Republic Torneo Superior del Distrito Nacional "Regular Series Most Valuable Player"'
  • 2006 Dominican Republic Torneo Superior del Distrito Nacional "Final Series Most Valuable Player"'
  • 2006 Dominican Republic Torneo Superior del Distrito Nacional "Best Spiker"'
  • 2006 NORCECA Women's Junior Continental Championship U-20 "Most Valuable Player"
  • 2006 NORCECA Women's Junior Continental Championship U-20 "Best Scorer"
  • 2006 TV Azteca's Women Stars Volleyball Cup "Most Valuable Player"
  • 2007 Puerto Rican League "Best Attacker"
  • 2007 Puerto Rican League All-Star
  • 2007 Puerto Rican League All-Star Game "Most Valuable Player"
  • 2007 NORCECA Championship "Best Scorer"
  • 2007 Pan-American Cup "Best Scorer"
  • 2007 Pan-American Games "Best Scorer"
  • 2007 Dominican Republic "Volleyball Player of the Year"
  • 2007-08 Women's V.Premier League Best 6
  • 2008 Final Four Cup "Best Scorer"
  • 2008 Final Four Cup "Best Attacker"
  • 2008 Salonpas Cup "Best Attacker"
  • 2008 Dominican Republic "Volleyball Player of the Year"
  • 2008–2009 NH Bank Cup Korean V-League "All-Star"
  • 2008–2009 NH Bank Cup Korean V-League "Best Player of 1st. Round"
  • 2008–2009 NH Bank Cup Korean V-League "Best Attacker"
  • 2010 World Championship NORCECA Qualification Pool H "Best Spiker"
  • 2009 Pan-American Cup "Most Valuable Player"
  • 2009 Pan-American Cup "Best Server"
  • 2011 Puerto Rican League "Most Valuable Player"
  • 2011 Puerto Rican League "Best Scorer"
  • 2011 Puerto Rican League "Best Server"
  • 2011 NORCECA Championship "Most Valuable Player"
  • 2011 Pan American Games "Best Scorer"
  • 2011 World Cup "Best Scorer"
  • 2011 World Cup "Best Server"
  • 2012 Summer Olympics NORCECA qualification tournament's MVP
  • 2011–2012 Japanese League – Best Scorer
  • 2011–2012 Japanese League – Best Server
  • 2011–2012 Japanese League – Best 6
  • 2013 NORCECA Championship "Best Outside Hitter"
  • 2014 Pan-American Cup "Best Outside Spiker"
  • 2014–15 CEV Women's Champions League "Best Outside Spiker"
  • 2017 Pan-American Cup "Best Outside Spiker"
  • Beach Volleyball

  • 2006 National Championship — Bronze Medal
  • Senior Team

  • 2006 TV Azteca's Women Stars Volleyball Cup — Gold Medal
  • Junior Team

  • 2006 NORCECA Women's Junior Continental Championship U-20 — Silver Medal
  • Clubs

  • 2006 Dominican Republic Torneo Superior del Distrito Nacional — Champion, with Mirador
  • 2007 Japan Empress's Cup — Champion, with Toray Arrows
  • 2007-08 Japan V.Premier League — Champion, with Toray Arrows
  • 2011 Puerto Rican League — Champion, with Criollas de Caguas
  • 2011-12 Japan V.Premier League — Bronze medal, with Denso Airybees
  • 2012–13 Korean League – Runner-Up, with GS Caltex
  • 2012–13 Korean Cup — Champion, with GS Caltex
  • 2013–14 Korean League — Champion, with GS Caltex
  • 2014–15 CEV Champions League — Champion, with Eczacıbaşı VitrA
  • 2014–15 Turkish Women's Volleyball League – Bronze medal, with Eczacıbaşı VitrA
  • 2015 FIVB Club World Championship – Champion, with Eczacıbaşı VitrA
  • 2016–17 Russian Championship – Champion, with Dinamo Moscow
  • References

    Bethania de la Cruz Wikipedia


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