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
|Full name Bethania de la Cruz de Pena|
Born May 13, 1987 (age 28) Santo Domingo (1987-05-13)
Thailand v Dominican Republic - FIVB World Grand Prix
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.
- Thailand v Dominican Republic FIVB World Grand Prix
- Servicio 51 de bethania de la cruz
- 2012 2015
- Beach Volleyball
- Senior Team
- Junior Team
Servicio 51 de bethania de la cruz
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".
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.
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.
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".
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.
The next season, 2008/2009, she played for the South Korean team GS Caltex.
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.
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.
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.
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.