Dominican Republic Brings Six 2012 Olympians to Grand Prix

  0 Wendy Mayer | July 06th, 2017 | International Volleyball, News, NORCECA volleyball

World Grand Prix – Women

The Dominican Republic is back in the top division of the FIVB World Grand Prix after defeating Poland in the Group 2 finale last year. The squad will be looking to improve on its best ever finish, eighth place which came in 2006 and 2010.

Included on the 21-woman Grand Prix roster are all 14 players from the team’s 2017 Pan America Cup runner up squad. Outside hitters Bethania De La Cruz de Pena and Brayelin Elizabeth Martinez led the way for the team at that event. De La Cruz was named as one of the top outside hitters at the Pan Am Cup, while libero Brenda Castillo was dubbed Best Digger.

The roster also features six members of the 2012 Olympic squad, which finished fifth: Annerys Vargas, Castillo, Niverka Dharlenis Marte Frica, Prisilla Rivera, Gina Altagracia Mambru Casilla and De La Cruz.

Newcomers since the 2016 Grand Prix are Jeoselyna Rodriquez Santos, Cindy Carolina Rondon Martinez, Mari Franchi Rodriguez, Vielka Michelle Peralta Luna and Yokaty Perez Flores.

The DR, which is under the leadership of 10th-year head coach Marcos Kwiek, begins play at the World Grand Prix on Friday against the Netherlands in Pool C1 in Apeldoorn, Netherlands.


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About Wendy Mayer

Wendy Mayer

Wendy Mayer has worked in athletics media relations for the last 20 years. The Northwest Missouri State alumna is currently senior writer for after spending the last 15 years with Purdue athletics.

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