Brenda Castillo

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Brenda Castillo
Personal information
Full name Brenda Castillo
Nationality Dominican
Born (1992-06-05) June 5, 1992 (age 22)
San Cristóbal
Hometown Santo Domingo
Height 1.67 m (5 ft 6 in)
Weight 55 kg (121 lb)
Spike 220 cm (87 in)
Block 270 cm (110 in)
Volleyball information
Position Libero
Current club Azerbaijan Rabita Baku
Number 9
National team
2008 - Dominican Republic
Last updated: March 2014

Brenda Castillo (born June 5, 1992 in San Cristóbal) is a female volleyball player from the Dominican Republic, who plays as a libero for the Dominican Republic national team and the Azerbaijani club Rabita Baku.

Castillo participated in the 2012 Summer Olympics being awarded tournament's Best Libero. She won the Silver medal at the 2009 U20 World Championship, 2013 U23 World Championship and Bronze in the 2009 FIVB Women's World Grand Champions Cup. She won the gold medal of the 2009 NORCECA Championship, 2010 Final Four and the 2010 Central American and Caribbean Games. Castillo also won the 2008, 2010 and 2014 Pan American Cup championship.

In club competition, Castillo won the 2011 Puerto Rican League with Criollas de Caguas and the 2012-13 and 2013-14 Azerbaijan Super League with Rabita Baku. She became runner-up with San Cristóbal at the 2008 Dominican Republic Volleyball League and won the silver medal in the 2012–13 and the bronze in the 2013–14 CEV Champions League with Rabita Baku.

Personal life[edit]

Castillo is 167 cm (5 ft 6 in) tall 55 kilograms (121 lb),[1] born on June 5, 1992 in San Cristóbal her parents are Argentina and Alfonso and is married to Julio.[2] Her nickname is "Chin Chin", which translates from Spanish "small portion".[3][4] She is also recognized as a pretty face[4] and having model looks.[5]

At the San Cristobal Carnival 2010, Castillo was named Queen of the Carnival, "Reina Califé".[6] After living a hard life, Brenda decided to become a Christian in 2010. Castillo used to arrive late to national team practices because of a problem with alcohol, but decided to change her life in order to help herself and her family.[7]



She played for the Women's National Team at the 2008 Olympic Qualification Tournament in Japan. There her team ended up in fourth place, and did not qualify for the 2008 Summer Olympics.[8] She then played in July with her National Junior Team, winning the Silver medal at the 2008 NORCECA Junior Continental Championship U-20,[9] and was elected Most Valuable Player, Best Libero, Best Digger and Best Receiver.[10] Shortly afterwards Castillo claimed with her Senior Team the gold medal at the 2008 Women's Pan-American Volleyball Cup in Mexico as a sixteen-year old. Later that year her team won the Silver medal at the Final Four Cup,[11] as she won the Rising Star award.[12]


During the Holy Week Sport Festival held in Hato Mayor, Castillo played Beach Volleyball (three) with Yenifer Calcaño and Evelyn Carrera winning the Gold Medal of the event.[13][14]

She took with her Senior team the Silver Medal and the "Rising Star" award at the 2009 Pan-American Cup.[15] In June 2009, at the 2010 World Championship NORCECA Qualification Pool H, at Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic, she took the public ovation at the Gran Arena del Cibao winning the Best Digger, Best Receiver, Best Libero and MVP awards.[16] She then participated with her Junior National Team she won the Silver Medal at the 2009 U20 World Championship,[17] being awarded Best Digger, Best Receiver, Best Libero and MVP awards.[18] She took the Best Digger, Best Receiver, Best Libero awards and the bronze medal with her team at the 2009 Final Four Cup held in Lima, Peru.[19] She then played with her Senior National Team, winning the Ccontinental Championship at the 2009 Women's NORCECA Volleyball Championship, and was awarded again, Best Libero, Digger and Receiver.[20] This win qualified her team to the 2009 FIVB Women's World Grand Champions Cup, there she was at the age of 17 one of the youngest players.[3] The Dominican Republic and Castillo won the Bronze Medal of the event.[21]


Castillo crowned her 2009 performance winning the 2010 Dominican Republic "Athlete of the Year" and 2010 Dominican Republic "Volleyball Player of the Year".[22] She started the 2010 year winning the Best Libero, Digger and Receiver awards at the 2010 Pan-American Cup, won by her home team playing in Rosarito and Tijuana.[23] Two weeks after the Pan-Am cup, she won the silver medal and the "Best Libero, Digger and Receiver awards at the 2010 NORCECA Junior Continental Championship U-20.[24]

The Dominican Republic Olympic Committee selected Castillo as the Dominican Republic Flag bearer for the 2010 Central American and Caribbean Games held at Mayagüez, Puerto Rico, from July 17, 2010 to August 1, 2010.[25][26] In the volleyball tournament of the Regional Games, she won with her team the gold medal.[27] She later played in Chiapas, Mexico winning the Best Libero and Best Receiver awards,[28] along with the gold medal with her National Senior Team at the 2010 Final Four Cup.[29]

Castillo later participated in her first Senior World Championship, finishing second in digs and Best Libero categories, and being 17th with her national team.[5]

At the end of the 2010 year, Brenda joined the Dominican Republic club Mirador that participated in the 2010 FIVB World Club Championship finishing in 4th place with this club[30] and earning the Best Libero award.[31]


The Puerto Rican team Criollas de Caguas signed Brenda for the 2011 season, as her first international club experience, joining the Canadian Stacey Gordon and Dominicans Bethania de la Cruz and Annerys Vargas.[32] She replaced the injured Yarimar Rosa.[33] During the regular season, Brenda cumulated statistics that make her Best Libero and Best Digger,[34] and crowned the season winning the Puerto Rico League Championship, sweping the final series against the Mets de Guaynabo.[35]

Castillo then played the 2011 Pan-American Cup being awarded with the Best Libero and Best Digger awards,[36] also winning the silver medal with her national team.[37] She then took part of the 2011 Junior World Championship held in Lima, Peru.[38] She helped her Junior National team to reach the 5th place in the tournament.[39] Brenda won the Silver Medal and the Best Libero, Best Digger and Best Receiver awards at the 2011 NORCECA Championship, held in Caguas, Puerto Rico.[40] She was also awarded the Best Libero, Best Digger and Best Receiver awards at the 2011 Pan American Games where her team finished in fourth place.[41]


In the Summer Olympics NORCECA qualification tournament played in May in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico, Castillo saw her team qualify for the 2012 Summer Olympics, winning the gold medal against the Cuban team.[42] She earned awards for the Best Receiver and Best Libero of the competition.[43] Later, she would confessed, that she played the tournament being pregnant and would not be able to play at the Olympic Games.[44] But about one month later, the National Team doctor gynaecologist Albert Fiorinelli Milciades Camilo, announced that Castillo suffered a spontaneous abortion after 19 weeks of pregnancy.[45] Two days later, she predicted that she would start training in 15 days in order to get physical fitness to play in the Summer Olympics.[46]

At the Pan-American Cup held in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, she returned to play with the National team,[47] finishing with her team in the 4th place and winning the Best Libero, Best Digger and Best Receiver awards.[48]

Castillo played at the 2012 Olympic tournament and her national team ranked 5th,[49] after losing the quarterfinal match 3-0 against the United States.[50] Nonetheless, she managed to win the individual award of Best Libero of the competition.[51]

In September, Castillo won the gold medal and the Best Digger award at the first 2012 U23 Pan-American Cup, played in Callao, Peru.[52]

In early November 2012, Castillo signed with the Azerbaijani club Rabita Baku to play the Azerbaijan Super League and the CEV Champions League.[53][54] He goal was achieve the league championship, even when she was playing without any knowledge of the Azerbaijani language.[55]


As one of the 15 women awarded by the Dominican Republic Olympic Committee in her sport,[56] Castillo won the 2012 Volleyball Player of the Year.[57] Castillo was one of the candidates for the top prize, the Dominican Republic Athlete of the year, along with Félix Sánchez, Luguelín Santos, Yamilet Peña and Aumi Guerra.[58] Castillo was also considered by the volleyball portal among the candidates for the 2012 Globe Awards prize.[59] She managed to survive Brazilian Fabiana de Oliveira in the semifinal round,[60] but she lost the final round to Italian Enrica Merlo 55% to 45%.[61]

Castillo played the 2012-13 CEV Champions League Final Four held in Istanbul, Turkey.[62] Her team defeated the Italian club Unendo Busto Arsizio 3-2 in the semifinals,[63] but lost 3-0 in the championship match to the Turkish VakıfBank.[64]

In April, Castillo's club, Rabita Baku claimed the Azerbaijan Super League Championship[65] ahead of Igtisadchi Baku and Azerrail Baku,[66] three weeks before the end of the season to win their sixth title in a row.[67][68] She won the league's Best Libero award.[69] She then played the 28th Montreux Volley Masters held in Montreux, Switzerland, after the invitation received by her National Team for the first time since 2003.[70] Castillo's team won the Bronze Medal[71] defeating Italy 3-1[72] after dropping the semifinals 0-3 from Brazil.[73] Soon after this tournament, the Dominican Republic National Federation announced the Castillo's separation from the National Team[74][75] due to erratic behavior and indiscipline.[76]

She would later apologize for her previous behavior and promised to change her attitude,[77] being then readmitted in the national team[78] just in time to take part in the 2013 FIVB World Grand Prix.[2] She helped her team to reach the 10th position in the competition,[79] posting a 3.69 digs per set average, topping all the diggers in the preliminary round.[80][81] Castillo played in late September the NORCECA Continental Championship, winning the silver medal[82] and the Best Digger award.[83]

Castillo played with her national team at the U23 World Championship, helping her team to win its pool with a 4-1 record.[84] They later had a 3-0 win over the USA team in the semifinals[85] before falling 0-3 to China in the final match.[86] She finished the tournament statistics as the best digger[87] and was awarded Best Libero.[88]


In January, Castillo was selected by the volleyball specialized website Volleywood for the 2013 My Volleywood Idol voting, advancing to the second round but, could not make a final four spot.[89][90]

After her Azeri club Rabita Baku won the right to host the 2013–14 CEV Champions League Final Four,[91] Castillo's club won the Bronze medal after falling 0-3 to the Russian Dinamo Kazan in the semifinals,[92] but defeating 3-0 to the Turkish Eczacıbaşı VitrA Istanbul in the third place match.[93] She was awarded tournament's Best Libero.[94] She later commented that she felt lucky for playing another year with Rabita Baku and dedicated the club's recent triumph to their fans.[95] This new accolade helped Castillo's popularity to grow in her home country, the Dominican Republic, there she is known as one of the most popular athletes.[96]

Rabita Baku, claimed their sixth title championship by winning the 2013–14 Azerbaijani Super League 3-0[97] to Azeryol Baku[98] and Castillo won the Best Libero[99][100] individual award.[101]

The Dominican Republic head coach gave Castillo a little participation[102] during the 2014 FIVB World Championship NORCECA qualification tournament held in La Romana, Dominican Republic, even when the audience claimed for her appearance.[103] Nonetheless, she helped her team to reach a berth to the 2014 World Championship in late May.[104] Later in Mexico City, Mexico, Castillo help her national team to clinch the 2014 Pan American Cup championship[105] and the 2015 Grand Prix berth.[106] For her performance during the tournament, Castillo won the Most Valuable Player, Best Libero, Best Digger and Best Receiver.[107]




National Team[edit]

Senior Team[edit]

Junior Team[edit]


Beach Volleyball[edit]

  • 2009 Hato Mayor Beach Volleyball Tournament Med 1.png Gold Medal


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