Bethania de la Cruz

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Bethania de la Cruz
Personal information
Full nameBethania de la Cruz de Peña
Born (1987-05-13) May 13, 1987 (age 32)
Santo Domingo
HometownSanto Domingo
Height1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight68 kg (150 lb)
Spike330 cm (130 in)
Block320 cm (130 in)
Volleyball information
PositionOpposite Spiker
Current clubJakarta Pertamina Energi
National team
2005 -Dominican Republic
Last updated: October 2013

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.



De la Cruz won the Most Valuable Player award when she helped her Dominican professional club Mirador to win the Championship.[1] 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.[2] 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.[3] Previously, she won the bronze medal in beach volleyball at the 2006 National Championship, playing with Karla Echenique.[4] After that season she became "Dominican Republic Volleyball Player of the Year".[5]


At the 2007 Pan-American Cup she took the bronze medal with her National Team and also the Best Scorer award.[6] She took the same award later at the 2007 NORCECA Championship.[7]

She played with the Puero Rican professional team Vaqueras de Bayamón for the 2007 season, being awarded as MVP of the All-Star Game,[8] and the "Best Spiker" of the season.[9]


For the 2007/2008 season of the Japanese V.Premier League she played with the Toray Arrows, finishing as league champion and "Best 6".[10] At the end of the season she won for the second time the "2008 Dominican Republic Volleyball Player of the Year".[11][12]

With her National Team, she won the Silver Medal and the "Best Attacker" and "Best Scorer" at the 2008 Final Four Cup.[13] Same year was awarded "Best Attacker" at the 2008 edition of the Salonpas Cup.[14]

The next season, 2008/2009, she played for the South Korean team GS Caltex.[15]


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.[16][17] 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.[18]

After winning with her team the 2009 NORCECA Championship,[19] she took a sabbatical year due to maternity.[20]


Returning from the sabbatical year, De La Cruz joined her National Senior Team winning the 2010 Final Four Cup gold medal.[21]

De la Cruz played with the local team Navarrete from Santiago, Dominican Republic, taking the team to the final series.[22] During the final series, Bethania left the team to participate with Mirador at the World Club Championship,[23] taking the fourth place.[24] Later Navarrete would take the Santiago Intermunicipal Championship.[25]


Bethania joined the Canadian Stacey Gordon and countrymate Brenda Castillo at the Puerto Rican team Criollas de Caguas[26] to play the 2011 Puerto Rican League season, leading the team to win the regular season with a 20-2 record.[27] De la Cruz set a new record in serving,[28] with 57 aces, topped the scorers with 392 points[29] and won the Most Valuable Player award.[30] Despite of all these awards, Bethania said she wasn't in plenty physically shape.[31]

During the quarterfinals, she set another record with 9 aces in a playoff match.[32] Bethania crowned the season winning the Puerto Rico League Championship, sweeping the final series against the Mets de Guaynabo.[33]

De La Cruz win the MVP award and the silver medal at the 2011 NORCECA Championship.[34] One month later, Bethania participated with her home team at the 2011 Pan American Games held in Guadalajara, Mexico. She won the Best Scorer award and her team finished in 4th place.[35]

The Japanese club Denso Airybees, announced her joining on November 2011.[36]

Bethania win the Best Scorer and Best Server awards at the 2011 World Cup played in November in Japan.[37] 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.[37]


De la Cruz joined the Turkish club Eczacıbaşı VitrA[38] and help them won the 2014–15 CEV Champions League by defeating 3-0 to the Italian Yamamay Busto Arsizio.[39] She was named one of the Best Outside Spikers from the competition.[40] This championship qualified her club to the 2015 FIVB Club World Championship[41] that her team won after beating the Russian Dinamo Krasnodar.[42]




Beach Volleyball[edit]

  • 2006 National Championship — Med 3.png Bronze Medal

National Team[edit]

Senior Team[edit]

  • 2006 TV Azteca's Women Stars Volleyball Cup — Med 1.png Gold Medal

Junior Team[edit]



  1. ^ "De la Cruz y Concepción más Valiosos voleibol distrital". Hoy (in Spanish). 2006-04-22. Retrieved 2016-10-19.
  2. ^ NORCECA. "USA won the gold at NORCECA Women's Junior Championship". Retrieved 2009-10-13.
  3. ^ NORCECA. "Dominican Bethania de la Cruz was the MVP in Monterrey". Retrieved 2007-06-06.
  4. ^ NORCECA. "Strickland and Roberts won the gold at NORCECA" (in Spanish). Retrieved 2009-09-24.
  5. ^ Diario Libre. "ACD elige a Al Horford el Atleta del Año 2007" (in Spanish). Retrieved 2010-06-24.
  6. ^ NORCECA. "Cuban Nancy Carrillo was the MVP". Retrieved 2010-07-18.
  7. ^ FIVB (2007-09-22). "Cuba edged USA in five sets to win NORCECA Women's and the entry to FIVB World Cup 2007". Retrieved 2010-07-18.
  8. ^ NORCECA. "De la Cruz and Glass share MVP honors at Puerto Rican All-Star Game". Archived from the original on 2009-12-30. Retrieved 2010-07-17.
  9. ^ "Lideres por Temporada de 1995 al 2008". Retrieved 2010-06-14.
  10. ^ NORCECA. "Dominican De la Cruz leads Toray to Japan League Title". Archived from the original on 2009-10-01. Retrieved 2010-07-17.
  11. ^ "Bethania de la Cruz dice embarazo es lo mejor que le ha pasado en su vida". Archived from the original on 2010-05-31. Retrieved 2010-11-04.
  12. ^ "Escogen a Gaby y Díaz como los Atletas del Año 2008 de la ACD". Archived from the original on 2011-07-19. Retrieved 2010-07-17.
  13. ^ NORCECA. "Brazil is the champion of Final Four and ends 2008 with three golds". Archived from the original on 2008-10-12. Retrieved 2009-07-27.
  14. ^ NORCECA. "Finasa-Osasco won the gold medal of Salonpas Cup". Archived from the original on 2009-12-12. Retrieved 2010-07-17.
  15. ^ NORCECA. "Sidarka Núñez: un éxito instantáneo". Retrieved 2010-07-17.[permanent dead link]
  16. ^ NORCECA. "Mambru and Castillo co-winners of MVP in Norceca-H". Archived from the original on 2009-06-28. Retrieved 2009-06-19.
  17. ^ Listin Diario. "NORCECA Pool H" (in Spanish). Retrieved 2009-06-19.
  18. ^ NORCECA. "Dominican Bethania de la Cruz Named Most Valuable Player". Retrieved 2010-07-17.
  19. ^ FIVB. "Dominican Republic wins NORCECA gold in dramatic fashion". Retrieved 2010-07-17.
  20. ^ FIVB. "Historic first time for the Dominican Republic". Retrieved 2010-07-17.
  21. ^ Terra (2010-09-25). "Perú cae ante República Dominicana y pierde título del Final Four" (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 2010-09-29. Retrieved 2010-09-25.
  22. ^ Listin Diario (2010-12-11). "Navarrete y Gurabo triunfan en voleibol" (in Spanish). Retrieved 2011-04-27.
  23. ^ FIVB (2010-12-09). "Kwiek confident about Mirador's chances in Qatar". Retrieved 2011-04-27.
  24. ^ FIVB (2010-12-21). "Bergamo take consolation prize against Mirador". Retrieved 2011-04-27.
  25. ^ El Dia (2010-12-14). "Navarrete y Gurabo, campeones voleibol" (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 2010-12-16. Retrieved 2011-04-27.
  26. ^ Criollas de Caguas (2010-12-14). "Bethania De La Cruz fichada por las Criollas" (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 2012-03-20. Retrieved 2011-04-27.
  27. ^ Primera Hora (2011-04-14). "Triunfo fácil para las Criollas de Caguas" (in Spanish). Retrieved 2011-04-27.
  28. ^ FPVoleibol (2011-04-07). "Nueva marca en servicios directos en la LVSF" (in Spanish). Retrieved 2011-04-27.
  29. ^ FPVoleibol (2011-04-11). "Las Criollas de Caguas dominan cinco de los ocho departamentos estadisticos en la LVSF 2011" (in Spanish). Retrieved 2011-04-27.
  30. ^ El Nuevo Dia (2011-04-27). "La JMV va por más" (in Spanish). Retrieved 2011-04-27.
  31. ^ Primera Hora (2011-04-27). "Bethania de la Cruz fue escogida la MVP" (in Spanish). Retrieved 2011-04-27.
  32. ^ FPVoleibol (2011-04-16). "Otra marca de saques directos para Bethania De la Cruz" (in Spanish). Retrieved 2011-04-27.
  33. ^ Primera Hora (2011-05-15). "Criollas de Caguas: Nuevas campeonas del Voleibol Superior" (in Spanish). Retrieved 2011-05-16.
  34. ^ FIVB (2011-09-17). "USA women win NORCECA gold and ticket to World Cup". Retrieved 2011-09-29.
  35. ^ FIVB (2011-10-20). "Brazil wins fourth Pan Am Games gold medal". Retrieved 2011-10-20.
  36. ^ Denso Airybees (2011-11-09). "「デラクルス・ベタニア選手」入団のお知らせ(2011.11.9)". Archived from the original on 2011-11-27. Retrieved 2011-11-09.
  37. ^ a b FIVB (2011-11-18). "Italy win back to back World Cup titles as China clinch third and final Olympic ticket". Retrieved 2011-11-18.
  38. ^ "Eczacibasi: Ufficiali 4 volti nuovi. C'è anche De La Cruz" [Eczacibasi: Official 4 new faces. There is also De La Cruz]. (in Italian). 2014-05-14. Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2015-05-13.
  39. ^ "Dream comes true for Eczacibasi VitrA: Champions League gold!". Szczecin, Poland: CEV. 2014-04-05. Retrieved 2015-05-13.
  40. ^ "Glorious Final Four ends with glorious awarding ceremony". Szczecin, Poland: CEV. 2014-04-05. Retrieved 2015-05-13.
  41. ^ "Eczacıbaşı VitrA, yine büyük oynayacak" [Eczacibasi Vitra, will play big again]. Hurriyet (in Turkish). 2015-05-05. Retrieved 2015-05-13.
  42. ^ "Eczacibasi reach summit of club volleyball at Zurich 2015". Zurich, Switzerland: FIVB. 10 May 2015. Retrieved 11 May 2015.

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