FIVB Volleyball Girls' U18 World Championship


 DOM / Dominican Republic

Team manager CRISTIAN CRUZ
2nd assistant coach WILSON SANCHEZ
    No.   Name Lastname Shirt Name Birthdate Height Weight Spike Block Club
  1 Annerys Victoria Vargas Valdez Valdez 07.08.1981 196 70 327 320 Seleccion Nacional
  2   Winifer Maria Fernandez Perez Fernandez 06.01.1995 169 62 270 265 Cien Fuego
  4 Marianne Fersola Norberto Fersola 16.01.1992 191 60 315 310 Mirador
  5   Brenda Castillo Castillo 05.06.1992 167 55 245 230 San Cristobal
  7 Niverka Dharlenis Marte Frica Marte 19.10.1990 178 71 295 283 Deportivo Nacional
  8   Candida Estefany Arias Perez Arias 11.03.1992 194 68 320 315 San Cristobal
  11 Jeoselyna Rodriguez Santos Rodriguez 09.12.1991 187 63 325 315 Mirador
  12   Karla Miguelina Echenique Medina Echenique 16.05.1986 180 65 300 290 Deportivo Nacional
  14 Prisilla Rivera Brens Rivera 29.12.1984 186 67 309 305 San Pedro
  16   Yonkaira Paola Peña Isabel Peña Isabel 10.05.1993 190 70 320 310 Deportivo Nacional
  17 Gina Altagracia Mambru Casilla Mambru 21.01.1986 182 65 330 315 Los Cachorros
  C 18   Bethania De La Cruz De Peña De La Cruz 13.05.1987 188 70 330 320 Deportivo Nacional
  19 Ana Yorkira Binet Stephens Binet 09.02.1992 174 58 280 260 Samana
  20   Brayelin Elizabeth Martinez Martinez B. 11.09.1996 201 83 330 320 Deportivo Nacional
 C=Captain  L=Libero
Team profile

Dominican Republic moved two notches higher in the FIVB Senior Women’s World Ranking – from No. 10 to No. 8 – from their excellent start of the 2013 season having finished third at the Montreux Volley Masters in June and placed second at the NORCECA Continental Championship. Dominican Republic have qualified for the FIVB World Grand Prix every year, since 2003. Their bronze medal at the FIVB World Grand Champions Cup in 2009 was their first FIVB medal.

As wildcards, Dominican Republic will try to excel in this great opportunity to win another Grand Champions Cup medal. Their success in regional competitions backs up this bid as they have claimed multiple medals from the Central American and Caribbean Games, Pan American Cup and the NORCECA Championship. Other important achievements include a gold medal at the 2003 Pan American Games in Santo Domingo, and qualification to the Olympic Games in Athens 2004 and London 2012, where they finished 11th and fifth, respectively.

Only former captain Milagros Cabral de la Cruz has retired since the Olympics, but Bethania De La Cruz took over as captain, leaving the team leadership in good hands. De la Cruz once held the record for most points in a match – scoring 54 for her Japanese club in 2012 and 42 against Germany at the World Cup in 2011.

Coach profile

Brazilian Marcos Kwiek has been the Dominican Republic women’s team coach since 2008. Under his direction, the Dominican Republic have secured a gold medal and two silvers at the Pan American Cup, the 2009 NORCECA zone title, gold medals at the Central American and Caribbean Games and the 2012 NORCECA Olympic Qualification, and bronze at the 2009 Grand Champions Cup. Kwiek began his coaching career in 1995 with Brazilian club Gremio Recreativo Barueri, and several other clubs until 2007. He worked as assistant coach for Brazil women’s national team from 2003-2007.