80
FIVB VOLLEYBALL WORLD GRAND PRIX
MEDIA GUIDE 2013
The Dominican Republic have qualified for the FIVBWorld
Grand Prix every year, since 2003. Their bronze medal at
the FIVB World Grand Champions Cup in 2009 was their
first FIVB medal.
The Dominicans have claimed gold in the last three
editions of the Central American and Caribbean Games
in El Salvador (2002), Colombia (2006) and Puerto Rico
(2010).
They have won two gold medals (2008 and 2010), six
silver (2002, 2003, 2005, 2009, 2011, 2013) and three
bronze (2004, 2006, 2007) at the Pan American Cup.And
at the NORCECA Continental Championships the team
have taken one gold medal (2009), one silver (2011) and
five bronze (1997, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007).
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 11
th
and fifth
respectively.
Impressively, only former captain Milagros Cabral de la
Cruz has retired since the Olympics meaning star attacker
Bethania de la Cruz, who once held the record for most
points in a match when scoring 54 for her Japanese club
COACH
Brazilian Marcos Kwiek has coached
the women’s national volleyball
team since 2008. With Kwiek at the
helm, the Dominican Republic have
secured one gold medal and two
silvers at the Pan-American Cup,
the 2009 NORCECA Continental
Championship title, gold medals at the Central American
and Caribbean Games in Mayaguez 2010 and the 2012
NORCECA Olympic Qualification Tournament, and bronze
at the 2009 FIVB Grand Champions Cup. Kwiek began
his coaching career in 1995 with Gremio Recreativo
Barueri of the Brazilian League, coaching several other
league teams until 2007. He worked as assistant coach
for Brazil’s women’s national team from 2003 to 2007.
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
FIVB
WORLD
RANKING
10
LAST RESULT
BEST RESULT
8
th
2010
2
x
12
th
2012
LAST:
Week 1
B
Week 2
G
Week 3
O
POOLS
in 2012 and holds the record for the World Cup after
scoring 42 against Germany in 2011, is still on the books.
The Dominican Republic, ranked 10
th
in the world, will
be looking to continue their excellent start to 2013
having finished third at the Montreux Volley Masters in
Switzerland in June.