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Popularity of Castillo keeps growing in Dominican Republic

Dominican Brenda Castillo, elected as best libero of the CEV Champions League, is one of the most popular athletes in her native country
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, March 24, 2014 – It seems like it is never enough for the tiny Brenda Castillo as the Dominican Republic’s heralded libero continues to increase her collection of awards as one of the best volleyball players of the world at her position.

In her second year playing for Azerbaiyan’s Rabita Baku, Castillo recently captured the best libero trophy at the CEV DenizBank Champions League following another outstanding performance for the bronze medalists.

“I feel fortunate to put together another good season with my club and to receive an award that makes me so proud,” Castillo said. “The third place was not our goal but I will take it and dedicate it to our loyal fans.”

Rabita Baku claimed the bronze medal with a victory over Eczacibasi VitrA of Turkey while the crown went to Russia’s Dinamo Kazan who defeated VakiBank Istanbul in the title match.

While Castillo piles up plaques, trophies and medals her popularity keeps growing as one of the most recognizable athletes in the Caribbean country.

The achievement was not overlooked in her home soil where Brenda has become a celebrity in recent years after multiple regional triumphs and Castillo playing a key role for the women’s national squad.

“This only shows the level of consistency Brenda has reached,” commented Marcos Kwiek, the Brazilian coach of the Dominican Women’s team. “The CEV Champions League is the most prestigious volleyball circuit, one that groups the best players of the world.”

Cristobal Marte Hoffiz, who presides over the female program of the Dominican Republic Volleyball Federation, also expressed his feelings about the achievement of Castillo, who will turn 22 next June but has been part of the senior national team for the past six years.

“Brenda is a good example of perseverance and hard work,” Marte Hoffiz said. “She has showed a lot of faith in God and I hope she can continue to be a big part of the Dominican team for years to come.”

The eighth world-ranked Dominican Republic Team faces a packed schedule in 2014 that includes the Montreux Volley Masters in Switzerland, the FIVB World Grand Prix in several cities, the Women’s Pan American Cup in Mexico City, the FIVB Women’s World Championship in Italy and the Central and Caribbean Games in Veracruz, Mexico.

“We have a very busy year ahead and we are counting on Brenda as the glue that puts together our team,” Kwiek said. “Her leadership qualities on the court are very important for us to succeed.”

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