Brayelin Martínez caps outstanding year with honors from ACD
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, April 9, 2014 – Brayelin Martinez, who last year stood out as a powerful offensive force in several age-group FIVB World Championships, has been elected Female Volleyball Player of the Year in her native Dominican Republic.
Martinez attended the gala ceremony organized by the Dominican Sport Writers Association (ACD) to receive her award on Tuesday. She was accompanied by Cristobal Marte Hoffiz, President of the Female Program of the Dominican Volleyball Federation.
The 17-year-old outside hitter, who stands at 2.00 cm, was the best spiker (47.03) and third best scorer (106 points) at the FIVB U23 World Championship in Mexico and led all the scorers (167) at the FIVB U20 World Championship at Czech Republic.
Martinez finished as the fourth best scorer at the FIVB U18 World Championship in Thailand and also enjoyed outstanding offensive performances at the U18 and U20 Pan American Cups in Guatemala and Cuba, respectively.
She also played for the Dominican National Team in the senior ranks at the Women’s Pan American Cup in Lima, Peru and at the FIVB World Grand Prix in Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and Chinese Taipei.
“I am very proud about this election by the sport writers and commentators from my country and I will use it as a reason to continue working even harder,” Martinez said. “I dedicate this award to my coaches who have helped me so much and also to all my teammates.”
Marte Hoffiz said to be proud of all the achievements by Martinez who he considered the next great Dominican player.
“Our program continues to produce players who contribute to the evolution of our senior national team,” he said. “Brayelin is a good example of it and there are many more talented players coming up from the lower age-levels.”
Martinez’s role with the Dominican Senior Team is increasingly important and she will be taking part in all high level competitions in 2014, including the FIVB Women’s World Championship in Italy and the FIVB World Grand Prix.