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Wildcards Dominican Republic ready to seize Women's Grand Champions Cup opportunity

The Dominican Republic finished 10th in the 2013 FIVB World Grand Prix

Kobe, Japan, November 10, 2013 - After winning their first-ever FIVB medal at the 2009 FIVB Volleyball World Grand Champions Cup, the Dominican Republic women are back as wildcards this year, where will try to excel in the opportunity to win again. 

Coming off of an excellent start of the 2013 season - finishing third at the Montreux Volley Masters and second in the NORCECA Continental Championships - the Dominican Republic women are looking for their first Grand Champions Cup medal since 2009, when they won bronze.

The Dominicans booked their ticket to the quadrennial event as the world best-ranked continental vice champions with the highest ranking at the last Olympic Games among non-qualfied teams. 

The 14-roster team arrived in Japan on Nov. 2 and have been training at Osaka’s Torray Arrows Club. 

The Dominican Republic will be the first to play in this year’s tournament, kicking off the premier event in a matchup against Thailand. After a travel day, the Dominicans meet Olympic champions and No. 1 ranked Brazil for their second match on Nov. 15 at Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium, to conclude the round-robin tournament with matches against hosts Japan (No. 3) and USA (No. 2). 


Outside Hitters

Bethania De la Cruiz

Prisilla Rivera

Bravelin Martinez

Yonkaira Pena

Middle Blockers

Annerys Vargas

Candida Arias 

Marianne Fersola


Gina Mambru

Jeoselyna Rodriguez


Niverka Marte

Karla Echenique

Defensive Specialist

Ana Binet


Brenda Castillo

Winifer Fernandez

FIVB Volleyball Grand Champions Cup Schedule

1THA-DOM12-Nov12:10NagoyaNagoya Nippongaishi Hall
2USA-BRA12-Nov15:40NagoyaNagoya Nippongaishi Hall
3JPN-RUS12-Nov19:10NagoyaNagoya Nippongaishi Hall
4BRA-THA13-Nov12:10NagoyaNagoya Nippongaishi Hall
5RUS-DOM13-Nov16:10NagoyaNagoya Nippongaishi Hall
6JPN-USA13-Nov19:10NagoyaNagoya Nippongaishi Hall
7DOM-BRA15-Nov12:10TokyoTokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium
8USA-RUS15-Nov16:10TokyoTokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium
9THA-JPN15-Nov19:10TokyoTokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium
10USA-THA16-Nov12:10TokyoTokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium
11RUS-BRA16-Nov16:10TokyoTokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium
12JPN-DOM16-Nov19:10TokyoTokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium
13DOM-USA17-Nov12:10TokyoTokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium
14THA-RUS17-Nov15:10TokyoTokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium
15BRA-JPN17-Nov18:10TokyoTokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium


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