SANTO DOMINGO.- The Dominican volleyball player Bethania de la Cruz has just been crowned champion of the United States League “Athletes Unlimited” that concluded last Saturday with the native of Santo Domingo setting numerous records in the second edition of the event.
The tournament’s evaluation system mixes the individual and collective achievements accumulated during five weeks in which the composition of the squads varies.
Bethania, who finished runner-up in the first version of the event in 2021 behind Jordan Larson, served as team captain through all five periods of action and won the title by a wide margin by amassing 4,652 points.
De la Cruz was followed by setter Natalia Valentin-Anderson (3,337), Dani Drews (3,308), Cassidy Lichtman (3,279) and Nootsara Tomkom (3,207).
The member of the women’s national volleyball team popularly known as “The Queens of the Caribbean” led the league in spikes with 233 and in service winners with 18 aces.
The forward broke numerous marks set in the first season, including most points accumulated in a game (477), kills in a game (27), aces in a game (4), aces in the season (18), finals for the season (233), total points (4,652), and single-season MVP honors (13).
“Coming to play in this league and being able to do it with my family and close to home is something I really won’t forget,” said Bethania, whose best week was the fifth in which she amassed 1,291 points.
“It was special that my son was with me and he learned a lot about the game, it is very exciting and it motivated me to play better,” added the world-class player.