Bethania crowned United States League champion

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, April 20, 2022 - The stellar 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 Santo Domingo native setting numerous records in the second edition of the event.


The tournament's evaluation system mixes 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 national women's volleyball team popularly known as "The Queens of the Caribbean" led the league in spikes with 233 and in winning serves with 18 aces.


The outside hitter 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), finishes for the season (233), total points (4,652) and MVP honors in a season (13).


“Coming to play in this league and the fact that I get 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 put up 1,291 points.


"It was special that my son was with me and learned a lot about the game, it's very exciting and he motivated me to play better," added the world-class player.