Dominican Star Castillo back with Sesi Bauru
BAURU, Brazil, August 5, 2020 – SESI Volei Bauru will have a
familiar face leading their backcourt efforts in 2020-2021 as
the Brazilian club have signed Dominican Republic star libero
Brenda Castillo back to their roster.
The 28-year-old defender returns to the team she played for in
2016-2017. In that season, SESI Bauru finished fifth in the
Brazilian Superliga and the Brazilian Cup and ranked third in
the Sao Paulo State Championship.
Four years later, the Dominican’s goal is to help the team
improve on their results in her second stint.
“I’m very honoured and happy to be returning to Bauru,” Castillo
reacted. “It’s a very professional club and they left a great
impression after the season I spent here. It was the team that
allowed me to play in a strong league like the Superliga and the
goal is to help Bauru in making it to the finals and competing
Castillo was forced to sit out the last club season as she was
recovering from a car accident she had in August 2019. She
previously played for the Dominican Republic’s San Cristobal,
Mirador and Cristo Rey, Puerto Rico’s Criollas de Caguas and
Azerbaijan’s Rabita Baku and Lokomotiv Baku.
The libero has been a staple for the Dominican Republic national
team, which she has represented since 2007. Voted the best in
her position at the London 2012 Olympics, Castillo helped the
Dominicans to win the gold medal at the 2019 Pan-American Games,
to take silver at both the 2009 FIVB U20 World Championship and
the 2013 FIVB U23 World Championship and to secure bronze at the
2009 FIVB Volleyball World Grand Champions Cup.
Besides Castillo, SESI Bauru, who are coached by former
Brazilian opposite and Athens 2004 Olympic champion Anderson
Rodrigues, have also signed middle blocker Mara Leao from rivals
Osasco Audax. The team retained most of their key players from
last season as well, including setter Dani Lins, middle blocker
Adenizia Silva, outside hitter Tiffany Abreu and Azeri opposite