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Dominican De la Cruz ties scoring record with 54 points

 

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, March 5, 2012 – Dominican Bethania De la Cruz continues to amaze the volleyball world with her astonishing offensive feats while playing in the Japanese League for Denso Airybees Club.

 

Twice this season the heavy hitter De la Cruz has surpassed the 50-point mark in a game of the Japanese V Premier League. She first amassed 51 points in a victory over JT Marvelous and came back on February 5 with 54 points to carry her side to a five-set win over Hisamitsu Springs.

 

The 54-point job equaled the record of most points in a senior match by an individual player set last November by Colombia’s Madelayne Montaño while playing KT&G Hungkuk in the Korea League.

 

De la Cruz scored via 49 attacks (out of 78 attempts), three aces and two blocks while Denso recovered from two-sets down to win 22-25, 22-25, 25-23, 25-23, 15-8.

 

The 24-year-old Dominican was the best scorer and best server in last year’s FIVB World Cup when she totaled 42 points in a victory of Dominican Republic over Germany and finished the tournament with 228 points.

 

De la Cruz is expected to play a key role for her Dominican Republic team in the NORCECA Women’s Olympic Qualifier Tournament to be held in Tijuana, Mexico from April 27 to May 6, where they will battle teams from Cuba, Canada, Costa Rica, Honduras, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Trinidad and Tobago for one berth in the 2012 London Olympic Games.

 

“We are counting heavily on her as a vital part of our offense for the upcoming Olympic Qualifier,” Dominican Republic’s coach Marcos Kwiek said. “We feel very confident about our chances of reaching the London Games.”

 

The Dominican Republic took part in the 2004 Athens Olympic Games but failed to qualify to the 2008 Beijing Games.

 

All-Time top scoring performances

54 pts Bethania de la Cruz (DOM) 2012 Japan League

54 pts Madelayne Montaño (COL) 2011 Korea League

53 pts Madelayne Montaño (COL) 2011 Korea League

53 pts Yumilka Ruiz (CUB) 2005 Russia League

53 pts Barbara Jelic-Ruzic (CRO) 1999 CEV Champions League

51 pts Bethania de la Cruz (DOM) 2012 Japan League

49 pts Nancy Metcalf (USA) 2002 Puerto Rico League

48 pts Georgina Pinedo (ARG) 2012 Korea League

48 pts Polina Rahimova (AZE) 2011 Challenge Cup

47 pts Natalia Mammadova 2006 (AZE) Champions League

46 pts Tatiana Kosheleva (RUS) 2012 Russia League

46 pts Barbara Jelic-Ruzic (CRO) 2000 World Olympic Qualifier

46 pts Mariana Isabel Conde (ARG) 2000 Italy League

45 pts Olessya Rykhliuk (UKR) 2012 Korea League

45 pts Kim Yeon-Koung (KOR) 2010 Japan League

45 pts Bethania de la Cruz (DOM) 2009 Korea League

45 pts Polina Rahimova (AZE) 2009 Challenge Cup