Bethania to play in new U.S. Volleyball League
SANTO DOMINGO, February 15, 2021 - Dominican volleyball player
Bethania De la Cruz has joined the select group of players who
will give life to the new league in the United States.
De la Cruz has been an important part of the success of the
Dominican Republic national team in the last decade.
"Well, although training is not the same as playing, in recent
months I have been training in my country and I think that with
the level of training it will be less difficult to adapt," De la
Cruz told PV MEDIA SPORTS.
De la Cruz will be one of 40 players who will make their debut
with the new league organized by the company, Athletes
Unlimited, which will be based in the city of Dallas, Texas.
The American league presents performance rules that in turn will
be the format that will give the money each player wins per
game. The regular season will begin on February 27 and will last
for five weeks. The league will have four teams, while a total
of 40 players will be active in the tournament, prior to each
week of competition the players will be distributed by teams.
Regarding the experience of participating in the league, the
stellar attacker commented, “For me, it is an honor that I have
been invited and chosen to play in this league in its first
edition and obviously representing the Caribbean and my country
always fills me with pride. I feel good, positive for this new
experience, a long time without playing, but I think that the
same different format will make it fun," said the player who
will wear the number 81 on her uniform.
It will be the eighth professional league for De la Cruz that
she had the first experience of it was in 2007 in Puerto Rico
with the disappeared Vaqueras de Bayamón, then she returned in
2011 to support the Caguas Criollas championship. Other leagues
where she has played are Italy, Japan, Korea, Russia, Indonesia
The new league will have among its players the iconic Puerto
Rican attacker, Aury Cruz and the liberos, Nomarie Vélez and
Dalianliz Rosado, as well as Brazilian, Sheila Castro and
American, Jordan Larson.
In recent days it was announced that matches of the league will
be televised by two major networks in the United States.