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    Dominicana On Line - El Portal de la República Dominicana

    Volleyball

    With the U.S. invasion of 1916 and the arrival of a contingent of Marines, the practice of volleyball began in the Dominican Republic.  The discipline quickly took hold in the urban sector, principally in Santo Domingo, where youth of both genders began to participate in intense days of practice on improvised courts.

    It was not until 1934 that the Dominican Republic participated for the first time in an international tournament, in Haiti, but the victories won since then in regional and world competitions are evidence of the game’s strong roots in the country.

    In 1946, the men’s and women’s teams participated for the first time in the Central American and Caribbean games, held in Colombia.  The women’s team won the gold medal.
    In 1962, the national teams represented the Dominican Republic in the Central American and Caribbean Games, held in the city of Kingston, Jamaica.  The women’s team acquired another gold medal while the men’s team won the silver.
    In 1974, the women’s volleyball team represented the country for the first time in the world championship in Mexico.  Four years later, the team attended the world championship held in Russia in 1978.
    The women’s team won third place in the Continental Championship, NORCECA, held in 1997.  In 1998, in Japan, the national athletes qualified for the World Championship and earned one of the 10 first places.  In the Central American and Caribbean Games held in the city of Maracaibo, Venezuela in 1998, the team earned second place.

    In 1999, the volleyball team obtained fourth place in the Pan American Games, held in Winnipeg, Canada.  It won the gold medal in the 1999 and 2000 U.S. Open Tournaments and second place in the International Volleyball Tournament in Bremen, Germany, after competing in the finals against Russia.

    In the European Volleyball Cup of 2000, held in the city of Palermo, Italy, the team won third place after defeating various professional teams in the Italian volleyball league.

    At the beginning of 2002, the team participated in the U.S. Professional Volleyball Tournament and won first place.  The same year, in the 19th Central American and Caribbean Sporting Games in El Salvador, the team won first place upon defeating 3-0 the Venezuelan team in the final, becoming the Central American and Caribbean champion and PanAmerican sub-champion.

    In August 2003, the Dominican team made history, winning the gold medal in the 14th PanAmerican Games held in Santo Domingo.  Five Dominican players were included in the All-Star team of the tournament.

    In 2004, in the Second Pan American Cup of Women’s Volleyball, held in the city of Saltillo, Mexico, the team defeated Cuba to compete in the finals against United States.  They earned second place.

    Volleyball Immortals of the Dominican Republic

    1.- Carmen Lugo Peña, 1967
    2.- Vinicio Santana, 1967
    3.- Lucidla Pión, 1970
    4.- Onaney Sánchez, 1971
    5.- Alejandro Kalaf, 1972
    6.- Horacio Mazara, 1973
    7.- Héctor Manuel Castillo, 1974
    8.- Teodoro Berg Alváres, 1977
    9.- Nelly Pineda, 1978
    10.- Caonabo Fernández Naranjo, 1979
    11.- Cherín Lugo, 1982
    12.- Ana Celina Sánchez, 1983
    13.- Rubén Lulo Gitte, 1985
    14.- Carlos Morales, 1987
    15.- Margarita González, 1988
    16.- Mario Crispín, 1990
    17.- Félex Mario Aguliar, 1991
    18.- Idelfonso Peña (Fonso), 1992
    19.- Freddy Antonio Quezada, 1993
    20.- Dulce María Columna, 1994
    21.- Alicia Cruzado, 1995
    22.- César Portorreal, 1996
    23.- Quisqueya Olivero, 1997
    24.- Heyda Joaquín Tineo, 1998
    25.- Deyanira Pascual, 1999
    26.- Thelma Tejada, 2000

    IMPORTANT PLAYERS

    Yudelkis Bautista
    Date of Birth: 12/05/1974
    Place of Birth: Santo Domingo
    Height: 1.93 mts
    Attack Height: 3.03
    Blocking Height: 3.08
    Games played
    Dominican Republic 302
    International 212
    World Cup 1

    Annerys Valdez Vargas
    Date of Birth: 08/07/1982
    Place of Birth: Santo Domingo
    Height: 1.91 m
    Attack Height: 3.03
    Blocking Height: 2.98
    Games played
    Dominican Republic 211
    Internationals 111
    World Cup 1

    Evelin Carrera Domingo
    Date of Birth: 10/05/1971
    Place of Birth: Santo Domingo
    Height: 1.82 m
    Attack Height: 3.01
    Blocking Height: 2.97
    Games played
    Dominican Republic 322
    Internationals 215
    World Cup 1

    Milagros Cabral de la Cruz
    Date of Birth: 10/17/1978
    Place of Birth: Santo Domingo
    Height: 1.85 m
    Attack Height: 3.08
    Blocking Height: 3.05
    Games played
    Dominican Republic 305
    Internationals 247
    World Cup 1

    Sofia Mercedes Heredia
    Date of Birth: 05/25/1976
    Place of Birth: Independencia
    Height: 1.85 m
    Attack Height: 3.06
    Blocking Height: 2.98
    Games played
    Dominican Republic 203
    Internationals 105
    World Cup 1

    Juana González Sánchez
    Date of Birth: 01/03/1979
    Place of Birth: Santo Domingo
    Height: 1.85 mts
    Attack Height: 2.95
    Blocking Height: 2.90
    Games played
    Dominican Republic 125
    International 70
    World Cup 1

    Francia Jackson Cabrera
    Date of Birth: 11/08/1975
    Place of Birth: Santo Domingo
    Height: 1.68 m
    Attack Height: 2.80
    Blocking Height: 2.75
    Games played
    Dominican Republic 320
    International 259
    World Cup 1

    Priscila Rivera Brens
    Date of Birth: 12/29/1986
    Place of Birth: Santo Domingo
    Height: 1.83 m
    Attack Height: 3.09
    Blocking Height: 3.05
    Games played
    Dominican Republic 162
    International 132
    World Cup 1

    Cosiris Rodríguez Andino
    Date of Birth: 08/30/1977
    Place of Birth: San Cristóbal
    Height: 1.91 m
    Attack Height: 3.13
    Blocking Height: 3.05
    Games played
    Dominican Republic 295
    International 245
    World Cup 1

    Kenia Moreta Pérez
    Date of Birth: 04/07/1981
    Place of Birth: Santo Domingo
    Height: 1.91 m
    Attack Height: 3.10
    Blocking Height: 3.05
    Games played
    Dominican Republic 160
    International 178
    World Cup 1

    Data from the Federación Dominicana de Voleibol











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