Player of the Week: Bethania de la Cruz
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Born in Santo Domingo in 1987, Bethania de la Cruz began her club career at home for a few seasons, but soon ventured across the Caribbean to Puerto Rico and then across the Pacific for a season with Japan's Toray Arrows, with whom she picked up her first national title in 2008.
Since then she's criss-crossed the world, playing also in Korea, Turkey, Russia, Italy and Indonesia, winning championship titles in Puerto Rico with Criollas de Caguas in 2011, Russia with Dinamo Moscow in 2017 and with Dinamo Kazan in 2020 and the Dominican Republic with Mirador of Santo Domingo in 2019.
But the most fruitful stint in her career was with Eczacibasi VitrA Istanbul, as part of the squad that won the European Champions League and the FIVB Volleyball Women's Club World Championship, both in 2015.
Her career with the Dominican Republic's national team is no less impressive and her trophy cabinet at home is brimming with awards.
De la Cruz, a London 2012 Olympian, has been an integral part of the national team ever since being called to represent her country in 2005.
She has won gold medals at the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, the 2009 and 2019 North & Central America and Caribbean (NORCECA) continental championships, as well as the 2008 and 2016 Pan-American Cup.
And all along de la Cruz has also picked up individual awards that sit proudly on her cabinet, including MVP trophies from the 2006 NORCECA U20 Championship, the 2009 Pan-American Cup, the 2011 NORCECA Championship and the 2019 Pan American Games.
She was also the top scorer of the 2011 FIVB Volleyball World Cup and has consistently been bringing in the points for the Dominican Republic.
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Week 1: Yuji Nishida
Week 2: Annie Drews
Week 3: Klemen Cebulj
Week 4: Brayelin Martinez
Week 5: Milad Ebadipour
Week 6: Gabi Guimaraes
Week 7: Karol Klos
Week 8: Onuma Sittirak
Week 9: Simone Giannelli
Week 10: Eda Erdem
Week 11: Tsvetan Sokolov
Week 12: Sarina Koga
Week 13: Louisa Lippmann
Week 14: Facundo Conte
Week 15: Ding Xia
Week 16: Matt Anderson
Week 17: Britt Herbots
Week 18: Wilfredo Leon
Week 19: Nataliya Goncharova
Week 20: Jenia Grebennikov
Week 21: Kim Yeon Koung
Week 22: Wallace De Souza
Week 23: Paola Egonu
Week 24: Egor Kliuka
Week 25: Malwina Smarzek
Week 26: Yuki Ishikawa
Week 27: Jordan Larson
Week 28: Gord Perrin
Week 29: Tijana Boskovic
Week 30: Ahmed Abdelhay
Week 31: Robin de Kruijf
Week 32: Saeid Marouf
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