Scoring machine Brayelin Martinez in starting blocks
Brayelin Martinez in action for the Dominican Republic at the 2019 FIVB Volleyball Women's World Cup in Japan.
Making a name for herself at the outside hitter position, Brayelin was her country's top scorer at the 2019 FIVB Volleyball Nations League and at this year's edition of the FIVB Volleyball Women's World Cup, where only Nataliya Gonchorova of Russia and Ana Bjelica of Serbia claimed more points.
Her athleticism runs in the
blood. Her mother was a team manager of age-group national teams in the Dominican Republic and her sister Jineiry and brother are also professional athletes.
“My brother plays basketball and my 21-year-old sister Jineiry plays with me in the national team. We are all into sports. It’s my life and I feel good
because I have learned a lot from it. It makes me happy to be in this field,” she said, speaking at the Women's World Cup in September.
Brayelin turns to her teammates for inspiration and has learned to handle each situation with teamwork.
“Everyone in my team inspires me,” she said. “We play like a team and we make it a point to help each other out.”
Her club will begin their campaign in Shaoxing with a match against last year's Club World Championship winners VakifBank Istanbul of Turkey on December 3. Dentil Praia Clube will also take on Tianjin Bohai Bank of China and Igor Gorgonzola Novara of Italy in Pool B.
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