The Russian women’s volleyball giants Dinamo-Ak Bars allegedly reached an agreement with the Dominican Republic National Team duo.
Bruno Voloch from O Tempo revealed that two Dominican players will reinforce Dinamo-Ak Bars for the next season. These are opposite hitter Gaila González and outside hitter Bethania de la Cruz – they reportedly signed a one-year deal with the Russian giants.
The experienced De la Cruz, the big name of Dominican volleyball and one of the biggest stars that ever competed in competitions under NORCECA, will thus return to Superliga to complete her third ’term’ in a championship in which she made her debut in 2016 in the ranks of Dinamo Moscow and to which she returned three years later to sign exactly with Dinamo-Ak Bars.
The 35-year-old player spent the last season in Kazakstan’s VC Altay and then in the USA’s Athletes Unlimited pro league, becoming an individual champion. This is only one of the vast number of collective and individual awards De la Cruz received thus far. As for collective ones, we’ll highlight the CEV Champions League and FIVB Club World Championship title (with both with Turkey’s Eczacıbaşı Dynavit), as well as two Russian Championship titles (Dinamo Moscow and Dinamo Kazan) – with clubs; three gold medals in NORCECA Championship, one in Pan American Games, etc. – with the national team. Individually, De la Cruz was recognized MVP of the NORCECA Championship, Pan-American Cup, and Pan American Games once each…
As for González, the MVP of the last NORCECA Championship, she’ll play in the Russian Championship for the first time. The 25-year-old player came to the Kazan side after a four-year experience in Turkey, which she spent in four different clubs, concluding with Mert Grup Sigorta last season. González allegedly had a proposal to continue in this country but rejected the offer from Galatasaray HDI Sigorta.
The two internationals from the Dominican Republic will join Dinamo Kazan once the 2022 FIVB World Championship that will take place in the Netherlands and Poland ends by which the Tatarstan powerhouse will fill the gap that was created after the departures of Fabris (Eczacıbaşı, Turkey), Bricio (Shanghai, China), and Kadochkina (Lokomotiv).