Alondra Tapia volleyball player with a scholarship in Japan
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, December 20, 2019 - The
young Dominican Alondra Tapia Cruz has been recipient of a
scholarship to study and play in Japan through an agreement
signed between the National Women's Volleyball National
Teams Project and the Japanese International Cooperation
According to the pact, Tapia Cruz, 15, will study and play
at Furukawa-Gakuen High School until 2023.
The agreement was signed by Cristóbal Marte Hoffiz, on
behalf of the SENAFE Project, while Mr. Okazaki Norio signed
it for the Furukawa-Gakuen School.
"We are very satisfied with the signing of this agreement
whose first beneficiary is Alondra," said Marte Hoffiz
during a farewell dinner offered by SENAFE attended by Mr.
Daichi Saegusa, coach of the Japan Volleyball Association (JaVA)
and Mr. Kondo Takayuki, representative of JAICA. "It will
allow her to develop as a player and student in Japanese
The Japanese high school will cover the costs of
accommodation, medical insurance, studies and other minor
expenses, while the Dominican part, SENAFE-Dominican
Volleyball Federation will cover air transfers each time
Tapia Cruz plays with the Dominican National Team.
The outstanding Dominican athlete, who was studying the
Japanese language until last November at the APEC Institute
of Higher Studies, was selected by Japanese technicians who
took into account their age, athletic conditions and school
Tapia Cruz is committed to playing with the National
Volleyball Team in the NORCECA U-18 Championship and the
U-18 Pan American Cup of 2020, as well as the FIVB U-18
World Championship of 2021. Also the NORCECA U-20
Continental Championship in 2021 and the U20 Pan American
Cup in 2022.
The student-player contract obliges the student to play
volleyball representing Furukawa-Gakuen High School during
the years in which tournaments are held each year in the
month of December. Likewise, Tapia Cruz agrees to play with
a Japanese League contracting team during the 2023, 2024 and
2025 seasons under conditions to be discussed with their