Dominican Brayelin Martínez dreams of the Olympics
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, January 8, 2020 –
Brayelin Martínez has emerged as the new scoring-machine of
the Dominican Republic taking the spot previously owned by
Bethania De la Cruz.
Martínez, the second best scorer of the FIVB Women’s
Volleyball Nations League in 2018 and fourth best in 2019
with 250 and 258 points, respectively, is one of the pillars
of the Dominican squad that will be seeking a ticket to the
Olympic Games as the NORCECA Tournament Tokyo 2020 takes
place in Santo Domingo.
The towering Martinez, who stands at 2.01 meters, is
dreaming with the big chance to show her scoring skills at
the spotlight of the Olympic Games.
“I have played at the Nations League, the World Cup and the
World Championship so the Olympics are the only missing
piece in my career,” said the 23 years-old Martinez, the
third best scorer in last year’s World Cup with 197 points.
Martinez can see a big chance of realizing her dreams next
weekend at the Sports Palace of Santo Domingo, where around
10,000 fans will be rooting for the home side.
“Playing at home give us an extra incentive to go for the
ticket,” says Brayelin whose younger sister Jineiry (22
years-old) is one of the starting middle blockers of the
Dominican team known as The Queens of the Caribbean. “Last
year we won the Pan American Games in Lima and the NORCECA
Continental Championship and only lost to United States in
the Pan American Cup against these opponents”.
Martínez is quick to make clear she has the utmost respect
for the teams and players of Mexico, Canada and Puerto Rico
who also will be competing for the only ticket available to
“You can’t live on past history and every day is a new day
and you have to go out and perform,” she said. “Our job is
to give our best effort to win the ticket in front of our
fans and families”.
Martínez will combine with De la Cruz to form a tandem as
strong as they come in terms of scoring. De la Cruz was the
fifth best scorer of the 2019 VNL with 241 points and was
ninth at the World Cup with 148 points.
Mexico’s top weapons are Andrea Rangel and Samantha Bricio,
Canada has the duo of Alexa Gray and Kiera Van Ryk and
Puerto Rico’s offense rely mostly on Paulina Prieto and
“We have all the pieces in place ready for the first whistle
next Friday and hopefully get the Daruma at the closing
ceremony on Sunday,” Brayelin concluded.