Pan American Cup Individual Honors

July 04, 2009, 11:29 p.m. (ET)

MIAMI, Fla. (July 4, 2009) - Dominican Republic’s Bethania de la Cruz was honored Saturday night as the most valuable player of the Eighth Women’s Pan American Cup being held at University of Miami’s BankUnited Center since June 26.

De la Cruz led Dominican Republic to the silver medal of the tournament and was the event’s second-leading scorer with 108 points, including a tournament-leading 0.83 service ace average and 20 aces en route to the Best Server award.

Aurea Cruz of Puerto Rico was honored as the Best Scorer with 151 points via 115 spikes, 16 blocks and 20 aces. Peru’s Yulissa Zamudio earned the Best Spiker award with a 52.98 success rate.

The United States was represented with two honorees. Danielle Scott-Arruda was selected as the Best Blocker with a tournament-leading 0.92 block average. The Best Digger was presented to United States’ Nicole Davis as she averaged 3.42 digs per set.

Vilmarie Mojica of Puerto Rico earned the Best Setter award with 6.28 running sets average. Peru’s Vanessa Palacios captured two awards – Best Receiver and Best Libero – with 60.70 success rate and 54.79 efficiency on receptions. Brenda Castillo of Dominican Republic was named as the tournament’s Rising Star.

Final Standings
1. Brazil
2. Dominican Republic
3. Puerto Rico
4. USA
5. Peru
6. Argentina
7. Canada
8. Costa Rica
9. Mexico
10. Trinidad & Tobago
11. Guatemala