Nurys Arias gets his entrance to the Hall of Fame

In the same way that women’s volleyball took flight towards the World Cup elite, the growth of the enrollment of immortals of the discipline in the Dominican Sports Hall of Fame was given as a fact.

It was only a matter of time before the first group that starred in the historic deed began the parade down the green carpet that adorns the Pavilion’s auditorium.

And so it has been since the first withdrawals of athletes arrived and the time was up to appear on the ballots, since several volleyball players have been immortalized.

Once Cosiris Rodríguez, in 2016, became the first immortal of the group, three more members of the first wave have followed in her footsteps, including Nurys Arias, who will do so this year and will be the fourth exalted among the athletes who transformed the women’s volleyball to take it to the World Cup ranking.

Arias, winner of 35 medals (26 gold) at the international level with the tricolor team, has been chosen as part of the quota of members of the Permanent Committee of the Hall of Fame, announced today its president, Dr. Dionisio Guzmán.

“Nurys has been chosen to enter the Hall of Fame and will be immortalized in the 56th Exaltation Ceremonial that will take place next Sunday, November 13, starting at ten in the morning,” explained Guzmán.

Now he will share a seat with Corisis, Milagros Cabral and Yudelkis Bautista, exalted in 2017 and 18, respectively. Arias, who was born in San Cristóbal on May 20, 1978, served for 11 years in the senior national team.

One of the best jumpers in the world of her generation, Nurys began her path to stardom in 1995 when she helped the Dominican Republic win the silver medal at the Norceca Youth Championship and qualify for the World Cup in Thailand that same year, where her team He finished in eleventh position.

In his 11 years as a national team, he played 293 international matches, distributed in three Central American and Caribbean Games, two Pan American Games (Winnipeg 99 and Santo Domingo 2003), a World Cup, four Norceca tournaments, seven Pan American Cups, a Pre-Olympic tournament and two Grand Prix.

He was also a first-level reinforcement in the professional leagues of Japan (1997 and 98), Italy (between 1998 and 2002) and Spain (2002 and 2003).

He won three medals in the Central American and Caribbean, one silver in the version of Maracaibo ’98 and gold in El Salvador 2002 and Cartagena de Indias 2006 (Colombia).

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He was a leading figure in the conquest of the most important medal won by Dominican volleyball in its history, as was the gold at the 2003 Pan American Games held on Dominican soil.

He was part of the starting sextets that won gold medals at the Pan American Cups in Mexicali 2002, Saltillo, 2003, Miami 2004, Tijuana 2006 (Mexico), Colima 2007, Rosario 2008 and Miami 2009.

Likewise, she was champion with her team in the Norceca Championships 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2006, 20067, 2008 and 2009.

When the time came to say goodbye to the sport of high mesh, the one from San Cristóbal had 35 medals in her showcase with her team, of which 26 gold, four silver and five bronze stand out.

At the national level, Arias was a leading figure in the hegemony established by the Mirador club in the superior volleyball tournament of the National District.

Among the individual distinctions, Arias was Youth Athlete of the Year in 1995, ACD Volleyball Athlete of the Year in 1998, chosen among the best attackers in the 2006 World Grand Prix, and was among the best players in the World Cup in Japan in 2006.

Other selected athletes

She is the last athlete announced to be immortalized in the 2002 Immortal Class exaltation ceremony, of which the directors of the Standing Committee, the Veterans Committee and the members of the different associations of sports writers in the country had chosen nine.

Before Arias, the elections of former baseball players Efraín Valdez and Francisco Cordero, promoters Fernando Teruel and Héctor J. Cruz (journalist), Eleucadia Vargas, in judo; karate fighter Katty Acevedo, basketball player Francisco García, handball player Kelvin de León and Modesto Castillo, the best Dominican hurdler in history in the 110-meter specialty.


After baseball and basketball, volleyball is the sport with the most immortal athletes, with 36, of which 20 correspond to the female branch.


Nurys Arias is the eighth volleyball immortalized so far in the 21st century, out of a total of 11 who have been exalted from 2000 to date. In that period of time, the men are Héctor Romero (2007), Pascual Díaz (2011) and Luis Reyes Corcino (2017).

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