Mary Cruz is from Yaracuy State in Venezuela. Yaracuy has gained acclaim over the years for producing many of the country’s top national athletes. Physical education at the primary school level has contributed significantly as a catalyst for the development of sport at a state level, as it has always been holistically integrated into the Venezuelan curriculum.
Mary was first introduced to the fundamentals of volleyball at age eight during a PE class, and there began her love for sport. At age 15, she was selected to represent her state team, and at 18 she became the first person in her family selected to represent Venezuela internationally in the sport of volleyball.
She spent three years as a member of the national women’s volleyball team competing regionally and internationally against Colombia, Bolivia, and Peru.