As the UAAP women’s volleyball elimination rounds come to an end, the individual awards have now become the hottest subject among volleyball fans.
This season’s preliminaries did not only showcase intense match-ups between the eight UAAP teams. The league has seen plenty of memorable individual performances from a plethora of talented volleyball stars.
From Tots Carlos and Sisi Rondina’s showtime to Bernadette Pons’ triple double outings and Joy Dacoron’s massive improvement, these collegiate stars never fail to give us topnotch brand of volleyball.
After 56 matches, here are the stat leaders in each individual skills of the UAAP women’s volleyball tournament:
Interestingly, NU’s Jaja Santiago is not yet ready to relinquish her Best Attacker award.
A national team member, Jaja showed once again that height is might when it comes to offense as she leads the league in spiking with an efficiency of 41.76%. Santiago was the best offensive player in the previous season on 42.58% success rate in spikes.
Meanwhile, Celine Domingo emerged as the most indestructible tower among the league’s lofty middle blockers. The former UE Lady Warrior tallied 41 rejections on 201 attempts in her first tour of duty for the green and gold squad. She is averaging 0.73 blocks per set, to topple former Best Blocker awardees, Majoy Baron and Santiago, in the race.
Season 79 Finals MVP Desiree Cheng made her serves the first line of her offense to dominate the serving category with 0.66 aces per set from a total of 35.
It is a sign of vast improvement for Cheng as she was not even in the top 10 best servers last season.
One of the most anticipated match-up this season is the rivalry between Dawn Macandili and Kath Arado in the best libero race.
When the smoke cleared, it is UE’s prized libero who came out on top of the digging and receiving categories.
Arado norms 6.72 digs per frame, a much improved figure compared to her last year’s 6.60. Speaking of improvement, she has also elevated her service reception, with a success rate of 53.07% this season from 41.96% efficiency in the previous year.
In the setting department, Ateneo’s Deanna Wong has finally stepped out of the shadow of her predecessor, Jia Morado. The young setter tops the setting race with an average of 8.54 sets per frame, enough to transform the Lady Eagles as the best spiking squad this year.
There is a new scoring queen in town!
UST’s Sisi Rondina has filled the stat sheet with glaring numbers. From being fourth in scoring in the previous season, Rondina is this year’s best scoring machine after she amassed 296 markers from 271 spikes, 8 blocks, and 17 aces. Her 296-point production has eclipsed Jaja Santiago’s 268-output, when she was awarded Best Scorer last season.