New twin towers: Baron, Madayag draw praise following their first game as teammates

Majoy Baron and Maddie Madayag proved their cases on why they are donning the tricolors.

The two towering middle blockers instantly made noise in their first match playing as teammates when the Philippines clashed with Indonesia in the opening salvo of the 2019 ASEAN Grand Prix earlier.

It was a welcome development for the two young players, who spent most, if not all, of their collegiate years trying to best each other suiting up for rivals La Salle and Ateneo.

Baron just came off her best outing in the international arena to date.

The La Salle alum registered 17 markers built on 11 kills, five blocks and an ace β€” the second most from the Philippines in this game next to Ces Molina’s 18.

Playing steady all throughout the five-set affair, Baron’s offense kept Indonesian defenders on their toes as she tallied 40.74 percent conversion rate.

Madayag, a late addition to the team following the departure of Jaja Santiago, also drew admiration from Filipino fans despite only playing three full sets.

Coming in for skipper Aby MaraΓ±o in the second frame, Madayag showed promise as she scored a total of seven points β€” the highest among the non-starting unit.

The UAAP Season 81 second Best Middle Blocker brought life to the Nationals after scoring off a one-two hit during the extended second set.

She was also instrumental when the national team took the third set in dominant fashion, pouring three of her total accumulated tallies in the said frame.

Following this, fans took to Twitter to praise the tandem’s performance.

Some went on to say that a new tandem has just been born in the wake of the Santiago sisters not seeing action.

Others pointed out the strength of each middle blocker, citing Baron’s impeccable net defense and Madayag’s sleek slide attacks.

Many, meanwhile, are hoping to see more action from them in the coming games as Philippines takes on Thailand tomorrow before tussling with Vietnam on Sunday.

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