All-Time NCAA First Six

NCAA Women’s Volleyball maybe less popular than its UAAP counterpart, but the quality of players is almost the same, if not equal.

Alumnae of the league have made impact not only in their collegiate careers but also in the international stage. It only proves that the NCAA program can go up against some of the best schools in the UAAP in terms of women’s volleyball.

So, let’s refresh our memories to these memorable volleyball players that came from the NCAA:

OPEN SPIKERS:

Michelle Carolino (Letran)

A former national team player, Michelle led the Colegio de San Juan de Letran Lady Knights alongside her sister Mayeth to back-to-back women’s volleyball title in 1998-1999. She was a former MVP during her time with the Lady Knights as well as Best Attacker and Best Scorer. She also led the offensive attack of the Lady Knights through her lightning quick kills. After college, she joined the Philippine Army team in different semi-pro leagues. She was also a fixture in the early iteration of the National Team in the early 2000s.

Laurence Ann Latigay (San Sebastian)

Before Soltones graced the court with her sensational attacks, former NCAA MVP Lou-Ann was doing it first. Known as “The Silencer”, she can annihilate her opponents through her forceful kills that complement to the defensive system of the Lady Stags at that time. She led San Sebastian to four straight NCAA women’s volleyball titles from 2005-2009. She also made an appearance for Shakey’s V-League and was hailed the Power Player of the Conference (Season 4, 2nd Conference) in 2007. Then the following year, she won the MVP award in the Second Conference as well as the Best Scorer award en route to V-League title for San Sebastian.

UTILITY:

Mayeth Carolino (Letran)

Like her sister Michelle, she also represented the Philippines in the international stage of women’s volleyball. Together, they guided the Letran Lady Knights to two straight NCAA women’s volleyball titles. Along with her sister, they turned the Lady Knights into champions and a team to be feared. She also joined the Philippine Army.

MIDDLE BLOCKERS:

Honey Royse Tubino (UPHSD)

With her towering presence in front of the net, the former University of Perpetual Help skipper was feared by the opposing teams because of her ability to neutralize attacks with her blocks. Furthermore, she can also score with such force and efficiency, making her difficult to scout and stop. She was hailed MVP and Best Scorer in Season 89 after helping the Lady Altas reach the NCAA women’s volleyball championship for the third consecutive year. She currently plays for the Cocolife Asset Managers of Philippine SuperLiga (PSL) and was once a member of Philippine national women’s volleyball squad.

Sandra Delos Santos (UPHSD)

Like Tubino, Sandra delos Santos was also a former MVP in NCAA women’s volleyball. She achieved that feat in Season 87 when they won the title against the Letran Lady Knights. She also won the MVP in Shakey’s V-League. Though silent at times, the two-time NCAA champion can deliver in crucial situations when it mattered the most. She disappeared for a while but pulled a comeback last year when she played for Cignal HD Spikers of Philippine SuperLiga (PSL).

SETTER:

Charisse Vernon Ancheta (San Sebastian)

One of the best setters during her collegiate career, she was the perfect complement for Lou Ann Latigay. She successfully ran the offense of San Sebastian at that time and she was an extremely superb playmaker. She had a stint in the Shakey’s V-League and won the Best Setter award in the Second Conference. She also helped San Sebastian in claiming the V-League title in 2008 and was a vital cog for the four straight championship title of Lady Stags from 2005-2009.

LIBERO:

Jheck Dionela (UPHSD)

Angelique Beatrice, popularly known as “Jheck” is definitely one of the best liberos in the country today. Despite being short in height, the “pocket-sized libero” is using it as her advantage in speed and quickness to successfully dig and receive the ball. Also, her pretty looks and beautiful face made her one of the popular volleyball players. The pride of University of Perpetual Help was also a member of the Philippine national team at the 2013 and 2015 Asian Women’s Championship. She currently plays for the Cignal HD Spikers of Philippine Super Liga (PSL).

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