HEADTURNERS: How did the young NU stars fare in their first PVL game?

BALIPURE-NU may have dropped its first game in the PVL Reinforced Conference but its young stars gave us the first taste of what to expect from them this season and in the future.

The Purest Water Defenders bowed to the more experienced Iriga-Navy Lady Oragons in close four-sets, 23-25, 23-25, 25-22, 19-25, with the volleyball fans and even foreign import Macy Ubben taking notice of the raw talent of youngsters Alyssa Solomon, Joyme Caganda, Mhichaela Belen, Princess Robles, and Jennifer Nierva.

The high school standouts from the Nazareth School of National University did not disappoint in both offense and defense as they kept up with the pace of the veterans from the Iriga-Navy side.

Let us take a look at their stats in their impressive PVL debut.

Joyme Cagande

The young setter showed a lot of variety with her setting distribution, allowing all her hitters to participate in the team’s offense. Cagande tallied 28 of the Balipure-NU’s 38 total excellent sets and was the facilitator behind the team’s 52 attacks.

Princess Robles

The Western Visayas star delivered 15 points built from 13 kills from 39 spike attempts and laced with two service aces. Despite only standing at 5-foot-4, Robles bravely blasted through the defense of the Lady Oragons with her hard hits from the wings.

Alyssa Solomon

The junior national team member chipped in eight points from seven attacks and a block. The 6-foot-1 open hitter made noise in social media as she was dubbed as the next Jaja Santiago in the Babes Castillo-mentored squad.

Mhichaela Belen

The UAAP Season 80 Juniors Most Valuable Player paced the Water Defenders with 17 big points. She scored 15 off spikes from 34 attempts for an attack efficiency of 44%, a spike percentage recorded by former Shakey’s V-league stars Mary Jean Balse, Sasa Devanadera, and Jaja Santiago. She also contributed two points from the service line.

Jennifer Nierva

Probably one of the best if not the best debuts for a libero, Jennifer Nierva finished with an impressive double-double performance. The young floor defender tallied 70.5% efficiency in reception after converting 24 excellent receives out of the 34 attempts. She also had 14 excellent digs from 24 attempts for a success rate of 58%.