PVL: Who are the top performing locals in the reinforced conference?

We are halfway through the preliminaries of the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Reinforced Conference.

Teams are trying their best to bag as much as wins as they can to give them a better footing for the next round.

Reinforcements have all imposed their might, topping the leaderboard in almost all skill department.

But of course, it’s also important to have strong local support. Volleyball is a team sport after all, and foreign and local players alike must work hand in hand to capture victories much easier.

We list down the top performing locals as of May 20, 2018:

1. Alyssa Valdez (Creamline)

Creamline probably has one of the most consistent local core for this season. Valdez is only one of two locals in the top 10 scoring list.

The former UAAP MVP is seventh with a total of 62 points or 15.5 markers per outing. She is also the second best server in the season with a total of 11 aces.

More importantly, her constant support to the team’s leading scorer, Thai import Kuttika Kaewpin, has been vital to all of Creamline’s three victories so far.

2. Jovie Prado (Tacloban)

Prado has been delivering the goods for Coach Nes Pamilar. She is ninth in the scoring list with a total of 55 markers, with most coming off of spikes. The former NCAA Finals MVP is averaging 13.75 points per match.

Tacloban has had a decent showing so far with a 2-2 win-loss card.

Their import Amphorn Hyapha had a rough start but finally found her rhythm in the recent games of Tacloban. The power combo of Prado and Hyapha will definitely give their opposing teams a hard time.

3. Joyme Cagande (BaliPure-NU)

The young BaliPure-NU squad has been turning heads as of late. They found themselves at third in the team rankings, just behind top contenders Creamline and PayMaya.

Despite being the youngest team in the league, they proved that they aren’t just pushovers. The Babes Castillo-mentored squad already defeated more-experienced teams like the Petro Gazz Angels and Tacloban Fighting Warays.

At the forefront of the Water Defenders’ assault is their playmaker Joy Cagande. She isn’t a three-time UAAP juniors’ Best Setter for nothing.

Caganda is the leading setter in the reinforced conference with 7.77 excellent sets per frame, topping veterans like Janet Serafica and Julia Morado.

4. Lizlee Gata-Pantone (PayMaya)

Pantone has been key to PayMaya’s three victories so far in the tournament. They are atop the standings with a 3-1 win-loss card, tied with the Creamline Cool Smashers.

The multi-awarded libero has been very solid in providing support for her teammates. She leads the league in digs with 4.77 excellent digs per set.

With a team who has a potent striker like American guest player Tess Rountree, Pantone’s ability to excellently pass the ball to their setter is a sight to behold.

Just like the old days, the former Lady Falcon has never faltered, even by just a bit.

5. Jennifer Nierva (BaliPure-NU)

Nierva is one of the most talked about players in social media. A lot of people have been very impressed with her floor defense.

The young libero is currently the best receiver in the league with a 55.56% efficient rate or 60 excellent receptions off 99 attempts.

Nierva is a defensive gem that many volleyball aficionados should look forward to. She is definitely going to be one of the country’s elite liberos in the future.

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