The UAAP women’s volleyball season 80 is getting more exciting as it progresses. Teams are displaying their playing and fighting form and at the same time doing their best to win.
But in every game, there can only be one victor.
In this episode of Matchpoint, FOX Sports Philippines does an analysis of how NU, UE, ADMU, and UST are faring so far before they march into the war zone this Sunday.
One Big Bite
Momentum is definitely on the side of the Lady Bulldogs as they face the Lady Warriors this Sunday.
The Sampaloc-based squad is on a roll as they remain unscathed in two outings. Behind this feat, of course, is the future of Philippine volleyball Jaja Santiago.
Jaja’s stats speak for her brilliance. She is currently number two in scoring with 42 points under her belt.
Unlike the previous season, Jaja is getting the much-needed support from her teammates as calibers like Aiko Urdas, Risa Sato, and setter Jasmine Nabor are contributing their fair share of points.
During their debut game against the Lady Maroons, the Lady Warriors showed signs of brilliance as they pushed their opponent to the limit and sent the match into a decider.
In their match against UST, however, the fighting form of the UE squad has been tamed as their attackers couldn’t find the right rhythm to score. Adding to their woes is that they could not stop Rondina’s attacks which trounce their defense through her attacks.
Shaya Adorador, their top scorer last season, is also having a bad outing so far, scoring 4.5 points per game, a far-cry to her usual 14.5 points from last season.
In the scoring absence of their main gunner, other spikers should step-up and start chipping in points for the team. If not, this could be another dismal season for them.
Support Group for Rondina
Sisi Rondina has been doing most of the damage and scoring for the Tigresses in two outings. She currently averages 24 points per game, a one-point cushion for her to score one whole set.
She sure is a do-it-all kind of an athlete, but if this trend continues for the team moving forward, she can easily be guarded by the opponent’s defense, more so get exhausted.
It is now apt for the other Tigresses to unleash their inner Rondina and start contributing for the team because if it is going to be a Rondina show the entire season, the team could be in a tight battle since many team favorites for the Final Four are already stepping up their game.
The Lady Eagles are off to a bad start contrary to what is expected of them.
Although their first two games reached five sets, both ended up in a losing fashion. What they need now is to mutate into a more cohesive unit and start building up that winning tradition left by those who came before them.
Unlike the previous seasons, Bea de Leon’s brilliance in the middle blocker position is nowhere to be found. It could probably be because of first ball woes or it could be that the Lady Eagles’ plays are too predictable that they can’t set-up a good play in the middle.
As they march into a battle against the Tigresses in their third match, will the Lady Eagles finally snap their losing streak or will the Rondina-led Tigresses be another tormentor for them?