The University of the East Lady Warriors may not have the best volleyball program in UAAP but they have produced players who took the league by storm during their collegiate stints.
Known as a consistent cellar-dweller, it was the lack of star power that chained the Recto-based squad in the bottom of the standings almost every season. With only a few names leaving a mark in the league, recalling the school’s prized standouts will just be a walk in the park.
Here are your Lady Warriors’ all-time first six:
Mary Grace Masangkay – Setter
A steady server and setter, Acy Masangkay was one of the vital cogs for UE’s sixth-place finish in Season 74, the team’s best achievement in the past ten years. With only a few offensive options in their roster, Masangkay was still able to crack the top 5 in the setting department with 4.89 excellent sets per frame.
Acy remains an active player today as she brought her craft to the semi-pro ranks, winning a pair of titles for the Petron Blaze Spikers. She was part of Petron’s historic sweep of the All-Filipino Conference in the 2015 Philippine Superliga.
Shaya Adorador and Leuseht Dawis – Outside Hitters
Shaya Adorador is currently the face of the gutsy Lady Warriors. Equipped with ample experience from her stint with Generika in the PSL, the 5-foot-8 open spiker serves as the focal point of UE’s offense this season. Adorador has worked doubly hard from spiking to digging, enough to give UE its two wins in 11 outings.
Meanwhile, Leuseht Dawis was the lone bright spot for the Boy Dalistan-crew in Season 75. Dawis possessed a rare combination of beauty and athleticism. She averaged 8.9 points and 1.6 blocks per match after the elimination round, with a career-high of 26 points in a loss against the Lady Maroons.
Suzanne Roces and Kite Rosale – Middle Blockers
The former Rookie of the Year, Suzanne Roces, is no doubt the best product of the UE’s volleyball program. Before the emergence of Maika Ortiz, Abigail Maraño, and Maica Morada, it was Roces who was first known for her patented running and quick hits. After her dominant collegiate career, she became one of the most in-demand guest players in the now-defunct Shakey’s V-League – playing for powerhouse teams UST and San Sebastian.
On the other hand, Rosale was dubbed as the reincarnation of Sue Roces. The ex-team captain of the UE Lady Warriors single-handedly carried UE to a 3-11 finish in Season 73 with her consistent all-around performance. She was one of the most versatile players in her time who can play open, middle, and opposite. Her highest scoring output was 25 points in a massive upset win against the Lady Eagles.
Jimberly Dawn Dizon – Opposite Spiker
With Rosale carrying most of the scoring load, Jimberly Dawn Dizon served as the Robin on UE’s Batman as she provided the much-needed support on the offensive end. The lefty opposite spiker registered a career-best 18 points to escape Ateneo in a five-set thriller, followed by a 17-point production in a loss versus FEU.
Kath Arado – Libero
Winning the Best Libero Award in a tournament abroad, Rookie of the Year in Season 77, and a couple of Best Digger (Season 79) and Receiver (Season 79 and 80) Awards in the UAAP, Kath Arado is on her way to legendary status as the best libero to ever play for the Lady Warriors.
The fifth-year player currently leads the receiving category and second in the digging department and is poised to pull off an impressive UAAP exit. There is no other name to put in the libero position in UE’s all-time starting six aside from a Kath Arado.