Soltones wins back-to-back NCAA women's MVP awards

Mark Escarlote on Jan 26, 2016 12:56 PM
Soltones wins back-to-back NCAA women's MVP awards
Grethcel Soltones captured her second straight Most Valuable Player award.

San Sebastian ace hitter Grethcel Soltones clinched her second straight Most Valuable Player award as she lorded it over in the statistical race after the elimination round of the 91st NCAA women’s volleyball competition.

The Catmon, Cebu native is on top of the field in offense despite missing one match in the nine games as she powered the Lady Stags in completing an elims sweep for an outright Finals spot and a thrice-to-beat advantage.

Soltones, also last season’s Best Scorer, accumulated 185 points coming from 166 attacks, 16 service aces and three blocks ahead of College of St. Benilde middle hitter Jeanette Panaga and Janine Navarro. She is second in spikes and eighth in service winners.  

The SSC-R star sat out in their match against Mapua after suffering from a foot injury (swollen ingrown).   

Panaga, who won last year’s Best Spiker and Best Blocker awards, collected 149 points from 94 spikes, 38 kill blocks and 17 service aces while Navarro is six markers behind her teammate with 143 points coming from 118 attacks, 11 kill block and 14 aces.

Panaga once again won the Best Blocker citation after averaging 1.06 per set in the elims.

Graduating player Christine Joy Rosario of the dethroned Arellano University pocketed the Best Spiker award, posting a 48.07% success rate in a 105-of-214 clip compared to Soltones’ 45.48%.

Jose Rizal University’s Shola May Alvarez was the sharpest in the service line in the elims with 22 aces or an average of 0.71 per frame, besting Arellano’s Jovielyn Prado, who averaged 0.61 per set.

Playmaker Rhea Ramirez of AU averaged 6.74 excellent sets per frame to emerge as Best Setter as she posted 595 still sets and 209 running sets ahead of Lady Stag Vira Guillema, who averaged 4.45 sets per frame on 655 still and 147 running sets.

Last season’s Best Digger Alyssa Eroa of SSC-R duplicated her effort last year with 3.61 excellent dig average per frame, only a hairline apart from AU’s Eunice Galang, who averaged 3.19 digs per set.

CSB libero Melanie Torres stole the Best Receiver recognition from last year’s winner Eroa with 82 excellent receptions – an impressive efficiency rating of 22.56%. Lady Chief Vhima Condada placed second with 72 (21.61%) while the SSC-R libero was third with 66 (21.57%).

Nieza Viray of San Beda won Rookie of the Year.



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