Espejo collects PVL MVP, 1st Best Open Spiker awards
Mark Escarlote on Oct 14, 2017 03:20 PM
Marck Espejo of Ateneo de Manila University grabbed the PVL Collegiate Conference Most Valuable Player award.
Ateneo de Manila University star Marck Espejo bested the field with his exceptional performance to earn the coveted Most Valuable Player in the inaugural Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference men's division.
The King Eagle received the highest individual award on Saturday before Game 2 of the best-of-three Finals between Ateneo and Far Eastern University at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
Ateneo eventually won the crown with a straight sets, 25-21, 25-22, 25-16, win to complete a series sweep with Espejo bagging Finals MVP.
Espejo, who was also named 1st Best Outside Spiker, averaged a tournament-best 18.14 points per game during the elimination round.
The fifth year hitter posted remarkable 62.86% success rate in attacks and topped in service aces with 0.45 service winners per frame.
Aside from offense Espejo, the four time UAAP MVP that led the Blue Eagles to three straight UAAP titles, was superb on defense. He normed 1.95 digs per set and registered 56.12% efficiency rate in reception as he led Ateneo to a sweep of the elims.
Blue Eagles libero Manuel Sumanguid was named Best Libero after averaging 2.68 digs per set and posting 60% efficiency rate in reception. Another Ateneo player, Ish Polvorosa, bagged the Best Setter award after averaging 10 excellent sets per frame.
Fauzi Ismail of National University captured the 2nd Best Outside Spiker award while teammate Kim Malabunga got the 2nd Best Middle Blocker citation, John Paul Bugaoan of FEU pocketed the 1st Best Middle Blocker award while University of Sto. Tomas’ Joshua Umandal received the Best Opposite Spiker recognition.
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