PVL Finals By The Numbers: Atin ‘To
ABS-CBN Sports on Sep 13, 2018 05:29 PM
As the UP Lady Maroons celebrate their hard-earned title, let’s take a look at some interesting statistics from their championship run.
The University of the Philippines Lady Fighting Maroons made history on a rainy Wednesday evening after capturing their first major title since 1982.
The Diliman-based squad survived a wild match and Finals series against a hobbled yet determined Far Eastern University squad to clinch the Premier Volleyball League season 2 Collegiate Conference championship.
While the title showdown was epic in itself, the Lady Maroons’ journey to supremacy, and the numbers behind it will speak about their long, hard road to ending an extended drought.
As the Diliman volleybelles celebrate their hard-earned title, let’s take a look at some interesting statistics from their championship run.
The Lady Maroons’ record against UAAP teams in the elimination round.
UP was always on the brink of getting kicked off the Final Four race after failing to beat any of its fellow UAAP-based squads. All of their wins came at the expense of NCAA teams, but they were just enough to lift them to the semis, where they eventually showed what the Utak-Puso spirit is all about.
Number of sets played in the Finals.
UP’s run to the title was nothing short of astounding. All two matches went the distance, and then some.
Standing toe-to-toe against FEU, a squad that flee under the radar, all the way to the Finals of the UAAP season 80 volleyball tournament, the Lady Maroons fought tooth-and-nail to the very last point.
In the series opener, UP climbed back from down two sets to steal the advantage from the George Pascua-led Lady Tamaraws.
In the second game, UP came oh so close to surrendering their two-set advantage after a meltdown of epic proportions caused by FEU’s proven spirit. But the Lady Maroons somehow survived.
UP’s opening lead in the third set.
FEU was in shambles after the Lady Maroons flew to a 2-0 match lead in Game 2. In the third, and what many believed was the final set, UP zoomed to a commanding 8-0 advantage, prompting fans in the arena to already start celebrating.
But Coach Pascua pleaded to the Lady Tams during a timeout to continue fighting. And they did, eventually erasing UP’s lead late in the set to stay alive.
Rejuvenated by that enthralling comeback in Set 3, FEU claimed the fourth frame, and then took a commanding lead in the final set to make the hopes of a rubber match for all the marbles possible.
FEU’s lead in the fifth and final set.
Stunned after giving up two sets, UP was at the wrong end of a historic comeback.
Now facing a six-point deficit in a deciding point in the series, UP unloaded a spirited 8-0 run to once again stun FEU, and to snap a 36-year drought for UP volleyball.
Combined points for Finals MVP Isa Molde and team captain Ayel Estrañero in that final 8-0 burst.
Once again, the Lady Maroons’ veterans came through. After willing the squad through the Final Four and the Finals, it was Molde who led the fightback with emphatic hits before Estrañero‘s steady serve clinched the championship.
Isa Molde’s scoring average in the Finals.
With everything on the line, UP’s golden girl stepped it up. After earning the MVP award after norming 15.14 points in the elimination round, Molde came through in the championship series, dropping 16 and 22 points respectively to finally deliver a long-awaited volleyball title to Diliman.