PVL: Valdez leads MVP race
Mark Escarlote on Nov 25, 2018 03:14 PM
Alyssa Valdez of Creamline lined up impressive numbers in the stats race to boost her MVP bid.
Creamline star Alyssa Valdez makes a strong case to win the coveted Most Valuable Player award after a stellar performance in the two-round eliminations of the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Open Conference.
The Cool Smashers' team captain dominated the scoring department with 280 points she tallied from 231 kills, 34 aces and 15 kill blocks.
Valdez, the 2017 Reinforced Conference MVP, topped the rest of the field in success rate in attacks with a 40.38% efficiency and landed at no. 1 spot in aces with an average of 0.65 service winner per set. The former Ateneo de Manila University star also showed her prowess in floor defense with 3.50 digs per frame, placing fourth in the department behind three liberos.
Valdez’s leadership and all-around play brought reigning Reinforced Conference champion Creamline to the Final Four.
Behind Valdez in the scoring department is Pocari Sweat-Air Force standout Myla Pablo, a two-time MVP and reigning conference MVP, who had 267 points in the elims from 237 kills, 19 kill blocks and 11 aces.
She’s behind Valdez in attack efficiency (33.52%), 10th in digs (2.84 per set) and also 10th in reception efficiency.
Lady Warriors middle Jeanette Panaga led the blocking department with 0.79 kill blocks per set ahead of closest pursuer Krich Macaslang of Adamson-Akari (0.71). Panaga took the second spot in aces scored (30 or 0.52 aces per set).
Thang Ponce of Adamson-Akari averaged 5.81 digs per frame to lead the digging department followed by Cienne Cruz of PetroGazz (4.62). Veteran libero Mel Gohing of Creamline ruled the reception department with 50% efficiency ahead of Ponce (49.28).
Reigning Best Setter Jia Morado of Creamline could be on her way to her third playmaking recognition after averaging 8.65 excellent sets per frame.
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