UAAP Volleyball Power Rankings: Alyssa Valdez is still Queen
ABS-CBN Sports on Feb 09, 2016 10:01 AM
There are many worthy challengers but Alyssa Valdez is still number 1 in the UAAP.
Two weekends down and the 78th Season of UAAP Volleyball is slowly starting to take shape.
The usual suspects are at it again in the standings as super powers Ateneo and La Salle are the only two undefeated teams remaining in the women's division and early on, the road to the finals will go through the two-time defending champion Lady Eagles and the Lady Spikers.
With that being said, let's go to the first edition of our player power rankings to see who has made their mark individually through the first two weeks of the season.
1. Alyssa Valdez - Ateneo Lady Eagles.
Who else did you expect?
The Lady Eagles of Ateneo continue to run amok in the UAAP with another victory, their 20th straight dating back to Season 76, and they are led by none other than the two-time MVP Alyssa Valdez.
The Queen Eagle posted 23 points, with 20 attacks, to power the Ateneo past Cherry Rondina and the UST Golden Tigresses on Sunday.
It was a nice follow up to her 18 points on a rousing opening day win over the NU Lady Bulldogs.
Until someone takes it from her convincingly, the number one spot in the UAAP belongs to the one wearing jersey no. 2.
2. Kim Fajardo - De La Salle Lady Spikers.
La Salle's big 3 is complete once again and while Ara Galang continues to find her way back from ACL injury and Mika Reyes steady as ever, the driving force behind the Lady Spikers' offense in the early going has been Kim Fajardo.
Through two games, Fajardo is running away as the best setter in all of the UAAP.
Against the UP Lady Maroons, Galang had 41 excellent sets to go along with eight points and she had 35 excellent sets in La Salle's sweep of FEU to open the season.
Overall, Fajardo is keeping everyone happy in the La Salle offense as the Lady Spikers had five double-digit scorers against UP and another three against FEU.
3. Jessica Galanza - Adamson Lady Falcons.
What a way for Jessica Galanza to announce that the Adamson Lady Falcons is officially her team.
Galanza exploded for a career-high 28 points in the Lady Falcons' five-set thriller of a win against the UST Tigresses to open their campaign that included 25 attack points and a number of crucial plays.
And although Adamson would lose to NU in the following game after four tough sets, she would still drop 17 markers on 16 spikes.
As an early proof that she's now one of the players to watch out for this season, Galanza is the second leading scorer with 45 points, second to only Cherry Rondina. She's also second in success rate, how about that.
4. Cherry Rondina - UST Golden Tigresses.
Speaking of Rondina, UST's spitfire spiker has come out with guns ablaze for the Tigresses to open Season 78 firing a league-best 51 points albeit coming in two defeats.
Picking up from where she left off last season, Rondina almost single-handedly gave the Tigresses their first win of the season against Adamson by scoring a career-high 30 points.
She then went head-to-head with Alyssa Valdez, coming up with 21 markers, as UST lost to Ateneo in four sets.
If only both games resulted in victories, the second-year sparkplug out of Cebu is number one on this list.
5. Mika Reyes - De La Salle Lady Spikers.
Players in the position of Mika Reyes are not supposed to lead their teams in scoring, especially if there is a spiker named Ara Galang in the roster.
But through two games, Galang and Reyes are tied as La Salle's best scorers with 23 points apiece. It's not like that is a problem for the Lady Spikers though.
Picking up some slack as Galang continues to find her groove, Reyes has been super reliable for La Salle, even top-scoring the Lady Spikers against FEU.
It's pretty much automatic if Fajardo decides to feed Reyes on offense as the lanky stunner is currently the best spiker in the league with 51.3 percent success rate on her attacks.
She's not flashy but La Salle will take a sure point over flashy ones all the time.
Jaja Santiago, Nu Lady Bulldogs (4th leading scorer)
Shaya Adorador, UE Lady Warriors (5th leading scorer)
Julia Morado, Ateneo Lady Eagles (2nd best setter)