UAAP Volleyball Power Rankings: Valdez barely holding on to no. 1 spot

ABS-CBN Sports on Feb 15, 2016 04:20 PM
UAAP Power Rankings: Valdez barely holding on to no. 1 spot
Alyssa Valdez keeps the top spot for another week but there is some major competition across the league.

Big surprise, the Ateneo Lady Eagles are the only undefeated team left in the UAAP Season 78 Women's Volleyball tournament.

After another week of near-flawless performances, the two-time defending champions further proved that they are still number one.

In terms of individual performers though, is the one sitting on top of our Player Power Rankings still wearing blue?

Find out the Week 2 rankings below.


1. Alyssa Valdez, Ateneo Lady Eagles (no. 1 in week 1)

It was a lot closer this week but Alyssa Valdez barely keeps her number one spot in our rankings.

The Lady Eagles coasted through their two assignments this week without dropping a single set to continue their reign of terror in the UAAP.

Valdez was exceptional in those two victories as always, finishing with 15 points against the FEU Lady Tamaraws and a cool 13 markers against the upstart UP Lady Maroons, reminding everybody why she is the best player in the country today.

Plus, she's taken her rightful place as the league's leading scorer witha total of 69 points so far on 60 spikes.

 

2. Jaja Santiago, NU Lady Bulldogs (unranked in week 1)

After losing their opening-day match to Ateneo, the NU Lady Bulldogs have been rolling with three straight wins including a signature victory against the previously undefeated La Salle Lady Spikers.

A major part of that is Jaja Santiago rounding into form.

Against the Lady Spikers, Santiago finished with an efficient 16 points with three blocks in a tough four-set win before leading the NU offense with 11 points in an easy sweep of the UE Lady Warriors last Sunday.

The towering spiker is all over the place on all scoring categories finishing in the top 5 in scoring, spiking and top 10 in blocking.

 

3. Toni Rose Basas, FEU Lady Tamaraws (unranked in week 1)

Despite an up-and-down week for FEU, Toni Rose Basas was the single shining factor for the Lady Tamaraws as they remain at .500 so far.

Basas was the leading scorer for FEU with 12 points, with six aces, in a three-set loss to Ateneo.

She then made sure the Lady Tamaraws would pick up a win this week, pouring a game-high 19 points against the surprisingly still winless UST Tigresses.

With her two solid outings, Basas is all of a sudden the third leading scorer with 59 points, trailing only Valdez and Rondina for the top spot.

 

4. Kim Fajardo, DLSU Lady Spikers (no. 2 in week 1)

Kim Fajardo remains the best player on the floor for the DLSU Lady Spikers.

Despite scoring only four points in their lone loss against National University, Fajardo still had 39 excellent sets leading into three Lady Spikers scoring in double digits.

And although she would only wind up with 18 excellent sets in La Salle's dominant bounce back win over Adamson, Fajardo was all over the place, scoring nine points on six spikes.

Six Lady Spikers scored at least eight points in that La Salle win.

Fajardo maintains a steady lead over Julia Morado as the UAAP's best setter and now she's also the second best server with nine aces in total.

 

5. Mary Joy Baron, DLSU Lady Spikers (unranked in week 1)

It can be safe to say that the DLSU Lady Spikers have the most diverse set of attackers in the UAAP now.

Why? Because this week, we saw another make her presence felt on the floor. Her name is Mary Joy Baron.

Baron had a game-high 19 points in La Salle's four-set loss to NU. Eight of those came from blocks.

She followed that up with a steady 9 points against the Lady Falcons, showing her versatlity with three aces.

And although the season is still young, it looks like La Salle will have a new leading scorer every week. Baron earned that honor now and in fact she's top five in the entire league with 53 points so far powered by a league-best 15 blocks.

 

Watchlist:

Mika Reyes, DLSU Lady Spikers

Julia Morado, Ateneo Lady Eagles

Carmela Tunay, UST Golden Tigresses

Myla Pablo, NU Lady Bulldogs

Maddie Madayag and Bea De Leon, Ateneo Lady Eagles

 

Bounce back girls!

Cherry Rondina, UST Golden Tigresses

Jessica Galanza, Adamson Lady Falcons

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