UAAP Power Rankings: A Rookie Surprise
ABS-CBN Sports on Feb 22, 2016 03:28 PM
It was a big week for the UAAP, check out the top performers here (spoiler: there is a new number 1)
Just when we thought Alyssa Valdez might be slowing down a little, she gives us a vintage performance this week as the Ateneo Lady Eagles are simply just a cut above the rest in the UAAP.
However, the Queen Eagle was not the only one to put up big numbers in week 3 of the Season 78 women's volleyball tournament as a number of entertaining matches played host to electric performances.
The top five might not be enough to honor all them here so expect some surprise entrants and a few snubs.
1. Isabel Molde, UP Lady Maroons (unranked in week 2)
Now this was a hard choice considering the Lady Maroons went 1-1 this week but here us out first.
In a victory against the Adamson Lady Falcons, Molde was absolutely spectacular, finishing with 23 points, 18 on attacks, three blocks, two aces and 11 excellent digs. In short, the rookie was all over the place.
Against FEU, although UP ended up losing in five sets, Molde was once again her all-around brilliant self, scoring 17 points and adding another 11 excellent digs. If the Lady Maroons wound up winning both games, Molde would have been a runaway top pick, but the rookie has done enough to earn the nod anyway.
2. Alyssa Valdez, Ateneo Lady Eagles (no. 1 in week 2)
23 was the number of the day for Alyssa Valdez in Ateneo's lone game this week.
The Queen Eagle and two-time MVP dominated for 23 points (four aces) against Adamson, tying her season high, and led Ateneo to its 23rd straight victory.
At times, Valdez made it look so easy you tend to forget the Lady Falcons are known for their stingy floor defense. None of all that mattered as Valdez continues to show why all of us will miss her when she leaves the UAAP after this season.
3. EJ Laure, UST Golden Tigresses (unranked in week 2)
Now this is where it gets tricky in our rankings but we went ahead with the team that went 2-0 this week.
And the undisputed star of the UST Golden Tigresses in their twin victories has been team captain EJ Laure.
Against the UE Lady Warriors, Laure went for a steady 16 points with three aces but the real gem of a performance came when UST went the distance vs. National University.
Laure tied a team-high 21 points on 18 attacks but her two blocks on Myla Pablo to end the fifth set showed why she is a star and captain for such a proud team.
4. Toni Rose Basas, FEU Lady Tamaraws (no. 3 in week 2)
Toni Rose Basas continues to shine for the FEU Lady Tamaraws as they continue to work their way up the standings.
In FEU's five-set win over UP, Basas tied for a game-high 21 points and finished with two blocks. Her down-the-line hit prevented any comeback attempt by the Lady Maroons as the Lady Tamaraws got their first winning streak of the season.
With Bernadeth Pons still below 100 percent, Basas is turning into a star for Morayta.
T-5. Cherry Rondina, UST Golden Tigresses, and Bernadeth Pons, FEU Lady Tamaraws (both unranked in week 2)
Rondina and Pons both finished with 21 points in UST and FEU's respective five-set wins this week.
Pons made her presence felt in Season 78 with a strong performance as she unloaded 20 attacks on the Lady Maroons, she also had eight excellent digs, second only to their libero Ria Duremdes.
Rondina meanwhile was back to being a sparkplug for the Tigresses, taking over to start the match against NU to help UST build a commanding 2-0 lead.
She was also effective against UE, scoring 12 points for UST as the Tigresses get on the board in emphatic fashion.
Jaja Santiago, NU Lady Bulldogs
Myla Pablo, NU Lady Bulldogs
Kathy Bersola, UP Lady Maroons
Kim Fajardo, DLSU Lady Spikers
Jessica Galanza, Adamson Lady Falcons
Mika Reyes, DLSU Lady Spikers
Mylene Paat, Adamson Lady Falcons
Diana Mae Carlos, UP Lady Maroons
Remy Palma, FEU Lady Tamaraws
Carmela Tunay, UST Golden Tigresses
Shaya Adorador, UE Lady Warriors
Maddie Madayag, Ateneo Lady Eagles