UAAP Power Rankings: The one in 24 and 1
ABS-CBN Sports on Feb 29, 2016 01:10 PM
Kim Fajardo for MVP?
Go ahead, make the case for La Salle's Kim Fajardo as the UAAP Season 78 Most Valuable Player.
In a titanic showdown that feautred stars on and off the court, the former UAAP Best Setter stood tall as the brightest of them all.
Fajardo was simply sensational in leading the De La Salle Lady Spikers in a surprisingly easy three-set conquest of the previously undefeated and two-time defending champions Ateneo Lady Eagles last Saturday.
In a game that had Alyssa Valdez and Ara Galang, Fajardo finished as the best scorer. She's a setter.
That alone is impressive and she's number one this week.
1. Kim Fajardo, DLSU Lady Spikers (honorable mention in week 3)
If you look at Kim Fajardo's numbers in the first Ateneo-La Salle match for Season 78, you might wonder why she's number one here.
A career-high 13 points may not seem much, but when you consider that she's a setter whose primary job is to create scoring opportunities for others, her 13 points might be the biggest 13 points this season.
She also had seven aces, three of them coming in the 8-0 haymaker landed by La Salle in the second set that sent the Lady Eagles down for the count.
Fajardo did not forget to create plays for her teammates as well as her 16 excellent sets led to a balanced attack by the Lady Spikers.
Go ahead, make the MVP case already.
2. Jessica Galanza, Adamson Lady Falcons (honorable mention in week 3)
Lost in all the La Salle news this past week was the fact that the Adamson Lady Falcons registered their first winning streak this season and are starting to make their move up the standings.
Jessica Galanza is on top of Adamson's recent rise after a four-game losing skid.
Galanza scored 16 points in the Lady Falcons' five-set comeback over the FEU Tamaraws last Wednesday and she dropped another 15 to lead Adamson past winless UE over the weekend.
She has been consistenly one of the league's best scorers (tied for first in fact) and those points mean a little extra if they come with wins.
3. May Roque, Adamson Lady Falcons (unranked in week 3)
Also a huge part of Adamson's strong play to end round one is sophomore May Roque.
Roque came out of nowhere to lead the Lady Falcons against the Lady Tamaraws, scoring a career-best 23 points to help Adamson snap a four-game skid. She followed it up with 10 points in their sweep of the Lady Warriors.
Roque's emergence might just be the missing piece for Adamson this season as the Lady Falcons get back on track in their Final Four campaign.
4. Bernadeth Pons, FEU Lady Tamaraws (tied for 5th in week 3)
Bernadeth Pons is still not 100 percent but she's starting to make her presence felt for the FEU Lady Tamaraws.
And while her team dropped a heartbreaking five-set thriller to Adamson, she scored 25 points to lead all scorers in that game.
Pons then made sure the Lady Tamaraws would bounce back as she hammered 18 points, all on attacks, on a shocked NU Lady Bulldogs in just three sets.
Despite talks of inconsistency, the Lady Tamaraws were only one set away from being 5-2 for the season and with Pons working her way to full strenght, FEU might just be getting better with her.
5. Diana Mae Carlos, UP Lady Maroons (watchlist in week 3)
The rookie surprise continues for the UP Lady Maroons.
A week after Isabel Molde made her mark, it was Diana Carlos' turn to star for UP as the Lady Maroons beat the UST Golden Tigresses in four extended sets last Sunday.
Carlos was particularly impressive for UP, scoring 15 points with five blocks as the Lady Maroons eye a share of third place just before round 1 concludes this week.
Mika Reyes, DLSU Lady Spikers
Mary Joy Baron, DLSU Lady Spikers
Ara Galang, DLSU Lady Spikers
Mylene Paat, Adamson Lady Falcons
Nicole Tiamzon, UP Lady Maroons
Alyssa Valdez, Ateneo Lady Eagles
Cherry Rondina, UST Golden Tigresses
Toni Rose Basas, FEU Lady Tamaraws
EJ Laure, UST Golden Tigresses