Rondina tops Valdez in the scoring department after first round
Mark Escarlote on Mar 02, 2016 09:27 PM
Cherry Rondina is lording it over in the UAAP women's volleyball scoring department.
University of Santo Tomas sophomore Cherry Rondina could give two-time reigning Most Valuable Player Alyssa Valdez of defending champion Ateneo de Manila University a run for her money for the Best Scorer award after the first round of eliminations in the 78th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament.
Rondina topped the scoring category with a total of 129 points coming from 104 spikes, 15 service aces and 10 blocks.
The 5-foot-6 Cebuana bomber is 16 points clear of the reigning three-time Best Scorer winner Valdez, who is currently in fourth spot.
Rondina, who posted a tournament-high 30 markers to start the season in a five-set loss against Adamson, helped the Tigresses finish the first seven games of the contest with a 3-4 record tied with National University and Adamson University in fifth to seventh spot.
Adamson stunner Jessica Galanza came at second with 118 (107 spikes, four blocks, seven aces), followed by second-year Far Eastern University volleybelle Toni Basas with 116 (96-6-14), Valdez (97-3-13) and UST skipper EJ Laure with 106 (94-5-7).
While Valdez is trailing in the Best Scorer race, her teammate Jhoana Maraguinot is lording it over on attacks with a 43.97 percent success rate, ahead of National University middle blocker Jaja Santiago (41.27). Valdez is third in the Best Spiker contest with 40.59 followed by Laure (36.72) and Basas 36.09).
The towering De La Salle middle blocker Mary Joy Baron is currently the most efficient net defender with an average of 1.04 block per set. Trailing her is teammate Mika Reyes (0.70), Ateneo stalwart Bea de Leon (0.55) while FEU’s Mary Palma, Santiago and Adamson’s Mary Joy Dacoron are tied with 0.52 average block per set.
Ateneo sophomore Maddie Madayag leads the Best Server category with 0.73 average ace per set, reclaiming the top spot from La Salle veteran playmaker Kim Fajardo (0.70), who last Saturday zoomed past the Lady Eagles after the Lady Spikers snapped their bitter rival’s 24-game winning run highlighted by the fourth year setter’s seven aces.
In third place is Valdez (0.59), who claimed the award in the last two seasons, followed by Rondina (0.54) and Basas (0.52).
Fajardo is on the right track to extend her reign as Best Setter to three years with an average of 8.17 excellent set per frame ahead of Ateneo Jia Morado (7.18), University of the Philippines’ Jewel Lai (6.27), Adamson’s Fenela Emnas (5.78) and FEU’s returning setter Gyzelle Sy (5.48), the Season 74 winner.
In the defense department, libero Dawn Macandili of DLSU is on top of the Best Digger race with 3.13 average digs per set.
University of the East’s Kathleen Arado, Laure’s co-Rookie of the Year last season, is in second place (2.64) followed by Jellie Tempiatura of Adamson (2.30), NU’s Bia General (2.08) while the lone spiker in the bunch Rondina round up the top five with 2.07.
Macandili trailed Ma. Arielle Estranero in the Best Receiver contest with the Lady Maroon logging in an efficiency rating of 35.17 compared to the Lady Spiker’s 30.72%.
General is third with 26.97% with Ateneo’s Jamie Lavitoria (22.69%) and Arado (19.64) in fourth and fifth spot.
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