By the Numbers: UPfront and center
ABS-CBN Sports on Mar 08, 2016 11:29 AM
The UP Lady Maroons have the chance to take pole position in the UAAP Season 78 women's volleyball tournament thanks to their recent surge.
Don't look now but we have a legitimate race for the UAAP Season 78 women's volleyball championship.
After the first couple of weeks that looked liked only Ateneo and La Salle were battling for the top two spots with everybody else playing for third, a new contender has emerged in the young and talented UP Lady Maroons.
UP has now won three straight games, including a four-set beatdown of the Lady Eagles, to occupy solo third place. The Lady Maroons are only one game behind Ateneo and the DLSU Lady Spikers for first.
Sitting just below the leaders, UST appears to be gaining some momentum towards a return to the playoffs as the Golden Tigresses have won four of their last five games and a sweep of La Salle is their biggest victory so far.
Continue reading below for the numbers that mattered in the past week of UAAP volleyball action.
Number of failed attempts by UP to beat Ateneo in women's volleyball before the Lady Maroons finally took one home to Diliman last Saturday.
The last time the Lady Maroons beat the Lady Eagles prior to their four-set win last week? It happened all the way back last January 17, 2007 during Season 69, as UP got the marathon win, 37-35, 22-25, 20-25, 25-17, 15-12.
Number of times UST has been swept this season.
Despite a 4-4 record, the Golden Tigresses remain the only team in the UAAP not to suffer a loss via sweep. Ateneo has been swept by La Salle and the Lady Spikers have been swept by the girls in black-and-gold. If the Tigresses go down, they go down fighting.
Consecutive defeats suffered now by the two-time defending champion Lady Eagles.
The cloak of invincibility brought about by their impressive 24-game winning streak is all gone, and now teams have the template to beat Ateneo it seems. In their latest loss at the hands of UP, MVP Alyssa Valdez was escorted out of the arena without having the chance to talk the media.
Is is time to press the panic button in Katipunan?
Number of team categories where the DLSU Lady Spikers are number one.
Their shock loss to UST and near-collapse against FEU notwithstanding, La Salle remains as the most complete team in the UAAP with a wide array of two-way weapons at its disposal.
Seriously, when was the last time a Lady Spiker scored 20 points in a game?
Number of games back UP is from first place.
Thanks to their current three-game winning steak, the Lady Maroons now have the chance not only to qualify for the Final Four but to go for the twice-to-beat advantage in the playoffs.
At 5-3, UP is only a game behind both Ateneo and La Salle at 6-2 with the Lady Spikers still on schedule.