UAAP Power Rankings: Feeling Blue
ABS-CBN Sports on Mar 15, 2016 08:58 AM
Guess who's back at number 1.
News of Ateneo's impending demise have been premature and exaggerated.
After suffering back-to-back defeats that raised concerns on their ability to win a three-peat, the Lady Eagles are back to dominating teams in the UAAP Season 78 women's volleyball tournament.
The two-time defending champions swept their way this week and Ateneo's top two weapons are happily performing at peak condition.
Obviously, thanks to a perfect week, the Lady Eagles top this week's power rankings.
1. Alyssa Valdez, Ateneo Lady Eagles (honorable mention in week 5, number 1 in weeks 1 and 2)
The Queen Eagle returns to her throne this week after powering Ateneo to back-to-back wins and first place yet again.
Valdez was back to her usual self against National University, scoring 20 points with five service aces as the Lady Eagles snapped their two-game skid.
The MVP scored 20 points once again against FEU last Sunday, feasting on the Lady Tamaraws' defense with 17 attack points.
2. Julia Morado, Ateneo Lady Eagles (unranked in week 5)
The underrated star of Ateneo, reigning best setter Julia Morado has been quietly tearing it up for the Lady Eagles lately.
Despite the pressure from suffering back-to-back defeats, Morado has been a picture of calmness in Katipunan and it showed in the last two games.
In their bounce back against the National University Lady Bulldogs, Morado was steady with 33 excellent sets.
Last Sunday against Far Eastern University, Morado was even more impressive as she had 37 excellent sets in the blowout that was over in one hour and fourteen minutes.
3. Kim Fajardo, De La Salle Lady Spikers (number 4 in week 5)
Similar to Morado, Kim Fajardo had a workout this week as the Lady Spikers absolutely demolished the UST Golden Tigresses in three quick sets.
La Salle got its revenge from UST and Fajardo was once again running the Lady Spikers' offense to perfection.
Six Lady Spikers scored for La Salle against the Tigresses and five of them recorded at least eight.
Fajardo accounted for the other two points on top of her 27 excellent sets in barely over 60 minutes.
4. Diana Carlos, UP Lady Maroons (number 3 in week 5)
The beauty of UP's brand new 1-2 punch is if one super rookie has a relatively quiet week, the other delivers the goods nonetheless.
That is exactly what happened as the Lady Maroons continue their mid-season burst, this time repeating over the Adamson Lady Falcons to extend their winning run to four games.
Diana Carlos led State U with 13 points, 12 from attacks as she remains a picture of consistency for Diliman in this impressive streak.
5. Kim Dy, De La Salle Lady Spikers (unranked in week 5)
Since getting her chance this season against Ateneo, Kim Dy has been steadily raising her game for La Salle.
And against UST, the middle blocker-turned-utility spiker had her way, becoming the latest Lady Spiker to lead the team in scoring.
Dy finished with 12 points, which may not seem much but 20-point outings have been a rarity for Taft this season considering five to six players usually score close to double digits each game.
With Dy on the rise, La Salle just added another layer to its offense and Kim Fajardo has another target. Good luck to the rest of the UAAP.
Jaja Santiago, NU Lady Bulldogs,
Bernadeth Pons, FEU Lady Tamaraws
Kathy Bersola, UP Lady Maroons
Jhoana Maraguinot, Ateneo Lady Eagles,
Mika Reyes, DLSU Lady Spikers
Ara Galang, DLSU Lady Spikers
Majoy Baron, DLSU Lady Spikers
May Roque, Adamson Lady Falcons
Mylene Paat, Adamson Lady Falcons