UAAP Power Rankings: Final Four Charge
ABS-CBN Sports on Mar 21, 2016 02:17 PM
Bernadeth Pons has the FEU Lady Tamaraws charging towards a Final Four berth as the UAAP Season 78 women's volleyball tournament reaches its explosive climax.
We already knew prior to Season 78 that Ateneo and La Salle would go 1-2 or 2-1, whatever you prefer really, in the elimination round of UAAP women's volleyball.
Now that both the Lady Eagles and the Lady Spikers secured their respective Final Four berths, the attention shifts to the race for the last two spots.
The talented Lady Maroons from the University of the Philippines currently have the inside track to one of the last two remaining playoff seats and another one is charging to take the fourth spot.
And that team is led by the most underrated spiker in the league.
After a slow start to the season due to injuries, Bernadeth Pons has been tearing it up for Far Eastern University as the Lady Tamaraws currently occupy solo fourth place in a crowded race.
Her five-set masterpiece last Saturday means there is a new champion in our weekly Power Rankings. Check it out below.
1. Bernadeth Pons, FEU Lady Tamaraws (Honorable mention in week 6)
After limping out of the gates to start the year, Bernadeth Pons finally assumed her rightful place as the alpha female in Morayta.
And as the Season goes down the wire, she's playing top-level volleyball in hopes of leading the Lady Tamaraws in a return trip to the Final Four.
Against the National University Lady Bulldogs, Pons scored a career-high 30 points as the Lady Tamaraws got their hands on solo fourth and only one game behind the Lady Maroons for number three.
While inconsistency remains as FEU's biggest team weakness, Pons just keeps elevating her game.
2. Kim Fajardo, DLSU Lady Spikers (number 3 in week 6)
Another year, another Final Four berth for the De La Salle Lady Spikers.
Another week, another pair of excellent performances for the best player on the La Salle roster.
Kim Fajardo was her usual self, guiding the Lady Spikers to two impressive wins to keep in step with rival Ateneo for the top spot in the standings.
Fajardo orchestrated the Taft offense to perfection to the tune of 32 excellent sets in La Salle's heavyweight victory over UP to start the week and she followed it up with 33 excellent sets on top of 10 points in a knockout win over Adamson last Sunday.
3. Toni Rose Basas, FEU Lady Tamaraws (unranked in week 6)
Toni Rose Basas carried FEU early on when Bernadeth Pons was recovering from various injuries.
And with Pons back as Morayta's number 1, Basas has turned into a more than capable second option for FEU.
Basas proved it to be true after backing up Pons with 21 points of her own as the Lady Tamaraws beat the Lady Bulldogs in five sets for fourth place last Saturday.
Don't look now, the Lady Tamaraws have their own 1-2 punch that can go toe-to-toe with the best the UAAP has to offer.
T-4. Alyssa Valdez and Jhoana Maraguinot, Ateneo Lady Eagles (Valdez number 1 in week 5, Maraguinot honorable mention in week 5)
It was a slow week for the two-time defending champions as they only had one game and the biggest story surrounding the team was the season-ending ACL injury of Maddie Madayag.
However, the Lady Eagles made good of their only assignment in the past week as they swept the UST Golden Tigresses to secure a seventh straight Final Four appearance.
Valdez and Maraguinot led the attack with 14 points apiece and you can't help but think about how Jhoana naturally takes over Katipunan once Queen Alyssa graduates at the end of this current season.
The workout against UST showed a little preview of that.
5. Kim Dy, DLSU Lady Spikers (number 5 in week 5)
Kim Dy retains her ranking after another two games of leading the UAAP's hottest team in scoring.
As the Lady Spikers ran their winning streak to four games, Dy has been the leading scorer in all four of them.
Dy scored 14 points as La Salle put a stop to the Lady Maroons' winning streak and she added another 11 in an easy victory over the Adamson Lady Falcons to qualify for the playoffs.
Jaja Santiago, NU Lady Bulldogs
Jerrili Malabanan, FEU Lady Tamaraws
Ara Galang, DLSU Lady Spikers
Mika Reyes, DLSU Lady Spikers
Jia Morado, Ateneo Lady Eagles
Isa Molde, UP Lady Maroons,
Cherry Rondina, UST Golden Tigresses
Amy Ahomiro, Ateneo Lady Eagles
Diana Carlos, UP Lady Maroons