UAAP Volleyball Player of the Week: Jhoana Maraguinot

ABS-CBN Sports on Mar 21, 2016 03:33 PM
UAAP Volleyball Player of the Week: Jhoana Maraguinot
Jhoana Maraguinot of Ateneo de Manila gets her first ABS-CBN Sports' UAAP volleyball Player of the Week citation.

A lot of questions have been raised about what lies ahead for the two-time defending champion Ateneo de Manila post-Alyssa Valdez era.

Jhoana Maraguinot has the answer.

The sophomore hitter could be the one receiving the baton from the outgoing Queen Eagle Valdez as the new face of Ateneo women's volleyball team when the two-time back-to-back Most Valuable Player officially hangs her No. 2 blue and white jersey at the end of the season.  

Maraguinot has been playing consistently in the 78th UAAP volleyball tournament and her performance in the week that was, showed that the Katipunan-based squad has a great future ahead.

The heir apparent to Valdez’s position delivered the numbers needed by Ateneo to advance in its seventh straight Final Four appearance and her performance gave her the distinction as ABS-CBN Sports’ UAAP volleyball Player of the Week.

Maraguinot scored 14 points in Ateneo’s domination of University of Sto. Tomas, 25-20, 25-18, 25-18, last Saturday as the Lady Eagles improved to 9-2 win-loss record for their third straight win. The Lady Eagles are tied with bitter rival De La Salle on top of the standings. 

“Si Jho naman super magde-deliver at magde-deliver ‘yan. Sa offense or defense si Jho talaga (maaasahan ng team),” said Valdez of the hitter.

Maraguinot collected her points from 11 kills, a pair of service aces and a kill block for Ateneo. The 20-year-old Lady Eagle also lent a hand on defense with seven perfect receptions.

The Lady Eagles may have lost one scorer in the Maddie Madayag (ACL injury) in their push for a Final Four twice-to-beat advantage, but with Maraguinot’s steady play, Ateneo’s bid for a three-peat and a wonderful parting gift for Valdez remain on the right track.

Maraguinot edged DLSU’s Kim Dy for the weekly recognition by a hairline.

Dy averaged 12.5 points in the Lady Spikers’ victories over University of the Philippines and Adamson University.       

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