UAAP Power Rankings: The other green team
ABS-CBN Sports on Apr 05, 2016 02:07 PM
The other green team in the UAAP is peaking right now.
And then there were three.
The UAAP Season 78 women's volleyball tournament came back with a bang after the Holy Week and there is officially one casualty in the Fatal 4-way that would decide which two teams join Ateneo and La Salle in the playoffs.
Espana is not happy right now.
Nevertheless, three teams are still in the hunt as FEU, UP and NU all have one game left to decide who's in and who's out in what has been an eventful season so far.
But before we proceed to a crazy race that will most definitely decided on the final day of eliminations, let's honor the best performers from last week.
Spoiler alert, most of the top five wear green.
1. Bernadeth Pons, FEU Lady Tamaraws (number 1 in week 7)
Bernadeth Pons retains her number one spot in our Power Rankings after leading the FEU Lady Tamaraws to the brink of the third spot with a pair of big performances coming out of the Holy Week.
After scoring a career-high 30 against NU before the break, Pons looked 100 percent over UST and UP as the Lady Tamaraws are peaking at the right time and their Final Four destiny is totally in their hands.
Pons followed her 30-point outing with a 20-point performance as FEU put the UST Golden Tigresses on the brink of elimination last Wednesday.
The pride of Negros Occidental then dropped 19 over the UP Lady Maroons just last Sunday to give the Morayta-based squad a one game advantage over State U and National University in the Final Four race.
2. Myla Pablo, NU Lady Bulldogs (unranked in week 7)
Despite all the drama National University has gone through this season, the Lady Bulldogs still have a fighting chance to make the Final Four albeit their destiny is not entirely in their hands.
The NU captain dropped 14 points in what was basically a do-or-die game against the University of the Philippines.
In another crucial tiff against the desperate Golden Tigresses, Pablo was sensational in the fifth set, scoring most of her 18 points to lead the Lady Bulldogs to a marathon win.
3. Jaja Santiago, NU Lady Bulldogs (honorable mention in week 7)
Speaking of the Lady Bulldogs, Jaja Santiago is also a big part of NU still having an outside shot of making the big dance.
Santiago backed up Pablo in NU's sweep of UP and the towering spiker was a dominant presence for the Lady Bulldogs in the five-set classic against UST.
After a disappointing first set, Santiago was the star of the show for NU starting in the second set that paved the way for Pablo to land the finishing blows.
Santiago ended up scoring a game-high 22 points for NU in the win.
4. Toni Rose Basas, FEU Lady Tamaraws (number 3 in week 7)
Bernadeth Pons is not the only one making things work for FEU.
The other half of the Lady Tamaraws' 1-2 punch is equally instrumental in making sure Morayta gets at least a playoff for a last Final Four slot.
Basas averaged 13.5 points in two games this week including a 15-point performance in the win over UP. Basas and Pons took turns punishing the Lady Maroons with a barrage of combinations to push their record to 8-5 for the season.
5. Gyzelle Sy, FEU Lady Tamaraws (unranked in week 7)
So who is behind the success of the FEU offense?
The answer is Gyzelle Sy.
The Season 74 best setter is nothing but perfect for FEU in the past two games as the Lady Tamaraws are a win away from another playoff berth.
Sy recorded 49 excellent sets in a four-set win over UST right after the Holy Week and the returning offensive genius was even better in the crucial match against UP where she had 55 excellent sets.
The missing piece to FEU's championship puzzle? She might be.
Alyssa Valdez, Ateneo Lady Eagles
Kim Dy, DLSU Lady Spikers
Amy Ahomiro, Ateneo Lady Eagles
Jho Maraguinot, Ateneo Lady Eagles
Jorelle Singh, NU Lady Bulldogs
EJ Laure, UST Golden Tigresses
Remy Palma, FEU Lady Tamaraws