By the Numbers: Best no-bearing game ever
ABS-CBN Sports on Apr 12, 2016 02:55 PM
Almost 20,000 screaming fans packed the MOA Arena last Sunday to witness the best no-bearing game ever between heated rivals Ateneo and La Salle.
The Final Four for Season 78 is almost complete as the UP Lady Maroons and the NU Bulldogs are the only ones left in the running for the last no. 4 spot.
After Sunday's dramatic five-set rematch between rivals Ateneo and La Salle, the two-time Lady Eagles emerged as the top seed, the Lady Spikers settled for second and the red-hot FEU Lady Tamaraws took third.
But before we get to the playoffs, let's first take a look at some of the numbers from the final week of UAAP Season 78 that will only feature regular season games.
Number of fans that packed the MOA Arena last Sunday to witness the best no-bearing game ever between heated rivals Ateneo and La Salle.
The rivalry drew 16,536 fans at the Big Dome back in round 1.
Number of slots already filled in the UAAP Season 78 Final Four.
Only UP and NU are in the running for the no. 4 seed but if the Lady Bulldogs lose to La Salle on April 13, the Lady Maroons advance outright.
If NU wins, we get a playoff. Yay for free volleyball.
Number of 20-point games from a La Salle player this season.
Ara Galang's 20 points against Ateneo Sunday was the first time a Lady Spiker broke the 20-point barrier this season, further proving the offensive superiority of the girls from Taft.
The previous high for a La Salle player was Majoy Baron's 19 against NU in round 1.
Number of excellent sets recorded by both Jia Morado (62) and Kim Fajardo (61) last Sunday.
The UAAP's two best setters went at it in the Ateneo-La Salle rematch, engaging in a fierce battle that probably only the volleyball purists saw.
In a game that featured Bea De Leon taking on the Taft Twin Towers and an MVP showdown between Alyssa Valdez and Ara Galang, Morado vs. Fajardo was also a worthy matchup to watch.
Current winning streak for the FEU Lady Tamaraws.
Consistency problems look like a thing of the past for Morayta as the Lady Tamaraws are rolling to the Final Four.
Even faced with a twice-to-beat disadvantage against the mighty Lady Spikers, Bernadeth Pons and company have the tools and confidence to steal a game, maybe even two, over La Salle.