UAAP Power Rankings: The best of Season 78

ABS-CBN Sports on Apr 12, 2016 12:45 PM
UAAP Power Rankings: The best of Season 78
In the final week of purely regular season action in the UAAP women's volleyball tournament, a sensational showing in the Ateneo-La Salle rematch catapulted a familiar face on top of our Power Rankings.

Ateneo and La Salle each having the twice-to-beat advantage in the playoffs was the only sure thing in the Final Four last week.

And after four games, the postseason picture is a little more clear with the Lady Eagles getting no.1, the Lady Spikers settling for no. 2 and the FEU Lady Tamaraws clinching the no. 3 spot.

All that is left is the number 4 spot that will be won by either the UP Lady Maroons or the NU Lady Bulldogs.

In the final week of purely regular season action in the UAAP women's volleyball tournament, a sensational showing in the Ateneo-La Salle rematch catapulted a familiar face on top of our Power Rankings.

Check it out below.


1. Alyssa Valdez, Ateneo Lady Eagles (honorable mention in week 8, no. 1 in weeks 1, 2 and 6)

Alyssa Valdez is once again on top of our Power Rankings (her fourth this season) after back-to-back impressive showings this week.

Valdez scored an efficient 17 points against UE as a warmup last Wednesday and then the Queen Eagle saved her best for last, dropping 24 points against rival La Salle in five sets Sunday.

The reigning two-time MVP has now led Ateneo to consecutive appearances in the Final Four as the top seed and at the same time, getting revenge on the Lady Spikers back in round 1.

Not bad.


2. Isa Molde, UP Lady Maroons (unranked in week 8, no. 1 in weeks 3 and 5)

The UP Lady Maroons only had one game last week, and it was a crucial contest.

Had they lost to the Tigresses, the Lady Maroons would have probably missed the Final Four outright. But since State U picked up an important four-set victory, Diliman now controls its playoff destiny.

All thanks to super rookie "Isa-Mazing" Molde.

Molde added to her worthy Rookie of the Year campaign after leading UP over UST with 23 points, including the game winner.

Now the Lady Maroons will need the help of La Salle as a Lady Spikers win over NU means UP gets to the Final Four outright as the no. 4 seed.


3. Bernadeth Pons, FEU Lady Tamaraws (no. 1 in weeks 7 and 8)

The first part of FEU's quest for title no. 30 is complete after the Lady Tamaraws officially clinched in the third seed in the Final Four last Wednesday.

FEU closed the elimination round with a four game winning streak to make back-to-back playoff appearances.

And coinciding with the Lady Tamaraws' hot streak is the incredible play of Bernadeth Pons.

Pons averaged 22 points in the wins against NU, UST, UP and Adamson to finish the regular season. She dropped 19 on the Lady Falcons last Wednesday.


4. Jhoana Maraguinot, Ateneo Lady Eagles (honorable mention in week 8)

While Alyssa Valdez continues to get all the attention for Ateneo, Jhoana Maraguinot is quietly preparing herself for an eventual takeover of the Lady Eagles starting next season.

While Valdez was Batman (Batwoman?) this week, Maraguinot played Robin to perfection, backing up her senior ace with underrated scoring exploits.

Maraguinot was solid against La Salle Sunday, scoring 13 of her 14 points off attacks. Her relentless approach at the net meant that the Lady Spikers also had to keep her in check and not just focus on Valdez.

Against the UE Lady Warriors, Maraguinot dropped 13.


5. Ara Galang, DLSU Lady Spikers (unranked in week 8)

She was frustrated with the result but nonetheless, Ara Galang played her best game for La Salle since tearing her ACL against NU in the Final Four of Season 77.

Galang came out guns ablaze in the opening set, and while she struggled by the time set 5 rolled around, Taft's ace still managed to score 20 points on 17 attacks.

As bad as the loss to Ateneo may look for now, the Lady Spikers should be happy that Galang is back to peak performance.


Honorable Mentions!

Bea De Leon, Ateneo Lady Eagles

Majoy Baron, DLSU Lady Spikers

Jia Morado, Ateneo Lady Eagles

Kim Fajardo, DLSU Lady Spikers

Amy Ahomiro, Ateneo Lady Eagles

Cyd Demecillo, DLSU Lady Spikers

Kim Dy, DLSU Lady Spikers

EJ Laure, UST Golden Tigresses

Kathy Bersola, UP Lady Maroons

Marian Buitre, UP Lady Maroons

Nicole Tiamzon, UP Lady Maroons

Latest News