UAAP Volleyball PoW: UP's Nicole Tiamzon
ABS-CBN Sports on Feb 21, 2017 01:10 PM
Graduating University of the Philippines hitter Nicole Tiamzon is the hands down choice as ABS-CBN Sports’ first 79th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament Player of the Week.
Composure, confidence and strength are the traits of a great leader.
Graduating player Nicole Tiamzon showed all of it as she spearheaded University of the Philippines to its best start in recent memory.
Embracing her role for the Lady Maroons as a senior, the fifth year wing spiker not only provided the much-needed firepower and defensive productions but her leadership inside the court, above all, made her the hands down choice as ABS-CBN Sports’ first 79th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament Player of the Week.
The 21-year-old Tiamzon averaged 12 points per game in the Diliman-based squad’s impressive 4-0 start of the season.
UP swept its first three assignments before dropping a frame in a four-set victory against University of Sto. Tomas. The Lady Maroons dominated cellar dwellers Adamson and University of the East before proving that their good start was no fluke with a shocking win over the defending champion De La Salle University last Wednesday.
Tiamzon led the Lady Maroons’ assault against the stunned Lady Spikers scoring all of her 16 points off attacks in their 25-22, 25-21, 25-19, win that ended UP’s 16-game head-to-head losing slump to the Taft-based volleybelles.
She followed it up with an all-around performance in the Lady Maroons’ 25-22, 25-2229-31, 25-19, crushing of the Tigresses last Sunday.
Tiamzon had 13 points with 11 coming off spikes while chipping in 13 excellent digs for the State University’s fifth straight head-to-head domination of the Espana-based squad.
The Lady Maroons are the only undefeated team this season but Tiamzon is quick to remind her teammates not to rest on their laurels, as there are still a lot of work to be done.
“(I tell my teammates) ‘wag magpapadala sa nangyayari, meaning mag-focus kami sa team namin mismo. Ituluy-tuloy lang kung ano ang ginagawa namin,” said Tiamzon.
Tiamzon bested for the recognition her sophomore teammates Diana Carlos and Isa Molde, Jaja Santiago of National University, Far Eastern University’s Bernadeth Pons, Kim Dy of DLSU and Jho Maraguinot of Ateneo de Manila.