Maraguinot earns Player of the Week nod
Mark Escarlote on Feb 27, 2017 06:04 PM
Jho Maraguinot clearly stood out among all the players in the week that was in the 79th UAAP women's volleyball.
Ateneo de Manila’s Jho Maraguinot easily erased the memory of a bad game with an explosive bounce back performance that towed the Lady Eagles on top of the heap.
Coming off a three-point outing against the listless University of the East, the third year power-hitter powered Ateneo to a convincing victory over the erstwhile unbeaten University of the Philippines in the featured ‘Battle of Katipunan’ in the 79th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament.
The heir apparent of Alyssa Valdez did the smashing feat with the former Queen Eagle watching at the sideline.
For being a living proof of Ateneo’s heartstrong mantra, Maraguinot earned the nod as ABS-CBN Sports’ Player of the Week.
The 21-year-old Alitagtag, Batangas native came out firing on all cylinders Sunday with all her 11 points coming off attacks that stopped the ‘UP Ikot’ dead in its tracks in a shocking 25-14, 25-19, 25-21, rout witnessed by a packed crowd inside The Arena in San Juan.
Maraguinot’s production and impact for the Lady Eagles helped Ateneo win its fifth straight victory and climb on top of the standings tied with archrival defending champions De La Salle University Lady Spikers with identical 5-1 win-loss record.
Maraguinot last Wednesday had a silent outing with only three points in the Lady Eagles’ 25-14, 25-21, 25-21 win. She was out of her usual game and even came off the bench in the second set.
“’Yun nga, talagang alam ko at namin na after noong game against UE, may kulang pa,” she said. “Kaya we worked hard talaga to improve kasi we knew na we needed to be better for UP.”
“I'm glad na I played well and very thankful ako sa teammates and coaches for their support,” Maraguinot added.
The huge win over UP, according to Maraguinot gave Ateneo the much-needed momentum heading into the marquee match on Saturday against the Lady Spikers in a rematch of last year’s finals.
“Sobrang laking tulong nito for sure kasi parang ngayon na-regain namin 'yung confidence namin as a team,’ she said. “Siguro we need to be more aggressive and composed against La Salle.”
Maraguinot eclipsed teammates Bea De Leon and Michelle Morente, DLSU’s Kim Dy and Far Eastern University’s Bernadeth Pons and Toni Basas.