Santiago leads MVP race after the first round
Mark Escarlote on Mar 05, 2017 09:17 PM
Jaja Santiago of National University landed in top five of four skills categories in the statistics race after the first round of eliminations in the 79th UAAP women's volleyball tournament.
After the smoke of battle in the 79th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament first round cleared, National University’s tower Jaja Santiago stood out.
The fourth year middle topped two skills categories while landing in the top five of two more to boost her bid for the Most Valuable Player award.
Santiago after seven games averaged 18.28 point per game amassing 128 points overall coming from 87 spikes, 25 kill blocks and 16 service aces while leading the Lady Bulldogs to a 4-3 win-loss record.
The 6-foot-5 player had 10 more points in front of second running Bernadeth Pons of Far Eastern University followed by Diana Carlos of University of the Philippines (105), league-leading Ateneo de Manila’s Michelle Morente (97) and University of Sto. Tomas’ EJ Laure (94).
Santiago also dominated the blocking department with an average of 0.93 kill blocks per set, besting Aduke Ogunsanya (0.74) reigning champion De La Salle University, Jasmine Alcayde of University of the East (0.63), last year’s Best Blocker winner Majoy Baron (0.57) and Kim Dy (0.52) of DLSU.
The Queen Bulldog, who in the offseason saw action in the AVC Asian Women’s Club Championship and FIVB Women’s Club World Championship, trailed Morente by a hairline on attack efficiency with 40.09% compared to the Lady Eagle’s 41.34%.
Baron’s at third with 38.33% followed by Ateneo’s Kat Tolentino (37.09%) and Dy (35.26%).
Lady Eagles setter Jia Morado topped the service aces department with an average of 0.76 per frame. Season 78 Best Setter Kim Fajardo is seated at second (0.61), followed by Morente (0.60), Santiago (0.59) and UP’s Arielle Estranero (0.56).
Morado bested Fajardo in the excellent sets department with 13.32 sets per frame to the DLSU player’s 13.13. At third was Estranero (11.52) followed by NU’s Jasmine Nabor (11.15) and Angelica Cayuna of FEU (7.74).
Top liberos Kath Arado of UE and DLSU’s Dawn Macandili dominated the floor defense splitting the top spots in digs and receptions.
Arado normed with 6.63 digs per set to overshadow Macandili (5.48), Ria Duremdes of FEU (4.37), Gizelle Tan of Ateneo (4.04) and Bernadeth Pons of FEU (3.89).
Macandili, last year’s Best Digger and Receiver winner, was the most efficient on reception with 49.15% ahead of Arado (45.45%), Pons (43.71%), Molde (36.17%) and UP teammate Justine Dorog (33.33%).
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