Espejo snatches fourth straight MVP plum
Mark Escarlote on May 03, 2017 10:06 AM
Marck Espejo of Ateneo de Manila soared high in the statistical race to claim his fourth Most Valuable Player recognition.
Ateneo de Manila’s top hitter Marck Espejo claimed his fourth straight Most Valuable Player award after coming up with impressive numbers in the statistical race in the elimination round of the 79th UAAP men’s volleyball tournament.
Espejo was consistent all throughout the Blue Eagles’ historic sweep of the 14-game elims that propelled the three-peat seeking Ateneo in the best-of-three Finals outright. The Blue Eagles are just a win away from claiming their third straight title after outlasting National University in the Finals opener Tuesday.
The fourth year power-hitter averaged almost 17 points per game as he amassed 235 markers coming off 189 spikes, 29 kill blocks and 17 service aces.
His success rate in attacks was superb, hitting 57.62% out of the 328 missiles he hammered to Ateneo’s unfortunate opponents. Espejo was also in the top 10 in kill blocks, service and service reception proving to be the most versatile player in the league.
Behind Espejo in scoring were National University’s Bryan Bagunas (231), John Millete of University of the Philippines (215), NU’s Fauzi Ismail (214) and De La Salle’s Arjay Onia (194).
Trailing the King Eagle in attack efficiency were Far Eastern University’s Greg Dolor (48.17%), Bagunas (47.28%), Ismail (43.18%) and University of the East’s Edward Camposano (43.10%).
John Paul Bugaoan of FEU topped the blocking department to win Best Blocker with an average of 0.78 kill blocks per set ahead of NU’s Kim Malabunga (0.65), Espejo (0.64), Jayvee Sumagaysay of University of Sto. Tomas (0.63) and Ateneo’s Rex Intal (0.60).
Bagunas is the Best Server after averaging 0.45 service aces per set to take the no. 1 spot in scoring from the service line. He bested Espejo (0.38), Ismail (0.33), Jude Garcia of FEU (0.30) and Ateneo’s Joshua Villanueva (0.24).
Another Atenean got a fourth straight award after playmaker Ish Polvorosa won Best Setter, averaging 11.93 excellent sets per frame.
Behind him were Karlle Ramirez of Adamson (10.55), Geuel Asia of DLSU (10.30), UP’s Jerahmeel Baldelovar (9.72) and Timothy Tajanlangit of UST (9.60).
NU libero Ricky Marcos averaged 4.04 digs per set ahead of Ateneo’s Manuel Sumanguid (3.91), FEU’s Rikko Marmeto (3.30), DLSU’s Jopet Movido (3.04) and Danilo Ernacio of UE (2.84) to win Best Digger.
Marmeto topped the reception department with 63.95% efficiency rating followed by Sumanguid (57.02%), Espejo (56.51%), Marcos (55.97%) and DLSU’s Cris Dumago (49.26%).
Blue Eagle Chumason Njigha won Rookie of the Year.
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