Isa Molde gets nod as UAAP Season 81 Player of the Week
Mark Escarlote on Feb 18, 2019 02:51 PM
Isa Molde is the first UAAP Season 81 women's volleyball tournament Player of the Week.
University of the Philippines power-hitter Isa Molde outshone the rest of the field in the opening weekend of the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament.
The fourth year wing spiker displayed superb all-around performance and unquestionable leadership in towing the Lady Maroons to a thrilling, 25-12, 22-25, 23-25, 25-19, 15-12, victory over feisty University of the East on Saturday.
Molde’s performance that helped UP dodge an upset axe earned her the recognition as this season’s first Chooks-to-Go UAAP Press Corps Player of the Week.
Molde poured in 23 points to pace the Lady Maroons, who outlasted one of the league’s best defensive teams to join other opening day winners three-time defending champion De La Salle University, Far Eastern University and University of Sto. Tomas.
The Season 78 Rookie of the Year pounded 19 attacks with two aces and two kill blocks while providing 10 excellent receptions off 22 attempts for an all-around game.
UP head coach Godfrey Okumu expressed the need for a balanced performance from his roster to succeed in the UAAP. But, having players like Molde to rely on in clutch situations is a luxury he enjoys.
"We have a lot of great players, but someone like Isa helps us get out of tough spots," said the Kenyan mentor.
"When we have to go out-of-system, Isa can be relied on to get us points. We'll definitely need more of that type of play to get good results moving forward."
The Lady Maroons will face Far Eastern University on Wednesday in a rematch of the PVL Collegiate Conference Finals.
Molde knows that every will be a challenge and earning a win over FEU will be a tall task, given their past meetings.
"Mahirap talaga kalaban 'yung FEU kasi marami din sa kanilang veterans and ready mag-contribute sa team,” she said. “Kailangan namin talaga maging composed against them and bawasan 'yung mga errors namin.”
Molde beat for the recognition given by sportswriters from broadsheet, tabloid and online publications covering the beat DLSU veteran Des Cheng and rookies Eya Laure of UST and FEU’s Lycha Ebon.