UAAP Season 81: Kat Tolentino earns Player of the Week plum
ABS-CBN Sports on Feb 25, 2019 02:49 PM
Kat Tolentino of Ateneo De Manila University bags the UAAP Press Corps Player of the Week honors.
Kat Tolentino’s firepower could not be quenched as it proved crucial in the Ateneo de Manila University Lady Eagles’ back-to-back wins in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament this week.
The tournament’s leading scorer averaged 20.5 points from Ateneo’s games against University of Santo Tomas (UST) and Far Eastern University (FEU) that merited her the Chooks-to-Go UAAP Press Corps Player of the Week honors.
Tolentino fired 22 points over UST to lead the Lady Eagles in bouncing back from their opening game loss to La Salle.
From tallying just three points in the first two sets against FEU, the opposite spiker erupted for 19 points as the Ateneo offense opened up to down the Lady Tamaraws.
As Ateneo admits its struggles on defense, it’s not going to stop Tolentino from doing her best to make up for it with her lethal attacks.
"For me I realized that I can't just stand there and tip the ball or hit it light. I have to go all out. I have to spike with power and how I normally do it,” said the Fil-Canadian spiker.
Tolentino and rest of the Lady Eagles will be greatly tested against the University of the East’s floor defense led by Season 80 best digger and best receiver Kath Arado on Sunday at the Big Dome.
Tolentino edged out nominees Michelle Cobb of three-time defending champion De La Salle University, Milena Alessandrini of UST, and National University rookie Ivy Lacsina for the weekly plum handed out by print and online scribes covering the beat.