UAAP Season 81 Women's Volleyball: Rookie Tracker (end of 1st round)
Mark Escarlote on Mar 18, 2019 02:31 PM
Here's a look at the top performers among this season's batch of rookies.
Seven grueling games in the first round of the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament gave us a glimpse of what is to come for this batch of rookies.
Highly-touted fresh faces did not disappoint with their performances in the first wave of action and their numbers said it all.
Here’s a look at how these rookies fared:
EYA LAURE (UST)
No surprise here.
Considered as this year’s strongest Rookie of the Year contender, Laure delivered the numbers expected from the former UAAP high school Most Valuable Player.
The 19-year-old hitter finished second behind veteran teammate Sisi Rondina in scoring with 117 points coming off 100 spikes, 11 kill blocks and six aces. Laure topped the chart in attacking efficiency with a 37.88% success rate.
Her leadership and clutch plays also helped the Tigresses close the round in a tie for second place with three-time defending champion De La Salle University with identical 5-2 win-loss records.
PRINCESS ROBLES (NU)
Her rivalry with Eya Laure continues.
Princess Robles is not far behind in the race for the RoY honors as the National University spiker came just 16 points short of Laure’s scoring total.
Robles, the UAAP Season 79 High School Finals MVP, tallied 79 kills, 18 aces and four kill blocks to land fifth in scoring.
The pride of Iloilo City is also dead shot at the service line, punishing opponents with a league-leading average of 0.67 ace per frame. Robles has an unquestionable floor defense with 40.28% reception efficiency rate.
IVY LACSINA (NU)
Six-foot-two Ivy Lacsina is slowly proving her worth as heir apparent to NU’s former tower of power Jaja Santiago.
Lacsina ranked at eight spot in scoring with 96 points off 78 attacks, 14 kill blocks and four aces with an attacking success rate of 28.36%
The lanky rookie played an efficient role at the net with 0.52 kill blocks per set.
LYCHA EBON (FEU)
Her collegiate career immediately took flight with the trust given to her by head coach George Pascua.
A constant starter, Lycha Ebon repaid Pascua’s faith by taking the role as Far Eastern University’s top offensive option.
Ebon scored a total of 96 points off 77 spikes, 12 aces and seven kill blocks. The Lady Tamaraw posted a 30.56% attack efficiency and landed an average of 0.40 ace per set.
JOLINA DELA CRUZ (DLSU)
Playing for a rebuilding team that lost the core of its veterans, Jolina Dela Cruz stepped up to become DLSU’s future star in her first seven games with the 11-time champion Lady Spikers.
Dela Cruz registered 83 points anchored on 65 kills, 10 kill blocks and eight aces.
The Bulakena listed a 29.95% efficiency rate in attacks and showed great floor defense with 3.48 digs per set, the best non-libero rookie in that skill department.
JENNIFER NIERVA (NU)
NU boasts of rookie gems and Jennifer Nierva is one of them.
The Lady Bulldogs’ only libero after converting veteran Joni Chavez to a setter after rookie playmaker Joyme Cagande sustained a knee injury in their debut, Nierva gave accomplished defense specialists Kath Arado of University of the East, FEU’s Buding Duremdes and Adamson University’s Thang Ponce a run for their money.
Nierva landed a fourth spot in digs with an average of 5.15 digs per frame and second to Arado in reception with a 51.38% efficiency rate.
MAFE GALANZA (UST)
MaFe Galanza is slowly stepping out of the shadows of her celebrated older sister Jema Galanza.
Galanza’s heady plays and connection with UST hitters made her a vital cog in head coach Kungfu Reyes’ rotation.
The rookie held her own against seasoned setters to sit at seventh spot in playmaking with 3.48 excellent sets per frame.
Galanza’s superb ball distribution eased the scoring burden from Sisi Rondina and Eya Laure as she utilized the Tigresses’ other weapons in UST’s three-game winning streak to end the first round.
No wonder Reyes called Galanza ‘a blessing’ to UST.
KECELYN GALDONES (UST)
A silent operator.
Kecelyn Galdones may not have the flair and fanfare attached to her more popular teammate Eya Laure but her consistent contribution in points and the intangibles made her one of UST’s key pieces.
The middle blocker tallied 41 points off 19 spikes, 12 kill blocks and 10 aces. She averaged 0.37 ace per set.
Nikka Yandoc (Adamson) -- Averaged 3.14 excellent sets per frame.
MJ Igao (Adamson) -- Averaged 2.79 excellent sets per frame.
Gelina Luceno (NU) -- Scored 33 points off 22 kills, 10 kill blocks and an ace.
Rem Altomea (UP) -- Tallied 33.313% reception efficiency.
*List based on statistics provided by VIS
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