UAAP Season 81 Player of the Week: Maddie Madayag of Ateneo
ABS-CBN Sports on Mar 25, 2019 12:33 PM
Maddie Madayag of Ateneo de Manila University got the nod as the Chooks to Go-Collegiate Press Corps Player of the Week
Maddie Madayag broke an 11-year-old UAAP record last Wednesday, and in the process, she helped ensure that the Ateneo Lady Eagles' winning streak in Season 81 will continue for a seventh consecutive game.
The veteran middle blocker scored a career-best 23 points -- 11 of which came off kill blocks -- as the Lady Eagles recovered from a two-set deficit to take down University of Sto. Tomas in a five-set thriller, 19-25, 22-25, 27-25, 25-22, 15-11.
Madayag made life difficult for UST's spikers, particularly for Dimdim Pacres. She tallied her record-breaking 11th kill block in the fourth set, by rejecting Sisi Rondina; Madayag then stepped up on offense in the deciding fifth frame as she put the Lady Eagles ahead for good, 11-10, with her trademark running attack.
Her superb performance earned Madayag the Chooks to Go-Collegiate Press Corps Player of the Week, making her the third Lady Eagle to receive the distinction after Kat Tolentino and Bea de Leon.
"I'm speechless, I don't know what to say," Madayag said after being informed that she had broken the record formerly held by De La Salle University's Celine Hernandez, who had nine blocks against Adamson University in Season 70.
"I just played my game, and contributed whatever I can for the team, and I just gave it my all," added the middle blocker.
Thanks in part to Madayag's efforts, the Lady Eagles are now at 7-1 in the women's volleyball tournament, putting them at the top of the league standings.
Madayag beat UST's Sisi Rondina -- who tied Alyssa Valdez's scoring mark with 35 points in a losing effort -- as well as Tots Carlos of the University of the Philippines, Far Eastern University rookie Lycha Ebon, and University of the East playmaker Lai Bendong for the weekly honor given by sportswriters from broadsheets, tabloids, and online publications covering the collegiate beat.