UAAP Player of the Week: Kat Tolentino of Ateneo
ABS-CBN Sports on Apr 08, 2019 12:41 PM
Kat Tolentino of Ateneo de Manila University earned her second UAAP Press Corps player of the week honors.
Kat Tolentino’s consistent firepower for the Ateneo de Manila University Lady Eagles catapulted them to their 10th straight Final Four appearance in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament.
Despite Ateneo delivering a balanced scoring effort in its most recent games, the Lady Eagles continued to rely on Tolentino’s offense which merited her second UAAP Player of the Week honors.
The 24-year-old spiker powered the Lady Eagles with 11 points off nine attacks and two kill blocks in a straight-set win over Season 80 runner-up Far Eastern University (FEU).
Last Sunday, Tolentino tallied 13 points to lead the Lady Eagles past the gritty National University Lady Bulldogs that allowed Ateneo to become the first team to nail a Final Four spot.
There’s no reason for Ateneo to be complacent despite securing a semifinal berth, so the Fil-Canadian will make sure that Ateneo will finish strong in their remaining games of the season.
"We have to challenge ourselves, it doesn't matter who we're playing and I think we just always have to win convincingly and we’ll learn from this,” promised Tolentino.
Tolentino is also one of the MVP candidates of the season as she emerged as the league’s second-best blocker behind team mate Maddie Madayag while running in 5th in the best spiker category.
Ateneo’s leading scorer also edged out her own teammate Deanna Wong and FEU’S Heather Guino-o for the weekly plum handed out by print and online scribes covering the beat.