UAAP Season 82: First to impress in women’s volleyball
Mark Escarlote on Mar 13, 2020 03:25 PM
Here's a list of some of the players who made an immediate impact in the first week of action in the UAAP Season 82 women's volleyball.
Fans got a chance to witness UAAP Season 82 women’s volleyball action last week after a long delay following the outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19).
It was just unfortunate that the tournament needed to be put on halt in light of the latest development regarding the spread of the virus for the safety of players, officials and fans.
But in a single week fans got a taste of the league’s second semester centerpiece sporting event. It was short, honestly, but it did [sort of] satisfy the fans’ craving for UAAP volleyball.
Let’s look back at some players who made immediate impact for their respective teams in the week that was.
The Congolese recruit debuted with a bang for National University, helping the Lady Bulldogs score a major upset over last year’s runner-up University of Sto. Tomas in five sets.
Towering at 6-foot-2 and playing at the wing spot, the foreign student-athlete fired 23 points she collected from 20 attacks and three aces.
Mutshima followed it up with 13 markers coming off seven kills, three blocks and three aces as NU demolished Adamson University in straight sets.
Carrying the torch for the now graduate Sisi Rondina, the Season 81 Rookie of the Year showed that University of Sto. Tomas is in good hands
The Tigresses’ first game may not be the ideal start that UST wanted after losing to National University in five sets but Laure displayed her well-rounded game with 20 points, 19 on attacks, and added 18 digs.
She then led the Tigresses to a straight sets bounce back win over Far Eastern University, scoring 16 points on 12 kills, three kill blocks and an ace. Laure also posted 14 digs and eight excellent receptions.
The blue chip recruit of defending champion Ateneo de Manila University after two games strengthened her case for the coveted rookie of the year honors.
Nisperos announced her arrival with 10 points – all on attacks – and seven excellent receptions in the Lady Eagles’ 25-13, 25-17, 25-23, drubbing of University of the Philippines.
She then proved that her debut was no fluke when Nisperos blasted 13 markers including 10 from spikes in her first taste of the storied Ateneo-De La Salle University rivalry.
Unfortunately, she was the only Lady Eagle in double figures as Ateneo bowed down in four sets.
After missing action last year, the graduating middle played her role well for National University both as a court leader and scoring option.
In her first game back, Sato finished with seven kill blocks in her 17-point outing in the Lady Bulldogs’ win over UST.
Sato then had eight markers, half off kill blocks, as NU crushed Adamson U.
Two years removed from UAAP wars because of a stubborn shoulder injury, Laure reminded the league of who she is.
The Season 77 Rookie of the Year dropped 17 points, 15 on spikes, and laced her comeback performance with 20 digs and 12 excellent receptions in a loss to NU.
She then picked up from where she left off and hammered 10 of her 12 points on kills in a win over FEU.
The towering De La Salle University rookie passed her baptism of fire with flying colors.
Gagate showed no signs of rookie jitters as she registered 10 points in the Lady Spikers’ first game and opening day victory over archrival Ateneo.
The 6-foot-2 freshman wreaked havoc at the net as she anchored the DLSU’s solid net defense with five kill blocks that frustrated the Lady Eagles.
The graduating UP spiker knows how to bounce back in style after a disappointing first game.
Coming off a stinging straight sets defeat at the hands of Ateneo in their first game, Molde registered a season-high 24 points in the Fighting Maroons’ four-set win over University of the East.
She had 18 attacks, four kill blocks and a pair of aces for an all-around scoring effort.
Molde opened her season with nine points, seven off kills, and seven digs
In the first game of her swan song, Tiamzon did not disappoint after exploding for 17 points in DLSU’s win over Ateneo.
The graduating hitter smashed 14 spikes, had a pair of kill blocks and an ace to go with 12 digs and 13 excellent receptions for the Lady Spikers.
Her best moment so far in the season was getting that badge of honor high-five from head coach Ramil De Jesus after scoring a point.
Adamson U received a reality check in their first game of the season, losing in three sets to NU.
However, the Lady Falcons found a gem in lanky in Toring after the rookie displayed an all-around game on offense.
Toring finished with 11 points coming off six spikes, two kill blocks and three aces.
FEU lost most of its scorers last year, leaving a rebuilding team to campaign in Season 82.
Fortunately, the Lady Tamaraws still have a silent operator in Villareal.
She opened the season with 11 points as FEU gored UE in straights sets. Villareal finished with eight kills, two kill blocks and an ace.
But the Lady Tams failed to sustain their momentum as they fell victim to UST in three sets with Villareal providing seven markers.
Playing in her final season, Carlos delivered consistently as expected.
She was the lone bright spot for UP in an opening day loss to Ateneo, finishing with 11 points as the only Fighting Maroon in double figures.
Carlos then provided 15 markers including 12 from attacks for UP in its four-set rebound win over UE.
She added nine digs.
Coming into the season, the UE rookie playmaker already knew she has big shoes to fill as replacement for now graduate Season 81 Best Setter Lai Bendong.
Quizon did her job well - albeit not translating into victories – for the Lady Warriors.
She debuted with 18 excellent sets and scored three points in a lost cause against FEU.
Quizon then tallied 21 excellent sets, seven more than the total of UP, and four markers in a four-set loss to the Fighting Maroons.
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