UAAP Season 82 volleyball tidbits
Mark Escarlote on Apr 10, 2020 07:04 PM
(Photo: Arvin Lim)
The UAAP cancelled Season 82 after the government extended the enhanced community quarantine amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic putting an abrupt end to centerpiece second semester sport volleyball.
The crowd-drawing tournament ran for just a week or a total of four playdates.
It was disappointingly short but the season proved to be an exciting one with memorable matches, performances and moments.
Here are some of them:
The tournament was supposed to open February 15, but was pushed back two weeks after the government confirmed cases of coronavirus infection in the country.
Interestingly, the UAAP on its first-ever second semester press conference on February 11 announced the original schedule to push through only to call a postponement of all sporting events a day after.
FIRST SEASON 82 MATCH
The men’s match of University of East and Far Eastern University opened the season on March 3 with a gate attendance of 908 spectators.
It was a one-sided affair with the Tamaraws scoring a 25-10, 25-22, 25-23, win.
Rookie JJ Javelona made a great introduction, finishing with 11 points with all but one coming off attacks, while senior Peter Quiel had 10 markers.
University of Sto. Tomas and FEU played what turned out to be the last game of the season on March 8.
The Tigresses swept the Lady Tamaraws, 25-20, 25-16, 25-18, with sisters Eya and EJ Laure scoring 16 and 12 points, respectively.
The NU Lady Bulldogs defeated the UST Tigresses in the lone five-set match in the women’s division.
Four games were decided in straight sets while two were concluded in four frames. Adamson U played only one match and was the only team which failed to win a set.
In men’s play, FEU beat UST in five sets in the only match that went the full distance.
There were four matches that ended in straight sets and two in four frames. DLSU and Adamson played only one game each and both lost in straight sets.
HIGHEST SINGLE-GAME SCORING OUTPUT
University of the Philippines senior Isa Molde scored the most points in a single game in the women’s division this year with 24.
Molde had 18 kills, four kill blocks and a couple of aces in a four-set victory over the UE Lady Warriors.
Red Warrior Lloyd Josafat held the highest single-game scoring output in men’s play with 32 points in a four-set win over UP.
The sophomore hammered 28 attacks with three kill blocks and an ace
Fighting Maroon Louis Gamban became the talk of the town after an inspired debut for UP.
The recruit from University of Perpetual Help powered the Fighting Maroons to a straight sets upset win over Ateneo de Manila University.
He backed his court sass and swag with an amazing performance both on offense and defense
BIGGEST GATE ATTENDANCE
As expected, the first meeting between reigning women’s champion Ateneo and DLSU drew the biggest live audience in Season 82.
A 12,907-strong crowd filled the MOA Arena forming a sea of blue and green despite the then rising threat of the COVID-19 outbreak.
FIRST VIDEO CHALLENGE
The UAAP introduced the use of video challenge in Season 82.
However, the technology was unavailable during the first playdate of the season because of technical problems.
The NU Bulldogs had the honor of calling the first-ever video challenge on March 8 in their game against UST.
NU head coach Dante Alinsunurin called for a net violation challenge in the first set with the Bulldogs protecting a 20-19 advantage. The challenge was unsuccessful but NU went on to claim the win in four sets.
Tigresses hitter Blove Barbon pounded the last point of the season in UST’s dominating win over the Lady Tamaraws.
Barbon hammered a backrow attack off a Maji Mangulabnan set to break the FEU’s three-woman wall to cap off the match.
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