ALYSSA Valdez won her second straight MVP award, as expected, while also bagging the titles of Best Scorer and Best Server in the UAAP women’s volleyball tournament.
The Ateneo star scored a total of 312 points from 262 spikes, 18 blocks and 32 service aces, averaging 22.28 points per game in their 14 wins in the double-round elimination to earn the Best Scorer award. She beat National University star Jaja Santiago, who had 262 points, and La Salle team captain Ara Galang with 238 points.
The race for the Best Server award was a lot closer, with La Salle's Kim Fajardo and Valdez both registering 32 service aces in the elims. But the Queen Eagle got the higher average per set of 0.65 compared to Fajardo’s 0.64.
Another Ateneo standout, Denden Lazaro, crowned herself Best Receiver with a 27.25 efficiency rating, beating Fatima General of NU (26.20) and teammate Ella de Jesus (23.91).
Santiago, younger sister of former NU star Dindin, eclipsed Valdez in attacks to win the Best Spiker award. Santiago had a success rate of 39.13 percent against the 38.53 percent of Valdez.
Although University of Santo Tomas missed the semifinals for the third consecutive year, the Tigresses will have something to be proud of as sophomore Ria Meneses emerged as the Best Blocker and rookie EJ Laure will share the Rookie of the Year honors with University of the East’s Kathleen Arado.
Meneses, the niece of PBA great Vergel Meneses, imposed her might at the net with a total of 47 block points or an average of .094 blocks per set. The pride of Malolos, Bulacan defeated Santiago and Adamson’s Mylene Paat by four blocks.
Ateneo sophomore Jia Morado, who came in second to Fajardo in last year’s Best setter race, won over her La Salle counterpart after tallying 9.02 average per set. Fajardo had 8.16.
In the defense department, Far Eastern University libero Tin Agno wound up as the Best Digger with a 3.34 average per set.
The awardees will get their trophies on Saturday before the second match of the finals between Ateneo and La Salle at the Mall of Asia Arena.