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    Majoy Baron proud to measure up to Jaja Santiago in battle of UAAP giants

    Mar 12, 2017
    La Salle ace Majoy Baron drives down a spike against NU's Jaja Santiago. Jerome Ascano

    MAJOY Baron led a block party in La Salle's 25-21, 25-11, 15-25, 25-12 win over National University in the UAAP Season 79 women’s volleyball tournament on Sunday at the Araneta Coliseum.

    The fourth-year middle blocker led the Lady Spikers with 17 points and made six of the team’s nine blocks - higher than the four of the entire NU side in the match that took an hour and 42 minutes to finish.

    The 5-foot-9 Baron said her biggest motivation was trying to measure up against the league’s tallest player - NU captain Jaja Santiago, who’s eight inches taller than her.

    “Oo naman syempre si Jaja ‘yan, sobrang challenging kaya sobrang binantayan ko siya alam ko naman na siya yung go-to-guy (ng NU),” said the Lady Spikers standout.

    [See La Salle makes it two wins in a row with romp over NU Bulldogs]

    Santiago was held to nine points, from six hits, two blocks, and one service ace, but Baron was quick to playdown her dominating performance at the net.

    The soft-spoken volleybelle said simply rode on her good start.

    “Siguro, nabasa ko lang ‘yung mga palo nila. Kasi ako pag naka-block ako at natimingan ko siya parang sa next nakukuha ko lalo yung timing once nabasa ko siya,” she explained.

    La Salle improved to 7-2 win-loss record while NU dropped to 5-4 in a tie with Far Eastern University.

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    La Salle ace Majoy Baron drives down a spike against NU's Jaja Santiago. Jerome Ascano
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