Baron stands tall in UAAP Season 80 opener to bag Player of the Week honors
Majoy Baron scored 19 points coming from 12 attacks, five blocks, and two aces in La Salle's win vs UST. Marlo Cueto

LA Salle captain Majoy Baron was named the first-ever UAAP Press Corps. Player of the Week in women's volleyball after leading the Lady Spikers to a close win to start Season 80.

The reigning UAAP MVP dominated the net in their 25-20, 17-25, 25-22, 15-25, 15-8 triumph over the University of Santo Tomas Golden Tigresses, piling up 19 points coming from 12 attacks, five blocks, and two aces.

Baron edged out National University's Jaja Santiago, University of the Philippines' Diana Carlos, and Far Eastern University's Toni Rose Basas, all of whom also led their teams to wins over the weekend.

With their starting opposite hitter Kianna Dy hampered by a hyperextended left knee, the Lady Spikers needed every bit of Baron's steady play and leadersip to outlast the fiery Tigresses. 

"Marami kaming ginawang adjustments before the game kasi nga si Kianna may iniinda pang injury. So, malaking bagay na very consistent 'yung nilaro ni Majoy," said La Salle head coach Ramil De Jesus.

"Veteran na 'yan si Majoy so alam niya na ang reponsibilidad niya sa court. As team captain, lumalabas talaga 'yung leadership niya lalo na sa mga bata niyang teammates."

The Tarlac-native is already focused on their upcoming matches. Gunning for a three-peat, the Lady Spikers know that this season will be more challenging compared to their past championship campaigns.

"For me, marami pang kulang like sa pagje-jell ng team. Hindi pa ito 'yung maibubuga pa namin. Kailangan pa naming mag-improve as a team. Magandang nangyari na ito 'yung five-setter game na challenge sa amin as a team," said the middle blocker.??

La Salle looks to go 2-0 when they face the UP on Saturday at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

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