CREAMLINE’S Alyssa Valdez is on pace to win her fifth league MVP award after putting up amazing numbers in the double-round eliminations of the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Open Conference.
Valdez, who won last year’s Reinforced Conference MVP award and three more in the defunct Shakey’s V-League, ended the round with a league-best 280 points built on 231 kills, 34 service aces and 15 blocks.
The longtime national player led Creamline to a league-leading 11-3 record and a place against No.4 Petro Gazz in a best-of-three semifinals series that starts on Wednesday at the Arena in San Juan City.
The former Ateneo Lady Eagles star also finished the elims as the most efficient spiker with a 40.38-percent success rate and wound up as the best server with 0.65 service ace per set.
She also placed fourth in digging with 3.50 excellent digs per set behind three liberos, namely Adamson-Akari’s Thang Ponce (5.81 digs per set), Petro Gazz’s Cienne Cruz (4.62) and Iriga-Navy’s Mary Jane Ticar (3.96).
After a stellar elimination round, Valdez is focusing on their semifinals series with Petro Gazz, putting premium on health and teamwork.
“I think one of the strongest point siguro kung sino ang healthier team na lalaban sa semifinals may advantage talaga,“she said.
“We have to work on our teamwork kasi yun din talaga ang sinasabi ni coach Tai sa latter part. Sixty percent pa lang kasi ang teamwork namin as a team so pagdating ng semifinals hopefully mas madagdagan.”
Reigning Open and Reinforced Conference MVP Myla Pablo of Pocari Sweat-Air Force is also a strong candidate for the prestigious honor as she finished second in scoring with 267 points in the elims from 237 kills, 19 kill blocks and 11 aces as well as in attack efficiency (33.52%) and wound up 10th both in digs and reception.
BanKo’s Dzi Gervacio runs third in scoring with 207 points on 185 kills, 16 service aces and six blocks, fourth in spiking (31.68%) behind Tacloban’s Dimdim Pacres (32.04) and 10th in service (0.30 ace per set).
Three-time league’s Best Setter Jia Morado of Creamline topped the playmaking with 8.65 excellent sets per frame.
Jeanette Panaga of Pocari and Adamson-Akari’s Krich Macaslang were the top blockers of the conference with 0.79 and 0.71 blocks for set, respectively.
Creamline’s libero Mel Gohing finished on top the reception department with 50% efficiency ahead of Adamson-Akari’s Thang Ponce (49.28).