GRADUATING University of Santo Tomas star Sisi Rondina is set to be crowned as UAAP Season 81 MVP, while her teammate Eya Laure is the runaway winner of Rookie of the Year.
League sources bared to SPIN.ph the list of awardees in the women’s volleyball tournament this season, following the FIVB format for the first time.
Rondina capped her fifth playing year with her first indoor MVP plum on top of her four UAAP beach volleyball titles and four MVPs.
The 5-foot-6 outside hitter became the first MVP from UST since Venus Bernal in Season 69.
The pride of Cebu also won her second straight Best Scorer award averaging 18.5 points per game in the eliminations and named as 2nd Best Outside Spiker finishing No.2 in attacking with 33.38% success rate.
Meanwhile, Laure is the top rookie this season after putting up MVP numbers close to her teammate Rondina.
The 20-year-old rookie will also bring home the 1st Best Outside Spiker as she was the most efficient attackers in the eliminations with 35.90 % success rate and the second top scorer in the league with 16.43 points per match.
Laure became the second straight player to win the top rookie award after injured teammate Milena Alessandrini won it last year.
The most prolific duo of UST also have a chance to end a nine-year title drought of their school facing Ateneo in a best-of-three Finals series starting on Saturday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Rondina and Laure will receive their individual awards before Game 2 on Wednesday at the MOA Arena in Pasay City.
Ateneo’s Kat Tolentino is set to be named Best Opposite Spiker as she led the Lady Eagles all season long as No.3 in scoring, attacking and blocking with 14.29 points per game, 30.23% attack rate and 0.63 block per set.
National University graduating skipper Roselyn Doria won the 1st Best Middle Blocker plum even she was second in blocking with 0.69 block per frame and 37 kills blocks, while Madayag settled for 2nd Best Middle Blocker leading the department with 0.86 block per set and 44 kill blocks.
UE graduating stars won’t end their UAAP careers empty handed as Lai Bendong won the Best Setter with a league best 6.81 sets per frame, while Kath Arado earned the Best Libero both finishing No. 1 in digging and receiving with 6.94 digs per set and 60.82% efficiency in receptions.
NU’s rookie Princess Robles won the Best Server award as she topped the league in service nailing 0.48 ace per set.