DINDIN Santiago became the youngest MVP in Shakey’s V-League history, receiving the league’s top individual award in the First conference of Season 10 on Thursday at the Mall of Asia Arena.
The towering 19-year-old National University star, who was also named Best Scorer, was rewarded for her efforts in leading the Lady Bulldogs to their first Finals appearance in the country’s premier volleyball league opposite defending champion Ateneo.
"Masayang masaya po kasi hindi ko naman in-expect na mananalo akong MVP tapos nakagawa pa kami ng history para sa NU after naming makapasok ng finals," the Tanza, Cavite native and fourth-year Hotel and Restaurant management student said.
"Pero mas makukumpleto po ang kasiyahan ko kung mag-cha-champion kami. Yun naman po ang pinaka importante sa lahat."
Three of Santiago’s NU teammates were also rewarded as Myla Pablo was adjudged Best Attacker, Rubie de Leon is Best Setter, and Jennilyn Reyes is Best Digger.
Ateneo and University of Santo Tomas had two awardees each. Alyssa Valdez was named Best Server, while Thai import Jeng Bualee bagged the Best Receiver award for the Lady Eagles. The Tigresses’ awardess were Maika Ortiza (Best Blocker) and Pamela Lastimosa (Most Improved Player).