Collegiate volleyball’s finest; Malditas make mark

Marck Espejo. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/

Inquirer Sports concludes its three-part report on events and personalities that made 2017 another year to remember.


Dawn Macandili and Marck Espejo shone brightest in local volleyball this year. After helping La Salle clinch a second straight UAAP title, the five-foot Macandili won second best libero in the 19th AVC Asian Senior Women’s Championship. Espejo, meanwhile, copped an unprecedented fourth straight UAAP MVP award on top of a third commercial league MVP, the last in the inaugural Premier Volleyball League (PVL).

Dawn Macandili. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/


The Philippine women’s football team made waves as it reached the AFC Women’s Asian Cup for the first time in 15 years. The Malditas earned a berth in the 2018 edition after placing second in their group in the Tajikistan qualifiers last April. Ceres also marked a banner year as the football club bagged the AFC Cup 2017 Asean zone title and the Philippines Football League (PFL) championship.


Team Manila downed defending champion Central Hemet Xplozion, 7-1, to become the first Asian team to rule the 2017 Pony International 18-under Girls Softball World Series last July in Hemet, California. The Philippine Blu Girls, meanwhile, nabbed a silver in the 2017 Women’s Softball Asian Championship in Taiwan to secure berths in the 2018 Women’s Softball Championship and the 2018 Asian Games.


Jiu-jitsu stars Margarita Ochoa and Annie Ramirez delivered a golden double for the Philippines in the 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games (Aimag) last September in Turkmenistan. Ochoa topped the women’s Ne-waza -45kg, while Ramirez reigned in the -55kg category.


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