Angel Canino, Alyssa Solomon top UAAP women’s volleyball scoring after first round
MANILA, Philippines — Angel Canino and Alyssa Solomon led the league in scoring and spiking after the first round of the UAAP Season 85 women’s volleyball tournament.
La Salle rookie Canino and National University’s reigning Best Opposite Spiker Solomon emerged as the top scorers of the league both tallying a total of 112 points each.
University of Santo Tomas star Eya Laure, last season’s best scorer, was third in scoring with 105 points built on 86 spikes, 15 blocks, and four aces. Adamson spiker Kate Santiago placed fourth after seven games with 97 points, while her rookie teammate Trisha Tubu and Faith Nisperos were tied at No.5 with 96 points apiece.
Reigning Most Valuable Player Bella Belen was the Top 7 scorer tied with Far Eastern University’s Jov Fernandez with 89 points each. Ateneo spiker Vanie Gandler had 80 points in the first round, followed by La Salle senior player Jolina Dela Cruz with 79 markers at No. 10.
Solomon led the league in attacking with 40.57% spiking efficiency. Canino was the No.2 Best Spiker with 37.84%, followed by Santiago (37.66%), Fernandez (36.10%), and Laure (35.68%).
Canino and Dela Cruz were all over the top 10 of each statistical department after helping La Salle sweep the first round for the first time since Season 76 capped by a statement 25-10, 25-15, 25-21 victory over defending champion NU.
Canino has been making a strong case for the Rookie of the Year award and even the MVP as she also emerged as the top 5 best receiver with a 39.01% efficiency rate and top 7 best server with 0.29 aces per set.
Dela Cruz has also shown an all-around performance in the first round as the third best blockers with 0.58 blocks per set, fourth in receiving with 42.72% efficiency rate, seventh in digs with 2.33 digs per set, and 10th in serving with 0.25 aces per frame.
Lady Spiker Thea Gagate was the top blocker of the first round with 0.79 blocks per set, followed by University of the Philippines’ Nina Ytang (0.75), Dela Cruz and Laure (0.58), and NU middle blocker Erin Pangilinan and La Salle’s Fifi Sharma with 0.54 kill blocks per set.
La Salle captain Mars Alba was the top server with 0.58 aces per set way ahead of NU pair Sheena Toring and Princess Robles, who both averaged 0.35 aces per frame, followed by Lady Bulldogs’ setter Lams Lamina, UST rookie Regina Jurado, and Pangilinan, who all tallied 0.31 aces per set.
Adamson playmaker Louie Romero was ahead of the reigning Best Setter Lamina in the race with 5.08 excellent sets per frame as the latter placed second after seven games with 4.54 sets per frame. Alba was No.3 (4.46), followed by UST rookie setter Cassie Carballo (3.50), and Ateneo’s Taks Fujimoto (3.33).
FEU rookie libero Marga Encarnacion was the first round’s top digger with 4.37 digs per set, followed by La Salle’s Justine Jazareno (3.92), UST’s Dett Pepito (3.35), reigning Best Libero Jennifer Nierva of NU (3.12), and Ateneo’s Roma Doromal (3.04).
Pepito was the best receiver with a 52.51% efficiency rate. Adamson’s Karen Verdeflor was the top 2 with 49.59% followed by Nierva with 46.72%, while Dela Cruz and Canino completed the top 5 as the only non-liberos.
Defending champion NU, which finished the round with a 5-2 record, led four of the six departments as the best spiking team with a 34.69% attack rate, best serving team averaging 2.04 aces per set, best setting team with 5.50 excellent sets per frame, and best receiving team with 38.08% efficiency rate.
La Salle was the top blocking team with 3.17 blocks per set way ahead of No.2 Adamson (1.96). The Lady Spikers are also No.2 in spiking (33.86%), No.2 in service aces (1.88 aces per set), top two in receiving (38.07%), second in digging (12.08 digs per frame) behind leader FEU (13.74), and No.4 in setting with 4.67 excellent sets per frame.