UAAP Volleyball: Marano, Galang named co-MVPs
MANILA, Philippines -- De La Salle University teammates Abi Marano and Ara Galang have been named co-Most Valuable Players of the 75th UAAP women's volleyball tournament --- the first such occurrence in the country's premiere collegiate athletic league.
Marano, who won her second straight MVP plum, and Galang, last season's Rookie of the Year, led the Lady Spikers to a 13-1 record in the elimination round and on the verge of a third straight championship.
Marano anchored La Salle's stonewall-like defense and averaged 10.9 points highlighted by 3.1 blocks en route to winning the Best Blocker award while the powerful Galang normed 12.6 points off 9.6 kills, 1.7 blocks and 1.3 service aces in her second season in the UAAP.
Galang finished seventh in scoring, sixth in blocking, eighth in attacking (32.92% success rate) and 10th in digging (6.8 digs/game) in a brilliant all-around tournament-long performance.
Meanwhile, co-MVPs were also chosen in the men's division, with University of Santo Tomas' Mark Gil Alfafara and La Salle's Red Christensen bagging the award.
Alfafara wounded up second in scoring behind Adamson offensive machine Ron Jay Galang, putting up 15.4 points per outing while hitting 11.2 kills, 2.9 blocks and 1.4 aces for the Tigresses, who narrowly missed out on a Final Four spot this year.
The Golden Spiker also copped the Best Blocker award and ended his stint as ninth in attacking and second in serving.
On the other hand, Christensen ended Season 75 with 12.0 points per game while finishing seventh in attacking, and eighth in blocking as the Green Spikers placed third in the tourney.
National University's Aiko Sweet Urdas and Adamson University's Nikko Ramirez were also chosen as Rookie of the Year in the women's and men's division, respectively. - Rappler.com
Complete list of awardees
Best Scorer - Ron Jay Galang, Adamson University
Best Attacker - Peter Den Mar Torres, National University
Best Blocker - Mark Gil Alfafara, University of Santo Tomas
Best Server - Arvin Avila, Far Eastern University
Best Digger - Carlo Almario, University of the East
Best Setter - Vincent Raphael Mangulabnan, National University
Best Receiver - Arvin Avila, Far Eastern University
Rookie of the Year - Nikko Ramirez, Adamson University
MVPs for the Season
Mark Gil Alfafara, University of Santo Tomas
Red Christensen, De La Salle University
Best Scorer - Alyssa Valdez, Ateneo de Manila University
Best Attacker - Myla Pablo, National University
Best Blocker - Abigail Marano, De La Salle University
Best Server - Shiela Marie Pineda, Adamson University
Best Digger - Jennylyn Reyes, National University
Best Setter - Jamenea Ferrer, Ateneo de Manila University
Best Receiver - Jennylyn Reyes, National University
Rookie of the Year - Aiko Urdas, National University
MVPs for the Season
Abigail Marano, De La Salle University
Victonara Galang, De La Salle University