Jaja Santiago ends UAAP career on a high note with MVP plum

MANILA, Philippines – National University's Jaja Santiago finally earned her farewell gift from the UAAP as she bagged the Season 80 Women's Volleyball Most Valuable Player award. 

Santiago's heroics led the Sampaloc-based team to the Final 4 as the team's explosive start paved the way for the Lady Bulldogs to finish on top of round 1. 

The middle blocker also earned her 3rd Best Spiker award as she registered the highest spiking efficiency of 41.76%. 

At the end of the eliminations, Santiago ranked second in the Best Scorer category with a total of 280 points off 223 spikes, 36 blocks and 21 aces.

However, Santiago was not able to defend her Best Blocker award as she placed behind  Far Eastern University's (FEU) Celine Domingo, who posted an average of 0.73 blocks per set. The Lady Tamaraw served her residency in Season 79 after transferring to FEU from UE. 

University of Santo Tomas Golden Tigress Sisi Rondina nabbed the Best Scorer award with a total of 296 points off 271 spikes, 8 blocks and 17 aces. 

De La Salle University's Desiree Cheng topped the league in the Best Server category with 0.66 aces per set. 

University of the East's Kath Arado also edged out DLSU's Dawn Macandili in both the Best Digger and Best Receiver categories as she averaged 6.72 digs per set and excellently converted 53.07% of her receptions. 

Ateneo's Deanna Wong emerged as Best Setter as she averaged 8.54 sets per frame. The former libero converted back to a setter this Season 80 to fill in the void left by former star setter Jia Morado.

UST's Milena Alessandrini took home the Rookie of the Year honors. – Rappler.com

Beatrice Go

More commonly known as “Bee”, Beatrice is a multimedia sports reporter for Rappler, who covers Phillippine sports governance, national teams, football and the UAAP. Stay tuned for her news and features on Philippine sports and videos like the Rappler Athlete’s Corner and Rappler Sports Timeout.