The top UAAP women's volleyball performers after round 1

MANILA, Philippines – The first half of the UAAP Season 78 women’s volleyball tournament came to an close after the UST Tigresses completed a 3-set sweep of the DLSU Lady Spikers on Wednesday, March 2. 

The loss dropped La Salle, which was coming off an impressive 3-set win over defending champion Ateneo, to 5-2 in the standings and in possession of second place. The Lady Eagles, who are 6-1 after the first round, are currently on top.

After La Salle, UP and FEU round off the top 4 with identical 4-3 records. The Lady Maroons rank ahead at third due to a superior quotient - 13 points to FEU’s 12.

The next 3 teams in the standings - NU (5), UST (6), Adamson (7) - also have similar records at 3-4. The peking order is also based on quotient, with the Lady Bulldogs’ 10 points outnumbering the 9 of the Tigresses and 7 of the Lady Falcons.

The UE Lady Warriors are dead last at 0-7 and are in the midst of a 52-game losing streak. They’ve only won one of 22 sets this season.

Individual stats

UST’s Cherry Rondina is leading the league in scoring with 129 points - 104 on spikes, 15 on services, and 10 on blocks. Second to her is Jessica Galanza of Adamson, who’s already recorded 107 spikes, 7 service aces, and 4 block scores for a total of 118 points.

Closely behind her is Toni Basas of FEU, who has 116 points on 96 spikes, 14 services, and 6 blocks.

Ateneo’s Alyssa Valdez and UST’s EJ Laure round off the top 5 with 113 and 106 points, respectively.

Jhoana Maraguinot of Ateneo has the highest success rate of spikes in the UAAP at 44%. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Jhoana Maraguinot of Ateneo has the highest success rate of spikes in the UAAP at 44%.

Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Valdez’s teammate, Jhoana Maraguinot, has had a superb season and currently leads the league in spikes with a 44% success rate (51 overall).

NU’s Jaja Santiago is second at 41.27% (78), while Valdez comes in at third at 40.59% (97).

In blocking, La Salle’s Mary Joy Baron leads the league with an average of 1.04 by set and a total of 24 kill blocks. Her teammate, DLSU veteran Mika Reyes, is second with a 0.7 average and 16 kill blocks.

Ateneo’s Bea De Leon is third in blocks with an average of 0.55 by set with a total of 12 kill blocks.

In the best servers category, Ateneo’s Madeleine Madayag and DLSU’s Kim Fajardo lead the league with 16 service aces each, but the Lady Eagle has a better average by set (0.73) compared to the Lady Spiker (0.70). Valdez is third with a 0.59 average and 13 aces.

Fajardo, however, is far and away the current best setter of the league with 188 running sets and an average of 8.2 by set, while Ateneo’s Jia Morado comes in at second with 158 running sets and an average of 7.2 by set. At third is UP’s Jewel Lai witha 6.3 average by set and 163 running sets.

In the best digger statistics, La Salle’s Dawn Macandili leads the league with 72 digs and an average of 3.1 by set. Kathleen Arado of UE is second with an average of 2.6 and 58 digs, while Jellie Tempiatura of Adamson is third with an average of 2.3 and 62 digs.

University of the Philippines’ Arielle Estra-ero leads the league in receiving with 96 excellent receptions and a 35.2% efficiency. Second in that list of Macandili with a 30.7% efficiency and 63 excellent receptions, while NU’s Fatima General is third with a 27% efficiency and 60 excellent receptions.

Team rankings

Ateneo leads the league in spiking with a 41% success rate to go with 275 spikes. La Salle comes in at second with a 34.4% success rate to go with 275 spikes as well, while UST is third with a 32% success rate with 310 total spikes.

La Salle, which is averaging 2.6 blocks by set, leads the league while UST’s 2.11 average is at second. UP rounds off the top 3 with a 2.0 average.

La Salle also leads the league in service with 63 aces and a 2.7 average by set, while its rival Ateneo is second with 55 aces and a 2.5 average. FEU is at third with 51 aces and a 1.9 average.

In digging, the Lady Spikers are on top with an average of 8.1 by set. UP, which is at 7.81, and UST, which has an average of 7.75, are number two and 3, respectively.

La Salle also leads the league in setting with 195 running sets and an average of 8.5 by set. Ateneo is second with an average of 7.2 by set, while UP is right on its heels with an average of 7.1 by set.

In terms of receiving, the Lady Spikers are also ahead with an efficiency of 27.2%. UP is at second with 22.6%, while Ateneo is third with 16.9%.

Statistics are courtesy of TMX Sports. –