Jaja Santiago reigns supreme.
As a new era in PH volleyball dawns, NU’s Santiago is all set to be the new torch bearer in the seniors division after being awarded as the 13th Shakey’s V-League Collegiate Conference MVP.
Towing her team to yet another finals appearance, the 6-foot-5 spiker—also awarded as the first best middle blocker—showcased resolve, proving that the Lady Bulldogs, who came into the tournament with only 11 chess pieces, can be title contenders even without former guest players Rubie de Leon and Dindin Santiago-Manabat.
Though FEU failed to live up to expectations—yielding to Ateneo in the semis—the leader of its strong charge, Remy Palma, known for her mind games and agile plays, was recognized as the second best middle blocker.
Chin Basas picked up where she left off in Season 78 as she dazzled anew for FEU, making her the best opposite spiker as she edged out early favorites Michelle Morente and Eya Laure.
Copping the first best outside hitter award, UP’s Isa Molde pulled through in spite of struggling to get back into form from start till midway through the competition. The Season 78 Rookie of the Year said jitters is to blame for her lackluster performance which eventually picked up from the quarterfinals onwards.
Jorelle Singh, who was plagued by a heart disease that barred her from seeing action for a month, still managed to snatch the second best outside hitter plum as she backstopped Santiago in the scoring department for NU.
Pulling a fast one on Jasmine Nabor, Ateneo’s Jia Morado eclipsed the NU playmaker to bag the best setter award while her partner in crime, libero Gizzle Tan, came home with the best libero recognition. — By Mac Dionisio